The Desert Beast and the Coming Chaos

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My article for Imaginative Conservative website this week is a reflection on W.B.Yeats’ famous poem, The Second Coming.  While the world spins forward in what seems an ever-widening spiral of chaos, what conservative cannot lament the loss of all that once seemed stable, certain and secure? W.B. Yeats’ poem The Second Coming, like T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, seems a [Read More...]

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The Practical Dignity of Confession

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I am blogging from Phoenix, Arizona where I’m speaking at a Marian Conference, and it was my joy last night to spend a couple of hours hearing confessions. There are nearly a thousand people signed up for the conference and all around the room were long lines of ordinary people wanting to make their confession. [Read More...]

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Overcoming Lust: How Do I Do That?

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Pope St John Paul II said, “Chastity is the work of a lifetime.” With more and more guys dealing with pornography addictions, and with society wallowing more and more in the swamps of unrestrained sex and constant desire, how does a person overcome lust? I guess there must be therapies and techniques out there for self [Read More...]

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Planned Parenthood: Do We Have Horror Fatigue?

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Some time ago I came across a memorable phrase: “compassion fatigue.” At the time there had been a wave of atrocities, famines and disasters across the world. Television and the internet brought unforgettable images into our living rooms–starving children with vultures standing by, emaciated prisoners behind barbed wire, whole town devastated by tsunamis and bodies [Read More...]

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Doubts, Difficulties and Disobedience

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  My article for Aleteia this week discusses the difference between genuine doubt and difficulties in the faith. The English Cardinal and theologian, Blessed John Henry Newman wrote, “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” What he means is that there is a difference between a doubt and a difficulty. We wouldn’t be thinking [Read More...]

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Does the Bible Support the Papacy?

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It’s a slow news day, so take time to read this long apologetics article which shows how the Bible and Apostolic Fathers support the ministry of the Pope. In a world where everybody seems to have the questions, but nobody dares to have an answer, Catholics believe they do have a source for some answers. [Read More...]

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