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August 04, 2014
How Being a Poor Lay Catholic Missionary Changed My Politics
CNN just ran a rather unqualified story on the residences of Catholic Archbishops in the US....
July 26, 2014
Welcome to the Cafeteria: The Catholic Showdown Started Long Ago
Pope Francis has obviously turned up the volume on a number of issues, and this...
July 19, 2014
Images of a Past Still Present: When Children Become Objects
There was a time, not too long ago, when adults heckled children --- protesting the...
July 15, 2014
“The incendiary scene reminded me of Nativist mobs” — Dolan on the Dignity of Immigrants
Yesterday, Timothy Cardinal Dolan posted a brief note at his site where he unambiguously reprimands...
July 08, 2014
A Christian Case Against the Literal Reading of Scripture
If being a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then it follows...
July 01, 2014
One Question Answered (and Raised Again) by SCOTUS
I love reading Supreme Court decisions and dissents. They are without rival in US public...
June 02, 2014
“Moronic Manhood” at Ethika Politika
My essay on manhood at Ethika Politika is something I've wanted to write for many,...
May 30, 2014
Now THIS is News: Nicea 2025? UPDATED
I don't fancy myself a journalist or a reporter and I am not one to...
May 26, 2014
The Perils of Private Consensus: Or, In Praise of Mommy Blogs
(Preface) My previous post, "Fear of Generosity," comes dangerously close, I fear, to self-help. It...
April 25, 2014
A Hesitant Defense of Cliven Bundy
I've stayed away from the Bundy story until now. It seemed like the latest bit...
April 14, 2014
#GodsNotDead Soars on Bald Eagle Wings: Or, Postmortem Apologetics
WARNING: Spoilers abound (not that they really matter). (Preface) As a film, a work of...
April 10, 2014
An Immigration Manifesto by Artur Rosman and Sam Rocha
(Cross-posted at Ethika Politika.) Immigration has been reduced to two options: the naïve and ahistorical legal...
March 12, 2014
Pope Francis Against Ideology
A short break in my ongoing attempt to Kickstart my debut album, LATE TO LOVE....
December 28, 2013
GUEST POST: How David Bentley Hart Censored My Review of His New Book at First Things
NOTE: One thing I've always admired about First Things is its longstanding commitment to publishing the give-and-take...
December 19, 2013
Fear, Jealousy, and Paranoia: We Love to Wrestle
There can be good clean fun in the political give and take. The sport of...
December 05, 2013
Papal Marxism and Other Mental Infections: On the U.S. Reception of Evangelii Gaudium
There is a rumor going around about Pope Francis in the United States, after the...
November 11, 2013
Abortion Beyond Poli-Tricks
Just over a month ago, I gave a lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, sponsored...
November 04, 2013
A Hellish Wit
When I see a billboard or bumper-sticker that reads "HELL IS REAL," I usually smile...
August 27, 2013
Christ, the Prisoner: Webb on Von Balthasar and Prison Ministry
Stephen Webb has written a short and powerful reflection on Christ's descent into hell...
August 24, 2013
From the Bottum Up: The Pathos of Joseph Bottum
Yesterday, at Commonweal, the former editor of First Things, Joeseph Bottum, published an essay, funded...
July 21, 2013
Why I’m Not Writing About the Trayvon Martin Case
The easy, short answer is that I don't have time. It really is that simple,...
June 25, 2013
LIVE FREE AND DIE
Libertines, everywhere. We have conservative libertines, liberal libertines, secular libertines, and religious libertines. We have...
April 15, 2013
Mercy for Gosnell, For Us All
I tend to ramble and write down all the details, leaving them fussily thrown about,...
April 12, 2013
Beyond Abortion: Gosnell and a New Dark Age
My sister delivered a healthy baby boy the day before yesterday. When I called to...
April 05, 2013
Immigration Seen Through Catholic, Pastoral Eyes
No one, I think, wants to read a blog by a Texican all about present-day,...
March 31, 2013
“Google Nose” Smells Funny and Familiar: A Sun Blemish
People got offended by Google's choice to feature a sketch of Cesar Chavez today, Easter...
March 27, 2013
Pope Francis’ First Audience and Missing the Point
Two things. First, Pope Francis' remarks at today's audience are simply remarkable and in perfect...
March 26, 2013
A Hot Mess: Marriage, Derrida, Nabokov, and Whatnot
I don't really understand what the same sex marriage hullabaloo is about. I can understand...
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...
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