Not Quite an Atheist

A friend and I drove up to Belmont College near Charlotte last night to hear Michael Novak deliver a lecture about his new book which counters atheism. It was a good chance to see the campus and learn more about the good things happening there. At these events it’s amazing how many people I meet [Read More...]

Mary Shades

Does your priest doubt the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes, Medjugorje and Fatima? Buy him a pair of these new Virgin Mary sunglasses. See how happy this priest is? With a pair of these special 3-D Mary specs your priest will not only look ‘spec’tacular, he’ll be looking at something spectacular. When you wear these [Read More...]

Faithful Citizenship

I confess that I have been somewhat flippant in my posts on the presidential campaign, and perhaps not been treating the subject with as much gravitas as it deserves. I encourage all readers to be informed by our Catholic bishops about their proper rights and responsibilities. Their wise counsel is to be found here in [Read More...]

Temper Temper

I’ve had a very angry email from a reader (who does not have the courage to even give his name) scolding me for supporting particular presidential candidates by name. I was told as a priest that I am not allowed to do this. Furthermore, I am apparently violating tax rules and using my non-profit status [Read More...]

Sarah Get Your Gun

Sarah Palin has now been compared to Margaret Thatcher, Evita Peron, Maria von Trapp, American frontier women, the Wicked Witch of the West and any number of other strong women, but hasn’t anyone else realized that she’s really the Annie Oakley of the campaign? She’s right out of the musical, Annie Get Your Gun: consider: [Read More...]

The Apostle

We watched The Apostle┬álast night. Now that’s one sweet Christian movie. One of the difficulties in making a film about faith is that movies are, well, motion pictures. They are pictures that move, and faith is an inner, invisible gift. This is why so many Catholic films about saints are worthy, but boring. The real [Read More...]