How Not to Impose on a Complete Stranger’s Time

Method 1: Demonstrate those Napoleon Dynamite with a Mean Streak social skilz (chicks dig guys with skilz) that do so much to enamor internet atheists to Normals. From: Socratic Forum Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 2:19 PM To: Mark Shea Subject: Debate Proposal– challenge! Jersey Flight from the Socratic Forum for Thought would like to [Read More...]

Orestes Brownson Still Speaks to Us Today

A reader writes: In my own darker moments, I often fall into a real pessimism about our culture. Not that I think it’s entirely unjustified, but sometimes a little historical perspective helps. Yes, things are bad. But things have always been bad to a certain degree. “I wish it need not have happened in my [Read More...]

Just enough of us. Way too many of you poor, dark-skinned people

Well-heeled social planners send that message as they have for decades. A reader writes: I just scanned the latest need-more-abortion study . I thought you could provide some great insight if you had some time. For example, I had to shake my head in disgust when I read this line: “Low-income and minority women are [Read More...]

The Church is a Herd of Cats

A reader writes in mystification: You’ve made this statement a couple of times: “People ask if I believe in organized religion. I always answer, “No. I’m a Catholic.” Could you flesh this out a little? I find it very interesting. Not too much to flesh out really. It’s my tongue-in-cheek way of making the point [Read More...]

SSA Saints: To Canonize or Not to Canonize?

Ron Belgau sends this along: Why the Church and the World Need Celibate Gay Saints Excerpts: “If the Church wants to speak credibly about homosexuality it must be prepared to speak “in the first person,” just as it has recently made an effort to teach the truth of Christian marriage by canonizing married saints and [Read More...]

Funny How That Works

A reader writes: This post on a recent case isn’t exactly about Christianity, but perhaps you’d be interested. I doubt a class based on a Catholic spiritual exercise would be allowed in public schools. [Read more...]

Another Reader Writes to Describe His Experience…

as a faithful Catholic wrestling with SSA: At the end of your post “an-interesting-letter-from-a-gay-reader” you said you “would be particularly interested in hearing from gay readers who are attempting to live as a Catholic disciple of Jesus” so I thought I would share my perspective. It is difficult for me to speak about because I [Read More...]

Reader Adam Bowers has a Noble Aspiration

He writes: I’m very grateful that you helped me launch my blog a month or so ago, and I wonder if you might consider helping me fulfill another dream: I’d like to attend “Sierra Nevada Beer Camp” — people can watch my video and vote for me. My video explains the reasons why I want [Read More...]

A Reader Asks about Michael Voris’ Fusillade Against Pat Robertson

He writes: I just finished watching the following video by Michael Voris that I’ve seen posted by a few friends in various venues: I was interested in your reaction to it. I think there’s much that’s true in what Voris says in this video; however, like some of his other presentations, I found it [Read More...]

An Interesting Letter from a Gay Reader

He writes: I meant to write you after your mea culpa, but it appears someone else beat me to it. I’m happy that you’re asking about the possibility of more effective pastoral outreach to men and women in the Church who experience same-sex attraction. I think, however, the invitation for another approach in the comments [Read More...]

A Question about Christian Yoga

A reader writes: My daughter is taking a yoga class. I have avoided this practice for some time, including invitations from my friends who ask me to join their “Christian” yoga classes. I continue to wonder if this form of exercise is good or not. I have read many viewpoints on both sides. I know [Read More...]

A question about answering faith questions from kids in atheist families

A reader writes: So, I live with a family that is vaguely religious. They don’t seem to be Christian and seem to belong to a spiritual community of some kind, but I’ve never heard them say anything about religion, spirituality, etc. They have a couple of small children who often take an interest in me [Read More...]