85 Years Ago, Chesterton nailed the Boomers

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“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young. It was the first progressive generation - the first generation that believed in progress and nothing else…. [They believed] simply that the new thing is always better than the old thing; that the young man is always right and the old wrong. And now that they are old men themselves, they have naturally nothing whatever to say or do. Their only business in life was to be the rising generation kno … [Read more...]

Finally, a Video Game I Might Actually Play

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Because, as you all know...I'm Batman.And also because that CGI is so awesome, even I am impressed.My son and my husband are slack-jawed and speechless to hear me say it, but Batman: Arkham Knight looks like a video game even a techno-challenged non-player like me might want to take on.Related: DC Comics Introduces The Anchoress Batman vs The Anchoress … [Read more...]

Why I Wear the World’s Tiniest Hair Shirt


My husband noticed a brown cord peeking out from the neckline of my shirt and asked, “What is that?”Oops. Busted. “It’s a brown scapular,” I admitted.“That’s pretty hard-core, isn’t it?” he asked. “When did you take that up?”As prejudiced as the question sounds, he was only being curious. My husband is a tolerant sort; if someone wants to practice devotions that he doesn’t feel particularly called to, that’s all right by him. In this case, however, I sensed a tinge of leeriness. After … [Read more...]

Hillary’s Press-Protection Pass Slowly Being Revoked

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Pondering, in my last post, issues of silencing, and protective passes, I must admit is interesting -- actually fascinating and disturbing -- to watch the press as it starts signaling to the Silent Hillary Clinton that her protective pass is being revoked, and slowly pulled from her hands.The press is finally beginning to publish stories it has loyally kept aside until now, and the headlines are terrible for Hillary, for Bill, and even for the unliked Chelsea, whose boring mediocrity the … [Read more...]

Sexist Dalai Lama Gets a Pass; Kirsten Powers Doesn’t

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Can you imagine the uproar, on campuses and in the press, if the Pope, or any bishop, cardinal or priest had been so blatantly "lookist" and "sexist"?The Dalai Lama could be reincarnated as a blond woman in his next life, he quipped in a recent interview from his home.But not just any blonde.She should be “mischievous” and “her face must be very attractive [or] nobody [will] pay much attention,” the monk said in an interview on Friday, according to The Sunday Times of London.Got t … [Read more...]

Martin O’Malley Putin: Chesty McCheesecake Presidencies

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I'm supposed to be shutting down and going on radio silence until this manuscript is done, but I saw this and thought, "Oh, for crying out loud!"Then I thought? Martin O'Putin? When does he get photo-shopped riding a lion?As usual, I blame Barack Obama, and his Cheesecake-y romps in the surf, or on the b-ball court, during his first presidential run. Well, not really. I actually blame the press who fetish-ized the pecs.The press corp mostly sneered at Bush’s commitment to e … [Read more...]

Snowflake Students: “We’re Too Fragile To Be Educated!”

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I'm out of here for the day -- back to transcribing my book -- but wanted to leave this here because it's just horrific. Indoctrinating professors aside, can real teachers even dare to teach, anymore, with all of these little snowflakes melting around them and incapable of handling anything without being "triggered"? Do they know that life itself is one giant trigger after another, if you indulge yourself?I have a great fear that if this mindset is permitted to continue, we will find … [Read more...]

Dear Graduate, about that college experience before you…

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As I am still grappling with a deadline, I hope guestblogger Fr. Mike gives you, and perhaps your college-bound teen, something to think and talk about:by Michael P. Walsh, MMMy dear Graduate;Congratulations on your graduation, etc. Here is some money; spend it however you like.And here is some advice; take it for whatever it’s worth:I understand you’ll be going to a university soon. Here’s something you may learn fairly quickly, as I did: many university professors a … [Read more...]

Cardinal George: Another “Model Francis”, Open to the Spirit

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The "arch-conservative" narrative on Cardinal George needs to be introduced to the reality.By Sean ConnollyPope Francis is known for his openness to the Spirit, his emphasis on evangelism and his embrace of evangelical Protestants and Pentecostals. A little-known story about Cardinal Francis George, who died on April 17, reveals that he too was open to the Spirit and to graces from other Christian denominations.The story starts in 1990 after Bishop George was appointed to lead the … [Read more...]

Confession: Should penance be a heavy thing?

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Katrina is wondering whether some priests dole out standard penances for venial or mortal sins alike, and she's not loving the idea:If we have different types of sins, venial and mortal, shouldn’t we have different types of penances to reflect the nature of the sin? I don’t get how some priests can give the exact same penance for all sins regardless of their seriousness.Just speaking my own personal experience, I have the hardest time forgiving myself when I feel the punishment doesn’t f … [Read more...]

Read, Pray Softly, and Carry a Great Handbag!

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So, once again, I have ended up writing a book in longhand, and so this week will be dedicated to transcription, which I hate. That being the case, I have decided to use this week on the blog to promote some books from a wide variety of authors, but since my time is limited, my promotion will consist of an excerpt, and you can decide whether you like it as much as I do. Some of the books are brand-spanking new, and a few others are books I’ve wanted to review for months amid too hectic a s … [Read more...]

Hebdo-Gellergate: Can we Square a Free Speech Circle?

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Sticking a toe into the Charlie Hebdo/Pamela Geller question has not interested me. Watching a debate about what constitutes "authentic" freedom of speech that is meant to provoke, vs "inauthentic, hateful" freedom of speech that is also meant to provoke -- often with the very same voices taking both sides -- has left me thinking more about how too many people in America believe, along with the president, that no crisis ought to be wasted; everything is fodder for ideological exploitation and … [Read more...]

Will Media Infatuation Doom Marilyn Mosby?

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Driving a few days ago I heard an NPR report fawning over Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland state’s attorney for Baltimore City. Flipping through tv channels, I have stumbled upon pundits heaping praise and adulation upon Ms. Mosby and her tough prosecutor's chops.Whether she is correct in bringing heavy indictments against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, or has moved too quickly and too politically, are questions for better minds than mine. What I'm wondering is whether the p … [Read more...]

Michelle Arnold Comes to Patheos!

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Patheos Catholic channel is pleased to announce that Michelle Arnold, veteran apologist at Catholic Answers and one of the most interesting people to follow on Facebook, where she can be counted on for amusing, instructive insights, and a clear communication of what Catholicism actually teaches.Raised as a Seventh Day Adventist, Michelle entered the church in 1996, quickly bringing her curious mind and strong communication skills to the service of the church. Reading about and commenting on … [Read more...]