CSL and JFK – Two Jacks

Two Jacks

Today is the fifty first anniversary of the death of C.S.Lewis. He died, of course, on the same afternoon that JFK was gunned down in Texas. Both men were nicknamed “Jack” and that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. The two Jacks symbolize two different ways through the world. Jack Lewis stands for the world of [Read More...]

Padre in the NYT

Eastern rite priest with family

  I was asked to contribute this small piece to the New York Times on the subject of priestly celibacy. Catholics may think it nice and easy to support a married man with two children. But if the man and his wife are young and fertile, can Catholics support a large clerical family? Do they [Read More...]

Is “I Am Legend” a Christian Film?

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My article for Imaginative Conservative this week is an analysis of the Christian symbolism and themes in the sic fi horror film I Am Legend The film conveys the tense dread of living alone in an abandoned city inhabited only by humans who have turned into monsters. The atmosphere of a New York that has become [Read More...]

Living in the Past in the Present

Wilbur Burnham designing a stained glass window

Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present. What I am getting at is the idea that the universality of the Catholic faith means that it transcends not only particular cultural circumstances and particular locales, but it also transcends time. Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out [Read More...]

Are US Bishops Attacking Pope Francis?

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My article for Aleteia this week asks whether conservative Benedict XVI appointed bishops are out to get Pope Francis. In a highly biased report, radical progressive Michael Sean Winters twisted the Archbishop’s comments into criticism of Pope Francis. Archbishop Chaput replied, “There are people who…deliberately want to twist the truth, and divide the Church, and [Read More...]

Is There a List of Mortal Sins?

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One of the strengths and weaknesses of the internet age is that people write to strangers with personal problems which are often complex, but there is no context or background. So I’ll get an email out of the blue from someone I don’t know asking “What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? [Read More...]


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