What does Myth have to do with the New Evangelization?

The talk I gave last Spring in New York at the offices of First Things has been posted online here. The lecture is about myth and evangelization. What is myth? What is a faith story? Why does it matter? A myth is a story that incarnates universal truths in such a way that the audience [Read More...]

Zayn Malik, Cinderella and What Women Want


This week I went to see Branagh’s Cinderella with my daughter.  It was a delight. I’ll write more on Cinderella and the use of fairy tales later today, but first it occurred to me that the Cinderella story linked up with another news item this week–the departure of a British boy band singer named Zayn Makik from [Read More...]

Why It’s Impossible to Be a Catholic


It’s those ten commandments. They’re impossible! Not long ago I had an email correspondence with a man who was divorced and remarried. He asked why the church could not be more “forgiving”. By this I think he meant that he wanted the church to say his second marriage was okay, or maybe he wanted me [Read More...]

Why Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill Will Backfire

Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a new bill which guarantees religious freedom in the state. I am glad for these efforts and agree with what is a very reserved and cautious law–which balances religious freedom with equal rights. But I think it is going to backfire. Here’s why: The issue of “equal rights” in our society [Read More...]

Chust for Nice – Annunciation


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March 25, Frodo Baggins and the End of the World


Today is Ladyday–the Solemnity of the Annunciation and yes, you can break your Lenten fast to celebrate. You can also celebrate the end of the world and J.R.R.Tolkien reading day. Here’s why: Tolkien, a devout Catholic, wove his Catholicism into The Lord of the Rings in a very profound  and subtle way. If you check out the [Read More...]

Jeb and Hillary – A Dastardly Dynasty?

jeb and hillary

Are we really going to be faced with either the Bush dynasty or the Clinton dynasty in next year’s presidential election? What kind of a republic elects members of a dynastic family to rule? A failing republic if I remember my history. I don’t know much Roman history beyond I, Claudius but if I’m not mistaken the [Read More...]

Cardinal Kasper vs. Cardinal Newman

Cardinal Newman

  My latest article for National Catholic Register comments on Cardinal Kasper’s recent speech in which he says the upcoming synod will be a battle. The German cardinal continues to propose a “pastoral approach” to the thorny issue of communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. While any pastor knows that this problem is difficult to [Read More...]

Bob Jones’ Apology? This From a Bob Jones Grad

Dr Bob Jones III

Splashed across the headlines today is the news that Bob Jones III–Chancellor, former president and grandson of the founder of Bob Jones University, has apologized for some inflammatory remarks about homosexuals thirty five years ago. USAToday carries the story here. Back in 1980 Bob Jones stated that he thought homosexuals should be stoned. Now he [Read More...]

Scientific Evidence for God?


In an article published last Christmas Eric Metaxas points out how our increasing scientific knowledge points increasingly to the existence of God. The existence of the God of the Bible isn’t revealed by scientific lab tests. Instead, Metals points out how we are gaining more and more information about the uniqueness of life on earth, [Read More...]

The Terminator – Will the Machines Take Over?

Rise of the Machines?

Just last night I was talking with the sixteen year old about the sci-fi possibility that the machines will take over. Will computers take over? Will the Terminator scenario–the rise of the machines really happen? In this article from the Daily Telegraph Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggests just that: “Computers are going to take over from [Read More...]

Celebrate Divine Mercy Weekend With Johnette Benkovic

Johnette Benkovic is coming to Greenville, SC to Our Lady of the Rosary parish for a Divine Mercy Weekend. Join me and Johnette and EWTN Radio  host Steve Wood on Saturday April 11 and Sunday afternoon April 12 for a conference on Divine Mercy and the Family. Go here to our new website for all [Read More...]

Why Is Something Sinful?


It’s Lent. It’s a penitential season. So off we go to confession to confess our sins. But why is something sinful anyway? Most of us believe things are sinful because someone has told us they are sinful. “Don’t sleep with a girl before marriage.” “Why  not?” “Because it’s sinful.” “Why is it sinful?” “Because the [Read More...]

Who Am I to Judge?


“Who Am I to Judge?” will probably go down in history as Pope Francis’ most quotable quote. The context of his quip is well known. On the plane back from World Youth Day in Brazil he was asked about the so called “gay lobby” in the church. He replied, “When I meet a gay person, [Read More...]

Martin O’Malley: When Catholic Politicians Get Creepy

Martin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley is the latest Catholic politician to come out as a duplicitous “Catholic.” Deacon Kandra posts an excerpt here from an interview in which O’Malley displays some amazingly twisted thinking to support homosexual marriage–even though he’s a Catholic. As far as I can make out his belief goes like this: “the child of a homosexual [Read More...]

Ten Examples of the Devil’s Double Think


You can always tell when the Father of Lies is about his business because he will get people completely contradicting themselves in their advocacy of various causes. This is what I call the Devil’s Doublethink. Here are some examples: 1. Feminists who attack men for being sexist - If you launch an attack on everyone of one [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Enthusiasm for Kasper is Waning

Auf Wiedersehn!

Sandro Magister reports here on developments in the Vatican which will influence the upcoming Synod on the Family. It seems to Magister that Pope Francis is moving away from what seemed his enthusiasm for Cardinal Kasper’s ideas to open communion to the divorced and re-married. This is because of the Pope’s continued support for Cardinal [Read More...]

On the Importance of Shoes


My article this week for Imaginative Conservative is somewhat whimsical meditation on the importance of shoes. I was serving as a Housemaster in an English boarding school when I finally learned the full importance of shoes. Every night after supper the boys would have an hour to complete their homework and get ready for bed. [Read More...]

What’s Wrong With Test Tube Babies?

test tube

In the combox over at CRUX a discussion was going on about in virtro fertilization, and some readers questioned the church’s opposition to it. A simply stated explanation  of the church’s opposition to IVF technologies is found here on the USCCB website, and the official teaching from the Vatican–a document called Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life) can be [Read More...]

Lesbian Mom? No Dad? Tough Luck


The Federalist carries this article by a young woman brought up by her lesbian mom and partner. It brings home the point that same sex marriage is not just about marriage, but same sex parenting. The author grieves not having had a father. She writes well on the issue, realizing how complicated it is, but [Read More...]

American Baby Killer on the $20 Bill?


Apparently the New York Times is campaigning to have a portrait of eugenicist  Margaret Sanger on the $20 bill. What? So that would be Margaret Sanger the Ku Klux Klan member? Margaret Sanger who said the best thing families can do is kill their baby? John Zmirak gives five reasons why not here. The New York [Read More...]

10 Reasons Why I Love Hearing Confessions


It’s Lent and I’m in the confessional more than usual. At times it is wearying, but more often it is refreshing. I actually love hearing confessions and here are ten reasons why; 1. A Truly Penitent Person is Beautiful - It is always pleasant to be with beautiful people, and when a person is truly penitent they [Read More...]