The Day I Met Jesus in Las Vegas

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That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Several days before my 13th birthday, in late October of 1973, I had a dream that was so vivid that when I woke up the next morning I was convinced that it was no mere dream. As I note in my 2009 memoir, Return to Rome, in the dream Jesus and I “were sitting, facing each other, with the landscape of heaven in the background. He spoke to me. Over thirty years later, I cannot honestly recall the words … [Read more...]

Daily Conclave Report

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Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, the online magazine to which I contribute every two weeks, is publishing a Daily Conclave Report from Rome over at The Catholic Thing. Bob will also be offering commentary on EWTN. … [Read more...]

If Not “Under God,” then What?

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The recent scuffle over God’s temporary absence from the Democrat Party’s 2012 platform is a reminder of how the understanding of “God” in certain enclaves of American life has become diminished. His critics have ceased to comprehend the meaning of His absence – or even to understand the role His presence has played in our understanding of our natural rights. It was in 1954 that the U. S. Congress … [Read more...]

That Good Old Baylor Line That Led Me Back to Catholicism

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "That good old Baylor line! That good old Baylor line! We'll march forever down the years, As long as stars shall shine. We'll fling our green and gold afar To light the ways of time, And guide us as we onward go; That good old Baylor line!" (Eaid Eastland Markham ,“That Good Old Baylor Line,” 1931) Next week I begin my tenth year as a faculty member at Baylor University. When I arrived in July … [Read more...]

Egopapism and the Arlington Five

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That's the title of my most recent piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia has recently drawn national attention because it has asked its catechists to sign a profession of faith that asserts that they believe the catechism that the Church has commissioned them to teach and are committed to the Church as the guardian and custodian of that faith. In short, they are being asked to admit that they are Catholics and that they … [Read more...]

The Pluralist Game

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing.  Here's how it begins: This is how it works. The political liberal, unable to win much support for the goodness of the activity he wants permitted, makes this suggestion to his adversaries: why don’t we let each individual decide for himself whether or not he wants to do X.  His doing X does not affect you, since the state is not forcing you do to X. So, this is a perfectly neutral position consistent with individual liberty. … [Read more...]

What Reagan Can Teach Romney and Santorum

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That's the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: American Conservative politicians are at a rhetorical disadvantage running for national office, not only because the national media are largely liberal. Our cultural vocabulary is infused with liberal assumptions. For this reason, many of us who largely agree with social and economic conservatism cringe when we listen to conservative politicians either struggling to convey a conservative answer without giving … [Read more...]

The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens

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That is the title of my most recent entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: On December 15, contemporary unbelief lost one of its most gifted apologists, Christopher Hitchens. He, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett, are often referred to as the four horsemen of the New Atheism. It is called the “New” Atheism because of its evangelistic zeal, an enthusiasm largely absent from the more urbane and engaging infidelities of “the Old Atheists” like … [Read more...]

Newt Gingrich, Redemption, and the Presidency

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's are some excerpts: In 2009, Gingrich was received into the Catholic Church, the faith of his third wife, Callista Bisek. Because Catholic conversion requires the sacrament of confession, Gingrich has been absolved of his sins. This, of course, suggests to many, including me, that one cannot evaluate Gingrich’s candidacy and character without taking his conversion seriously. It is a mistake for Christians to emulate the … [Read more...]


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