Stephen Colbert vs. Garry Wills on the Real Presence: Guess Who Carried the Day? UPDATED

Hasn’t won a Pulitzer, but he has his moments.

I caught Stephen Colbert interviewing Pulitzer prize winning author Garry Wills when the following clip was posted by Rod Dreher of The American Conservative. I found it to be amazing not just because Wills seems to be outfoxed by the court jester who can quote the Letter to the Hebrews with the best of them, but because of Wills’ assertion that St. Augustine didn’t believe in the Real Presence.

Roll clip, [Read more…]

A Reminder: Why the Bishops Stand Against the HHS Mandate

To see the future of the USCCB’s discussion of the HHS Mandate, we need to turn back to the both the recent and the distant past. Just last year, on March 14th, 2012, the Bishops published a paper entitled, United for Religious Freedom. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, in his response to the February 1 rule proposal by the Administration, referred to that document and quoted liberally from it.

Here’s a brief refresher, [Read more…]

For the Faith of St. Paul Miki, and Companions (For All the Saints)

Today is the feast day of St. Paul Miki and his companions. They were martyred in Nagasaki on February 5th in the year 1597.

The story of the martyrs has been made into a film and it’s title is 26 Martyrs. It’s an animated short that will serve as a companion piece to the docu-drama that a number of you have helped to fund: All That Remains. I think you’ll agree that it looks like a “must see” film. [Read more…]

For this Hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas (Zion, To Thy Savior Singing)


I am late in coming around to an appreciation of St. Thomas Aquinas. As the old saw goes, better late than never. Jacques Maritain’s book The Peasant of the Garonne has pointed me towards learning more about this Doctor of the Church. [Read more…]

For All the Saints: St. Francis de Sales

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“Franz von Sales”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Courage is an enduring virtue, one that Christians of all strips have to tap into in the course of their lives. As such,  it is with great pleasure that I see that we commemorate St. Francis de Sales on this day. [Read more…]

Being Conan the Barbarian vs. Being Civil (The Lost Art of Persuasion) UPDATED

I’ve been not publishing a number of comments these past few days, as they violate the little rule I keep here at the blog. It’s a simple rule based on a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians,

No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it isn’t hard to follow. [Read more…]

Scientific Proof that The Blessed Virgin Mary is “Blessed for All Generations” UPDATED

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Madonna under the fir tree, Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Joe Six-Pack here. You know, I’ve said it often in this space that Catholics can dig science. And I’ve written posts highlighting scientific events from time to time with the (Because Catholics Can Dig Science) title-ender. Is there such a word phrase as “title-ender?” I don’t know.  I think I just made that up. [Read more…]

Because We Could Be ONE. Maybe the Time is Right…

To break through. To be a part of the Light.

It’s like St. Hildegard of Bingen, our newest Doctor of the Church, says, [Read more…]

For Our Lady, “The Terror of Hell”

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception*

—Solemnity, Mary, Mother of God

For most of us, today is a Holy Day of Obligation. It’s the day where we recognize the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the Mother of God. In this post, we’ll look at something one of my friends from the group I call the Dead Jesuits wrote, exploring another dimension of Our Lady’s role as the Theotokos. [Read more…]

Because Saints Tell Temporal Kings “No!” When They Err

Another day, another magnificent saint for us to model our behavior after. This is one of the great things about the liturgical calendar during the Octave of Christmas. Yesterday, the Church commemorated the Holy Innocents.

For today, we have another martyr, of the type that needs not much of an introduction. You know the type, or do you? The story of St. Thomas Becket shows us that yes, people can change when they answer the call of conversion, open themselves to God, and allow the circumcision of their hearts. [Read more…]


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