Will The Real Caitlyn Jenner Please Stand Up?

On Monday, the new Vanity Fair cover introduced us to Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner - husband, father, Olympic athlete, reality tv star. There's been all sorts of conversation about the idea that Caitlyn is Jenner's real self, that Jenner is finally being honest.I'm not going to question the validity of Jenner's choice. I just want to have a real and honest conversation about her debut image. Just the magazine cover. Here are three initial thoughts -Does she look like a … [Read more...]

Mad Men, Don Draper, & Pinocchio

And so it ended. Two weeks ago, the Mad Men finale aired. And - spoiler alert -  Don Draper didn't hurl himself out of the window of a Manhattan skyscraper, even though he did have a few desperate glances out of windows in some of the last episodes.The series tended to generate two extreme reactions. Either people really liked the show or they had no patience for it - too dark, too retro, too whatever. I found the show dark, even disturbing at times; but I kept watching. The production quali … [Read more...]

#1 Thing That Men Can Do For Marriage

Over at the CatholicCompany.com, Gretchen (a blogger whom I don't know) posted some great advice for men and their marriages. I know, I know. Men don't always like to be told what to do by a woman. In her defense - and mine! - she's just passing along the advice of one of the [male] Doctors of the Church, St. John Chyrsostom. And, it's actually in the Catechism (CCC 2365). You should check out her post and the meme she created, but here's the highlight of St. John's advice for men to say to … [Read more...]

UPDATE – Creating a Culture of Encounter: The Social Vision of Pope Francis

I'm very excited to announce one of my new projects as Associate Dean of the Augustine Institute's Orange County campus. While we haven't - yet - arranged for Pope Francis to visit the west coast during his visit to the US in September, we are launching a quarterly lecture series with the Diocese of Orange.Dr. Jonathan Reyes, the Executive Director of the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development will be our first speaker next Thursday, May 21. He'll be speaking on the … [Read more...]

A Tale Of Two Princesses

Last week, the (developed) world held its breath for the birth of the new British baby whom we now know is a princess. And all the while, life kept happening for everyone in the world. There were joys, struggles, suffering, death, and more joys. Everyday life.But I couldn't get over the stark contrast in which Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was welcomed at the same time that Francesca Marina, the daughter of a Nigerian refugee, was born on an Italian naval ship. I'd post her picture - … [Read more...]

UK’s “Catholic Herald” Reviews My Study Guide on St. John Paul II’s “Letter to Families.”

So, Francis Phillips at the Catholic Herald (UK) just reviewed a study guide that I prepared for St. John Paul II's Letter to Families. The Letter was written in 1994 to participate in the United Nations "Year of the Family." While more than twenty years old, in many ways it couldn't be more relevant.Archbishop Chaput wrote the Forward. I provided the Introduction and the study questions. Phillips notes that there are two consistent aspects to the Saint's work:He was a philosopher and … [Read more...]