July 2, 2015

Several months before I decided to take God seriously I was in an argument with a Christian who suggested that there was no point in combing the Old Testament for contradictions in order to prove that Christianity was foolish: the Old Testament was full of apparent contradictions because it could only truly be understood or interpreted in the light of the New Testament. So naturally I set out to find the contradictions in the New Testament. Read more

July 2, 2015

It is generally supposed that it is difficult to define art. Undergrad philosophy students, trying to look deep, will ask this question and then look off into space, their black berets perched askance upon the thoughtful brow, pondering deeply without generating any communicable thought. Ah the ineffable question. Read more

July 1, 2015

As far as I can tell, money is a totally malleable substance of no fixed value that is remarkably responsive to spiritual realities. Read more

July 1, 2015

The universal wisdom of the world is that one of the things which every man ought to do in order to secure his life against financial loss is to hoard up money for himself. Once upon a time this was done rather romantically: people would put their gold into chests, and they would bury the chests in secret places in the ground. Read more

July 1, 2015

There is a wry little footnote in Gibbon where he reflects that of the first fifteen Roman Emperors, “Claudius was the only one whose taste in love was entirely correct.” Even if we assume that Kinsey’s inflated “one in ten” statistic is accurate, we should only expect that 1.3 of these men would be homosexual/bisexual in his inclinations. Read more

June 27, 2015

Yesterday I said that we need to move forward with building up the infrastructure to make traditional marriage into a realistic and attractive possibility. Today, I’m going to talk about some very practical things that we can start doing to help make this a reality. Read more

June 26, 2015

I’m in what is often called a “Mixed-Orientation Marriage,” which means that I am queer and my husband is straight. Naturally, now that same-sex marriage has received the official blessing of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, I will be compelled to get me to an annulment tribunal post haste. Read more

June 26, 2015

I think the Onion’s headline from yesterday nailed it: “SCOTUS decides whether to legalize same-sex marriage now or in a couple of years.” The simple fact is that the war to prevent gay marriage was probably a losing battle from the beginning. The reason, however, has very little to do with a clandestine Gay Agenda or a sinister Pink Mafia pulling strings behind the scenes. I’m sure that scuzzy, unsavoury politicos exist in the gay scene just as they exist… Read more

June 26, 2015

I found myself in Toronto several months ago, alone in the city for the first time in many years. It used to be my home, but I was surprised upon returning to find how much had changed. Not how much had changed in the city: Toronto is pretty much Toronto, though I think that some of the buildings were different. The change was primarily a change in me. When I first converted to Catholicism I recall that one of the… Read more

June 26, 2015

When St. Paul called upon the people of Corinth to give generously to the collection for the needs of the Church, he referred to their wealth as “your surplus now.” Corinth was a wealthy town, and the Corinthians could reasonably expect to go on being affluent for many years to come. Yet Saint Paul seems to appreciate the point made by the author of Ecclesiastes: “There is a season for everything” (3:1). Riches will come, and riches will go. Poverty… Read more

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