A reader has a question about artificial contraception

He writes: Thanks for all your writing. I really enjoy it and find it uplifting when I’m feeling exhausted with the world. I have found your critique of Catholics who are overly focused on abortion at the expense of other Life issues to be compelling and personally convicting. So thanks for that! On that note, [Read More…]


A reader writes: You might have kids old enough to join us but regardless, I hope you would disseminate the information. Are you ready to step into the waters of unity? Well we are ready for you! Kerygma is now taking applications for a DTS starting Aug. 30, 2017 and we would love to have [Read More…]

Follow up conversation with my thoughtful reader…

with whom I corresponded last week. He writes: Mark, thank you so much for that kind note, it has given me a lot to think about.  I personally don’t see Trump as that big of a threat, but if you do, than I agree, you shouldn’t worry whether or not conservatives think you are being [Read More…]

A reader writes a thoughtful letter of complaint

  I have enjoyed how you have exposed the different hypocrisy’s and inconstancies in the varies positions of the right. Thank you. But I have to be honest  recently it has become so condescending that its hard to listen to. I’m sorry my tone is offputting.  Flippancy is an ancient habit with me when I [Read More…]

A young reader writes about her confusion over Pope Francis

She writes: I’m a teenaged Catholic who tries to follow your blog and very much respects your insight into topics.  Lately I’ve been having a hard time understanding all the news on amoris laetitia, Pope Francis, and the Dubia: What should a Catholic think and say when people ask? I can only speak for myself [Read More…]

A reader struggles with fear of hell

He writes: Confession or Holy Communion for a couple of years because I am worried about making a sacrilege. People tell me, “Don’t worry, you have scruples/neo-Jansenism/OCD” but yet there are a number of Catholic saints and even Doctors of the Church who thought that almost everyone will be damned. There are hundreds of quotes [Read More…]

A reader writes to admonish me

Sez he: I’ve been reading your blog and other work for at least 15 years. Thank you! Like you, I live in a non-swing state, and so voted third-party in 2008, ‘12 and ’16. Even so, this year was different. I definitely thought Trump was such a radically poor choice that I would have owed [Read More…]

A question about Sacred Tradition

A reader writes: Sorry to disturb. I teach an RCIA class and a question came up for a further explanation of what Sacred Tradition is. Saying “as Catholics we believe that the source of our belief is both sacred scripture and sacred tradition.” wasn’t enough. Someone wanted an example of sacred tradition. Scripture is easy [Read More…]

Life’s Little Ironies

A reader writes: Ironic, innit, that the party obsessed with preserving the inviolate integrity of American elections against voter fraud by non-citizens trying to vote in our elections should be so indifferent to Russian interference in our presidential election. The main difference being that the former is an urban myth propagated by a delusional conspiracy [Read More…]

A reader wrote me on November 14

But because I am a lazy slob, I am only now getting around to replying, to my shame. She sez: You have been writing quite a bit about people who are “anti-abortion but not pro-life”. You wrote I think very clearly and movingly about the fact that raising one specific virtue above all the others [Read More…]