Pope Francis to Vladimir Putin and the G20: In Syria, Seek Peaceful Solution, Not Military Action

Let me make this perfectly clear…

Once again, Pope Francis appeals for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria. Specifically, the Holy Father asks that all leaders of the nations meeting in St. Petersburg today, “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”

Here is the text of the letter in full. [Read more...]

G.K Chesterton Appears on Breitbart? Would That Count As A Miracle?

I’m where you least expect me to be. Huzzah!

I’d count it as a minor one, at least. Take a look at Kate O’Hare’s piece, G.K. Chesterton: Making the Case for Sainthood in Hollywood.

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Because of the Disenchantment of Miley Cyrus UPDATED

The Smiths, disenchanted.

The other day I lamented losing an hour to reading Joseph Bottum’s personal essay about his ideas on how the Church should handle the Same Sex Marriage situation.

I would trade that experience in a heartbeat in order to get back the 8 minutes I lost in seeing the depths our culture has sunk to as Miley Cyrus performed at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. [Read more...]

Why The Seven-Headed Dragon of Lying Will Never Be Slain

And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. –Revelation 12:3

Because Satan!

Just look at the image above, and note that one of the creatures represents the Father of Lies while the other represents Our Mother unstained by sin. She is in heaven now.

And the beast? [Read more...]

HHS Mandate Briefing: It’s the “Pop Philosophy” of Planned Parenthood vs. the Real McCoy

“God bless you.”

And unfortunately, we aren’t bringing to bear the in-depth philosophical arguments needed to carry the day. Baylor University’s Francis Beckwith explains it all in his latest post at The Catholic Thing. Here’s a snip. [Read more...]

What Millennials Really Want From The Church

I reckon lots of Millennials are numbered here…

That is the big question du jour it seems. An answer in a piece written by Rachel Held Evans at the CNN Belief Blog sort of went viral last week. Soon after, Hemant Mehta (a blogger on the Patheos Atheist channel) also had a piece up over there, basically telling folks that atheists are HUGE on the internet, and the Jesus story is a myth so, why not throw in the towel?

Interestingly, all of the hubbub seems to be following in the wake of the Barque of Peter’s 28th edition of World Youth Day, which wrapped up celebrations in Rio de Janeiro this past Sunday. [Read more...]

In Search of Pageviews, HUFFPOST Reanimates Slain Dragon of “Ancient Christian Gay Marriage Rites”

Here I go again…

Seeking to capitalize on Pope Francis’s recent remarks on not judging gay priests, no doubt.  It’s déjà vu all over again.

The Catholic Channel’s own Ryan Thursday Adams tirelessly picks up his hammer and stake in a bid to put this narrative to bed one.more.time. [Read more...]

For Father Z’s Bad Analogies. Not.

Back on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, I shared a little video called St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies. It’s a clever little video noting how when trying to use analogies to describe the Triune God, it’s easy to find yourself in the dire straits of ancient heresies. [Read more...]

Patheos Catholic Bloggers Spotted in Pasadena!

Catholic bloggers “r” us…

A few feet away from the grocery store where I once stumbled upon Stephen Hawking, I got to meet Joanne McPortland and Will Duquette. My family and I met them yesterday after mass at our former parish, and we introduced them to the gastronomic delights of one of our favorite local restaurants. [Read more...]

RealClearScience Discovers the Science Behind NFP…

Remember when Joe Six-Pack explained it using knowledge learned in basic electricity class? No, I’m not talking about the psychological aspects of human sexuality, just the science of human reproduction. I noted that most consider this a “black box,” for lack of putting thinking caps on. [Read more...]


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