Question and Answer

A reader asks: Why hasn’t there been a more concerted effort of outreach to bring in more black people into the Church ? We’re Catholics. There hasn’t been a concerted effort of outreach to bring anybody into the Church. When people ask if I believe in organized religion, I say, “No. I’m a Catholic.” [Read more...]

First They Came for the Bloggers and…

Hey! Waitaminnit! That’s me! Reader Joe Wagner writes: I stumbled across an old post of yours where someone was defending Cliven Bundy by saying “first they came for the rancher and I said nothing.” We all know the quote that comes from. Is it just me or does it sound morally relativistic? Like we should [Read More...]

Why be Catholic when I’ve been baptized?

A reader writes: I have a friend who is an Evangelical. Over the years she has gone from verbally attacking the Church, to being more silent on the subject, to being somewhat accepting of our existence. Now, she asks me the question—“If I believe in Jesus and who he says he is, and I have [Read More...]

A Correspondence with a Reader about Occult Stuff

The occult is something where I am mostly out of my depth, particularly when it comes to the Church’s pastoral responses. My passing acquaintance with it has come from press clippings from the (I think) wildly dubious and unreliable Fr. Gabriele Amorth, whom many Catholics mysteriously trust despite massive reasons not to do so, and [Read More...]

A reader writes a very kind letter about Mary, Mother of the Son

Sez he: I am a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Seattle starting my first year of the theology at Mount Angel Seminary. I just wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for your trilogy, Mary Mother of the Son. Even though I grew up praying the rosary every night with my family and [Read More...]

A reader asks about a pregnant neighbor

He writes: I have a question I thought you might be able to help me with. An acquaintance of mine — someone I see regularly but don’t know intimately enough to consider a friend — recently announced that she is pregnant. She is not, however, married nor has she given any indication that she intends [Read More...]

Pray for Peace in Iraq

Reader Garrett Johnson writes: Our #20DaysForPeace, consists of 20 days of offerings for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. We will make a daily offering for them, in addition to having them in our prayers. We invite you to share this post and encourage others to participate as well. #PrayForPeace. We started on August the [Read More...]

A manly anonymous reader gets to the bottom of things

A reader from the Party of Personal Responsibility locates the real culprits for the catastrophe in Iraq: “This situation wasn’t caused by George W…. It was caused by Mohammed and the religion he invented; feminism; and John Paul II. Which have turned the men of the West into moral pansies.” I’ll give you Mohammed as [Read More...]

This is just about as Meta as it gets

So I’m fond of impressionists, and particularly fond of Jim Meskimen, who you may remember from this Anyway, some time back I wrote him about something or other and wound up on him mailing list, which is fun because I get things like this from him: You may have seen the video that went viral [Read More...]