January 7, 2021

Take a good, hard look at the photo that accompanies this article. That flag. Carried by that man. In the United States Capitol on Wednesday. This is only one of thousands of pictures or videos from Wednesday’s coup attempt, when a massive mob of supporters of President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, interrupting a joint session of Congress that had convened to certify the 2020 presidential election. These terrorists (and yes, it was an act of terrorism) broke windows, occupied both… Read more

November 21, 2020

Joe Biden won. Donald Trump, who once mocked the president-elect as “sleepy Joe…hiding in his basement,” is himself now holed up in the White House, mostly unseen, except on Twitter, where he indulges in debunked conspiracy theories about the election. Mr. Biden, meanwhile, is preparing for his swearing-in on January 20, and is doing the one thing that Mr. Trump has failed to do since last spring: working on a plan to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic. And Mr…. Read more

October 13, 2020

A few days ago I published a piece in which I explained how a Catholic may vote for Joe Biden, or any other pro-choice politician, with a clear conscience. Without violating Catholic Church teaching. But it does beg the question, “Ok, fine, I can vote for Mr. Biden with a clear conscience. But why would I? Abortion—ending it, I mean—is important to me. Just because I may vote for a pro-choice politician does not mean I necessarily want to, or… Read more

August 13, 2020

A few days ago I published a piece in which I explained how a Catholic may vote for Joe Biden, or any other pro-choice politician, with a clear conscience. Without violating Catholic Church teaching. But it does beg the question, “Ok, fine, I can vote for Mr. Biden with a clear conscience. But why would I? Abortion—ending it, I mean—is important to me. Just because I may vote for a pro-choice politician does not mean I necessarily want to, or… Read more

August 9, 2020

LifeSite News, the allegedly Catholic pro-life webpage, wants you to vote Republican this fall; to re-elect President Trump. To that end, it published an article in late July asserting, “No Catholic can vote for Joe Biden.” Mr. Biden is two things: Catholic and pro-choice. So, the Catholic Right will be working doubly hard this year to make sure Catholics do the right thing (in the Catholic Right’s estimation) and vote for Mr. Trump. LifeSite is leading the charge. Mr. Biden’s… Read more

July 6, 2020

WARNING: Spoilers Stranger Things starts with a top-secret government lab at which an experiment goes awry. A human test subject escapes—along with something else from an alternate dimension to which a portal has accidentally been opened. Meanwhile, in a basement on the other side of the fictitious town of Hawkins, Indiana, four middle school-aged boys are wrapping up a day-long game of Dungeons & Dragons. Three of them get on their bikes to ride home. They split up and one of… Read more

February 23, 2020

It is common for Christian conservatives to tout the Ten Commandments as their ideal roadmap for living a Godly life. But as Kurt Vonnegut once noted, you never hear them mention a more recent, if paradoxical, guide: For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard… Read more

February 12, 2020

Meet Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, ordinary of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. He is my bishop. He is a failure as a shepherd. His latest is a new diocesan policy that will make life for transgender diocesan employees and students in Catholic schools a lot harder. More on that in a minute. First, some background. Background In 2017, he barred Catholics who die in a same sex marriage from a right to a Catholic funeral “unless they [had] given… Read more

January 27, 2020

The first batch of beer I ever brewed was in the home of a Muslim. I have been a homebrewer, on and off (mostly off these past few years), since I got a homebrewing kit for my twenty-seventh birthday, in 1992. I was in the Marines then and not yet bold enough to brew right in the barracks (though that would change), so a Marine in my platoon, who was married, offered to let me brew my first batch in… Read more

January 18, 2020

In the morning, I usually see some item about President Trump that looks like it would be good to blog about. By the end of the day, there are often three or four more items. Friday, the first thing I saw was a CNN article that said Mr. Trump had added Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment legal defense team—a legal team that already includes former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Let’s take a closer look at what… Read more




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