A Note from a Holy Woman

She writes: I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your recent article on suffering. I have been in chronic pain since I was in my 20s, and am nearly incapacitated now (I am 62) because of rheumatoid arthritis.  The pain I experience on a daily basis is nearly indescribable. I have [Read More…]

A reader grapples with cynicism, negativity, and despair

He writes: I can relate to much of your response to Joe Grabowski. How can those of us who are in a similar situation to the one you described in your reply to Joe Grabowski do to reach out to our Catholic brethren who have fallen prey to the wolves on the left and right, [Read More…]

A reader puzzles about voting

He writes: I’m a regular reader and I was hoping for some advice on thinking with the Church for the election. I live in a deep red state, so my vote only matters for my own conscience. Here’s my problem: my state doesn’t allow write-ins. The only parties on the ballot are pro-abortion or are [Read More…]

Conversation with a Friend Who Supports Hillary

As is, I hope, clear by now I support the legitimacy of voting for Hillary to stop Trump, while at the same time noting that one does not have to vote for her if your conscience will not allow you to and while adding that if you are in a position (as I am) of [Read More…]

Had an interesting conversation with a friend about prolife utopianism

It started with a comment from a reader who said: And do any of you really think than just banning abortion will stop it? I do not get the anti abortion movement…they are anything but pro-life. The ecomomic quagmire that Trump and the GOP would create will cause more children to die…infanticide, abandoment and abuse [Read More…]

A reader has a reasonable objection to my argument that Trump advocates every evil Hillary does

He writes: Your claim that Trump and Hillary will do the same thing on abortion, namely maintain the status quo, is the biggest weakness in your nevertrumpness and the one place where a lot of reasonable pro-life people disagree with you. You’re correct that, by all accounts, Trump doesn’t care about abortion and will do [Read More…]

An honest and heartfelt exchange with a friend who feels that I’ve changed

Joe Grabowski writes (echoing similar letters from other friends and acquaintances I’ve gotten): I’m writing as an admirer, as a brother in Christ, as one like-minded to you even in so many of those issues which are left up to the prudential judgement of individual Catholics, and as – I hope – a friend. I [Read More…]

A Filipina reader writes…

to commiserate and ask for prayers: First of all, I must discharge my toadie duty with honor, and praise your reading of Shakespeare in Trump-speak. I myself have not heard much from that public figure in question, and so this is one of the rare instances where reading the text feels a little flat for [Read More…]

The Amazing and Wonderful Small World of the Catholic Internet

Was plowing through my email today and found a note from a man responding to one of my Mary pieces over at the Register. it was a very sweet note with an accompanying essay the reader had written about Our Lady, but what really got me was his biosketch. He was born to an Orthodox [Read More…]

The Tu Quoque Fallacy is All the Party of Trump Has Left

A reader writes regarding Fr. West’s calumny: All due respect, sir, but do you not commit the same error as he does by saying that your accuser supports Planned Parenthood, torture, abortion, etc. because his candidate does? In my opinion, you should remove those statements from this column to make yourself unworthy of any blame [Read More…]