Nuns in Washington: Who’s Not There?

Embed from Getty Images I don’t know, so I’m simply asking. I’ve seen pictures of various Catholic religious women in Washington standing up for The Little Sisters of the Poor. All the pictures I’ve seen are women in religious habits. As you may know, the Catholic women religious in the United States are divided into [Read More…]

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Tonight I Will Kiss Feet

Tonight’s liturgy is the most poignant and tender of the year. We gather to commemorate the Lord’s Supper, and at the heart of the liturgy is the solemn ceremony of washing feet. The ceremony adds weight to the Chrism Mass earlier in the day when the priestly ministry is re-affirmed because the twelve men whose [Read More…]

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Be A Friday Fish Eater

My latest article for Aleteia explains why we give up meat on Good Friday and the Fridays in Lent (and I’d suggest every Friday) A Protestant friend who lived in Philadelphia once said, “You know why those Catholics eat fish on Friday? They’re all Italians, and the Italians have the fish market downtown. So they got the [Read More…]

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Blame Bad People not All People

What is it with bigotry? This week I’ve had people blaming whole groups for the crimes of a few. I’ve had Christians saying, “The Jews killed Jesus.” I’ve had Jews saying, “Catholics hate Jews because they say Jews killed Jesus.” I’ve had Christians saying, “Muslims are terrorists.” Stop. These accusations are stupid and dangerous. The [Read More…]

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How Tenderness Leads to the Gas Chamber

Flannery O’Connor wrote, “In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness.  And tenderness leads to the gas chamber.” Whaat? Here’s what she’s getting at: People who have left the Christian faith wish to retain the remnants of the Christian faith. They want beauty without truth. They want spirituality without religion. They want forgiveness without [Read More…]

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What is Fundamentalism?

You can ask me. I’m a Bob Jones graduate remember? When I was at Bob Jones the term “fundamentalist” was only just beginning to get traction as a pejorative term. The Protestant fundamentalists at Bob Jones wore the label with pride. It set them apart from the Evangelicals they considered to be sweet, soft and [Read More…]

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