Have a Very Merry Rock n’ Roll Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner, so you all know what that means? Music, of course. And as the Christmas season lasts until the Feast of the Epiphany, I can cue up a few videos in advance of the celebration, and keep right on going with it well into the New Year. [Read more...]

Bad Catholic Wants To Bring Steubenville Into Town

Ever heard of a college town where the kids stayed on the campus and avoid the town? I hadn’t, until today. Evidently, that’s the way things have been shaking at Franciscan University for a while. I guess that’s just the way things are. Sigh.

Sigh? Are you freakin’ kidding me?! [Read more...]

The Number One Reason Why Folks Admire Pope Francis

In a word, authenticity. Pope Francis is renovating the crumbling structure of what it means to be a Christian these days, see? [Read more...]

Peter O’Toole, Requiescat In Pace

Say a prayer for the soul of a great (lapsed?) Catholic actor who had the unfortunate knack of being in great movies that came out at the same time as other great movies. As a result, see, Peter O’Toole, though nominated by the Academy eight times for Best Actor, was never awarded the Oscar for a performance.

Pity, that. [Read more...]

Your Worst Nightmares About Pope Francis? The Return of the Rock ‘n Roll Mass?

The horror…

I gotta admit, I don’t think that fear coming into being is very likely. But step back into my time machine, dial the knob back to 1966, and enjoy (if you dare) the sounds of Peter Cetera (yeah, that Peter Cetera), and The Exceptions singing their way through the Mass. [Read more...]

Australian High Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Law

And you thought Pope Francis being named Person of the Year was a surprise? Or the phony sign language guy at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? How about this news? [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year

Just remember who predicted this, umkay? Here’s the recap. [Read more...]

For Dana Gioia’s Thoughts On The Vocation Of The Catholic Writer

Dana Gioia, formerly chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. now a professor at that other university in Los Angeles (USC)
Photograph from Wikipedia Commons

A lot of ink has been spilt these last few days since Evangelii Gaudium was published. Much of what has been said about it isn’t worth the pixels that have been wasted so far. The same old tired arguments from the usual suspects seeking to undermine any moral authority that Pope Francis is seeking to wield by his even bothering to publish it. [Read more...]

Christmas Gift Ideas For That Special Marine In Your Life

I just got a note from a reader asking about a USMC St. Christopher Medal.

Dear Sir, [Read more...]

University of Notre Dame Re-Files Lawsuit Against The HHS Department

A little while ago, I mentioned that all of the HHS Mandate lawsuits that the government dismissed as being premature, are now at full gestation.

Here’s an example of that fact from the University of Notre Dame website. [Read more...]