How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer: For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed … [Read More...]

Anchoress2016: A Write-in Campaign to Make America Sane Again

You all know me, so I don't have to introduce myself or bore you with interviews and commercials.My platform: Everybody shut upMy foreign policy: "You crazy nations, shut up and act right, you want to give me a heart attack?"My first action as president: Declare a week of silent retreat, … [Read More...]

My New Book is Out! I Have a New Book!

So...this happened:And seriously? I have no idea what to tell you about it. It's called Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bads Habits Before They Kick Us, and I probably should never have written it.The other day a friend said to me, "I just got your book in the mail; thanks a whole … [Read More...]

17 y/o Primary Voters in Ohio? Why Not “14 or Fight”?

"Who in America really can resist the clarion call of youth? ... down with experience." Wild in the Streets For most of my life, I have felt like 1968 had never quite disappeared -- that it had not quite played itself out, and we would see it again, showing up in politics and the culture at some … [Read More...]

Thank you, Norman Lear; Thank you, Justice Ginsberg; Thank you, Professors West and George

I was struck by this brief but heartfelt farewell to Nancy Reagan by legendary television producer Norman Lear, founder of the progressive group, People for the American Way, and a recent voice for the restoration of civics lessons, something retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor has … [Read More...]

“Begin the Apocalypse” Once More!

Well, we're done.Super Tuesday, I mean. We're done. And in my facebook threads what I basically am observing is the vomiting of the masses, because no one -- except the hackiest of hacks -- seems happy with what we're facing, in terms of potential presidents.Last night I wondered aloud … [Read More...]

The Roches – We Three Kings

Happy Feast of the Epiphany (Traditional)For my money, this is the best version of We Three Kings, ever. It's just right.Enjoy! … [Read More...]

What Would Pope Benedict or the Psalmist Say About THIS Music?

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your truth in the watches of the night, on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, with the murmuring sound of the harp. (Psalm 92:2-4)And, apparently, with the music of … [Read More...]

“I Hate Youse All!” Uncle Charlie, Christmas & That Generation

Christmas day never comes without my remembrance of "Uncle Charlie", a family friend who once appeared on our doorstep, decked out in all of Santa's raiment and tripping in his boots only slightly. He had apparently been Santa for a party at the local soup kitchen (or the local bar; this was never … [Read More...]

Kyrie Eleison: The “Year of Mercy” Can’t Come Too Soon…

“The mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality,” writes Pope Francis.Well thanks be to God for this emphatic good news, and for the nearly here Jubilee of Mercy. That it begins one week into Advent — the sweet and lonely season of anticipation for the coming of the All Merciful … [Read More...]