Quote of the Week from Cardinal Dolan

The premier answer to the question “What’s wrong with the world?” “what’s wrong with the church?” is not politics, the economy, secularism, sectarianism, globalization or global warming . . .none of these, as significant as they are. As Chesterton wrote, “The answer to the question ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ is just two words:’I am.'” [Read more…]

For His Majesty’s Secret Service: Agent Henry Morse, SJ


About a week ago, I reported that the world thought the Vatican got all starry-eyed about the latest James Bond film. Did you know that the Bond family were a line of recusant CatholicsOrbis non sufficit.

Perhaps that is part of the reason why L’Osservatore Romano loved the film.

Idea! How about a look at a nonfictional story of recusant Catholics? [Read more…]

Happy 237th Birthday, Leathernecks!

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Here’s a quote for the feast day, from an unlikely source. [Read more…]

Wisdom from Thomas Merton’s Letter to a Young Activist

Now that the presidential election is over, some of you may be feeling listless after the loss in the “biggest election of all time.” My advice? Don’t be.

Depending on where you stand politically, think about how you reacted to last nights election news.

Did you get caught up in the election cycle so much that you lost sight of the Kingdom of Heaven? A slippery slope lies between being a concerned citizen and morphing into a partisan political hack who sees everything through the lens of party and not through the lens of faith. [Read more…]

After the Election, What Really Matters…UPDATED

There will be much post-election chatter to keep us occupied for days, if not weeks. In the coming hours, much ink will be spilled on the subject and your humble blogger may even indulge in adding to the straw pile of “what it all means” recaps of the election.

But not right now.  [Read more…]

Help Homeless Youth in Alaska

Alison Kear, from out of Anchorage, Alaska way, sent me a note about an opportunity for a corporal work of mercy.

You all know I have been passionate about Covenant House, Alaska (CHA) for many years. Kids need to feel valued, the need for our services is real, and I am passionate about what we represent to kids who are cold, alone and feel no one cares. I am humbled to represent to them that people do care. I can do this because I have been cared for and about all my life. [Read more…]

News Flash: Dead Chinese Jesuit Befriends Catholic Blogger

You may remember my friend named Wu Li, SJ.  I introduced him to you in a post a few years back.Wu died as a Jesuit priest in Macau in 1718.

There is something about departed Catholics and me. I’m like Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, or something. Except I don’t really see dead people. But I make friends with them so maybe they might be saints. [Read more…]

I Approve of the Following Message. Do You?


Protect our First Freedom, America. It’s what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us to do.

New USCCB Website Launched to Inform the Culture on the Importance of Religious Liberty

One of the salient points critics of our bishops’ stance on the HHS Mandate fail to notice is the solidarity of the group. Do you know how many of the bishops have broken away and decided that the HHS Mandate is really not a big deal? [Read more…]

Christian Bale Speaks His Mind, Presents an Award to Chen Guangcheng

“What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say ‘thank you,’ and tell him what an inspiration he is.”

That’s what actor Christian Bale said about the blind, imprisoned, pro-life activist named Chen Guangcheng last December when he unsuccessfully tried to visit him. Red tape, ahem, got in the way. [Read more…]