A reader with the suspiciously un-American-sounding name “Adolfo” writes…

Ok, Mark…Quick–without using the internet–name 10 players on the Seahawks’ roster… Okay, “Adolfo” (if that’s your real name–and, by the way, you know who *else* had a name very much like “Adolfo”?  STALIN, THAT’S WHO!!!), here’s my answer: There is no “I” in “Team”.  It’s not about individuals with so-called “names”.  It’s about the Team [Read More...]

Reader Burke Ingraffia writes…

I listen to you quite a bit on EWTN radio. I am a professor at Loyola University in New Orleans where I teach Internet technologies and music technology in the Department of Music Industry Studies. I also have a B.A. in theology from Steubenville. I have a video for a new song that I think [Read More...]

Could you help with a survey?

A reader writes: A friend of mine, Fr. Albert DelloRusso, is conducting a brief (8 question) survey for his thesis project in Canon Law. Would you kindly post this link and provide your readers with an opportunity to do an easy act of charity for a very good priest? Go team! [Read more...]

A Conversation about Fat Jokes

A reader wrote me in puzzlement because some Anonymous crashed her embroidery blog with a (to her) cryptic remark: And it continues! I’m not even sure what “pastry pontiff” means. And Anonymous was off-topic — his/her comment wasn’t about hardanger embroidery at all! Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “On the Last [Read More...]

Question about “Defining Oneself by One’s Sexuality”

A reader writes: Is it uncharitable for me to say that it seems really shallow for one to define oneself by one’s sexual proclivities, whether you’re L or G or B or T — or even H? Is this another example of people filling their unrecognized but innate desire for religion, for something to believe [Read More...]

Homosex and Shrimp

A reader writes: I know you are a very busy person, but if you could humor me by helping me out with this, I would appreciate it. I keep reading over and again, on FB and blogs that “Sure, the Bible condemned homosexuality, but it also condemned the eating of shellfish. If you think homosexuality [Read More...]

Conversation with Somebody Thinking of Becoming Catholic

He writes: I am considering becoming a Catholic and currently have a few questions I would like to ask. 1) I am having trouble distinguishing what teachings are essential to believe in to become a Catholic and what teachings are not essential? What beliefs are dogma and what belief fall in the area of non-essential [Read More...]

Another Rock Solid Endorsement for “The Principle”

Reader Jim Condit, Jr writes in my comboxes: What are these panicked attacks on The Principle Movie? If it is that absurd, it will fall on its own. The Trailer (we use to call it a preview!) looks great, and it looks like a thought-provoking movie. Don’t most people need to consider that the earth [Read More...]

Interested in Helping Birth a Book?

A reader writes: A friend of mine has written a novel and is looking for some help spreading the word: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1785187395/death-of-secrets Check it out! [Read more...]

How Not to Win Hearts and Minds

So here’s the thing: I basically agree with the Church (and most humans in human history) that the optimal environment in which a child should be raised is in family with a father and a mother bound together in the covenant of marriage. The way not to persuade me to change my mind is write me [Read More...]