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March 14, 2013
Pope Francis, Our American Pope
I just arrived in Portland, Oregon. It was a long, beautiful train ride. My pope...
March 11, 2013
Papal Indifference and The Will of God at the Bowling Alley
I don't care who our next pope will be. I find the fanfare understandable and...
February 25, 2013
Beyond the Funk: Prayers for Quvenzhane Wallis UPDATED
Last night on Twitter, during the fanfare of the Oscars, the satirical news publication, The...
February 17, 2013
On the Death of Matthew Crawley
There is something about season three of Downton Abbey that I really liked. Something dark....
February 17, 2013
Economics Makes Us Crazy
I have no misgivings about, nor apologies for, my near total ignorance of economics. I...
February 13, 2013
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
My dear friend’s dog, Remus, is dying of cancer. Remus is a beautiful greyhound who...
February 11, 2013
Benedict XVI: A Portrait of Humility
I was a senior at Franciscan University of Steubenville when Pope John Paul II died....
January 22, 2013
Guns AND Religion?
During Obama's first go-round in 2008, there was a big flare-up surrounding his comment about...
January 17, 2013
Les Miz Sux: In Defense of Lisa Hendey’s Mom
Lisa Hendey's mother is exactly right: the latest film adaptation of Les Misérables is terribly depressing. It is...
January 16, 2013
Abortion or Religion? A Quandary
When I taught at Wabash College, there was a Protestant non-demoninational congregation down the road...
December 31, 2012
Education, The Craft of Desire
There is a universal and inextricable relationship between desire and belief. This relationship contains and...
December 30, 2012
The Holy Family: A Portrait of Humility**
On today's Feast of the Holy Family we hear a story about parents losing their...
December 28, 2012
The Culture Wars Are Over
It began when a mostly intelligent, cheeky, and sometimes rabble-rousing group of students I befriended...
December 26, 2012
The Sacred Excess of Christmas
Dear Fellow Catholics, Merry Christmas! Cristus natus est! It's party time. A time to feast and...
December 19, 2012
Those Immune to Violence Arm and Disarm
My late Tio "Manino" (short for Marcelino) had an bottle of Mexican brandy beside his...
December 18, 2012
A Quiet Joy, I Suppose
The easy excuse is "I've been grading." But it's not true. I write most when...
December 12, 2012
The Politics of Guadalupe
In loving memory of Fr. Sam Homsey C.PP.S. (1910 - 2004) As a teenager, I...
December 06, 2012
A Shepherd Must Be
The man who writes longhand, Pope Benedict XVI, has a Twitter account. Eight of them, to...
December 03, 2012
Haw Wins: Pagan Christianity and the New Apologetics
In my recent reflection on James Wellman's book on Rob Bell, I tried to steer...
November 19, 2012
The Beauty and Sufficiency of Catholic Liturgy
Over the past year I've been writing a short book: Liturgy as Mystagogy: An Introduction to...
November 18, 2012
Dear Fellow Catholics, It’s NOT Christmas
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I can hardly believe I'm writing this. It's embarrassing...
November 15, 2012
The Scandalous Abortion of Savita Halappanavar
(WARNING: I'm pissed and I'm not mincing words or emotions here. I'm not reporting, I'm venting....
November 13, 2012
Bilingual Mass Never Quite Jives For Me: A Note on Translation
Yesterday's Spanish debut was a direct response to posts, on Facebook and Twitter, covering the...
November 12, 2012
Beso, Abrazo y Ternura
(A note to English readers: this begins a series of Spanish-language essays I will post...
November 11, 2012
The Time to Talk is Now
It is hard to have a conversation when politics are at stake. The news makes...
November 07, 2012
What’s Left of the Left? Did the Grand Old Party Get Old?
The election has passed. Obama won the big one and the list goes on and...
November 06, 2012
Thanking the Candidates, All of Them
Those who read and know me understand that my politics tend toward the cynical. Especially...
October 31, 2012
Abstention is Still a Choice: The Power of Negative Voting
Atheists go nuts when they stand accused of believing in something, despite their unbelief in...
October 27, 2012
Suffrage as Nihilism: Voting is Dead
I've seen and heard an election dogma that can only be described as pure, unadulterated...
October 25, 2012
Dead White Guys at First Things
Today, I'll refer you to as essay that came out today at First Things: Dead...
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