What’s Wrong With Pizza Pie America?

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Ironic that a Mom and Pop pizza parlor on Main Street USA becomes the center of a media firestorm over religious freedom. The Christian owners of Memories Pizza have been drawn into the firefight because of their sincerely held beliefs. They’ve had death threats and had to close down. Who would have thought it: in [Read More...]

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Twelve Ways Liberals Lie

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Take a moment sometime and read the progressive press and study their lies. Here are twelve techniques they use. See if you can spot them. 1. They Play the Victim - The devil always plays the victim. Poor devil and his angels. They were cast out of heaven. Boo hoo. It was all a misunderstanding don’t you know? How [Read More...]

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Countering the Anti-Indiana Lunacy

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What troubles me most about the hysteria surrounding the recent religious freedom legislation in Indiana is the amount of ignorance about the issue. Are Americans really so stupid? Are they so easily swayed by a bit of propaganda and shouting? I’m afraid so, and the visceral, emotional reaction to events is not simply a symptom [Read More...]

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The Call from Hollywood!

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After I left the Anglican church I trained as a screenwriter and part of the patter in the class was, “You get yourself out there. You connect and network. Then out of the blue you get the call from Hollywood. When the call comes you better be prepared to get up and go!” Yesterday I [Read More...]

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Why Are Catholics Against Gay Weddings and Women Priests?

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First we should get some things clear: Catholics are not misogynistic. We’re not in favor of discrimination. We don’t “hate fags” We don’t think women are dumb and inferior We don’t judge homosexuals just because they’re homosexual. Sure, there may be some Catholics who are female hating, gay bashing bigots. You’ll find people like that [Read More...]

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Holy Week: Priests, Power and Penitence

Fr Longenecker's Ordination

In Holy Week so many aspects and attributes of the Catholic faith come  thundering in together. This is because the week in our Lord’s life was a summary of all that he was and is and came to accomplish. Today I am in Charleston to share in the Chrism Mass. At this Mass the priests [Read More...]

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Holy Week: Tribe, Trauma, Transaction

Lord of the Flies

Do you remember reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies? A group of civilized English schoolboys are stranded on a desert island and soon turn savage. They form a tribe to hunt, and then their child like fears evolve into a primitive religion. They soon project their anger and frustration on the boys who are oddballs [Read More...]

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Can a Woman be a Patriarch?

A Female Patriarch?

My latest article for National Catholic Register asks whether patriarchy is a bad thing and whether you can have Christianity without patriarchs, popes and papas. Modernists would argue that all gender identities are inventions from social circumstances. In other words, what we call a “man” or a “woman” is defined by learned customs and conventional [Read More...]

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FaithWorks! – Lent 5

FaithWorks! is my free weekly newsletter on the practical practice of the Catholic faith. This week’s is a bit late, but it is now published for the fifth week of Lent. Go here to read. Help evangelize by sharing on social media! [Read more...]

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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...]

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Zayn Malik, Cinderella and What Women Want

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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...]

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Why It’s Impossible to Be a Catholic

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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...]

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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...]

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Chust for Nice – Annunciation

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March 25, Frodo Baggins and the End of the World

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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...]

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Jeb and Hillary – A Dastardly Dynasty?

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Scientific Evidence for God?

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Why Is Something Sinful?

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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...]

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