August 20, 2019

All throughout the Gospels, Jesus commands us, and with a sense of immediate urgency, to be ready. In fact, we recently saw one of these commands in the readings from August 11.  “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird... Read more

January 19, 2019

Spend four seconds in the Catholic realm of the Internet and you’ll find yourself up to your eyeballs in articles, hot-takes, and videos about all the “demonic forces” at work in the Church. More often than not, those unholy spirits often turn out to be the same thing: the liberals, the LGBT community, the Marxists, the abortion lobby, etc. You know, groups of malicious infiltrators seeking to undermine the church by spreading sexual deviancy, toppling masculinity, and destroying the family.... Read more

January 5, 2019

It was a Saturday evening in late December, not even a week past Christmas. My grandmother had just finished cooking a pot of soup for her sister who was recovering from a double mastectomy. She turned off the stove and made her way into the living room to watch Alabama play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Suddenly her head began to spin, she lost her balance and fell to the floor. She called out to her husband, my grandfather. “Will... Read more

December 21, 2018

Growing up Southern Baptist, Advent wasn’t really a thing for me. In fact, I don’t even remember hearing the word “Advent” until I started attending Mass. Since my conversion, however, this season has become a time of intense spiritual reflection for me. And as I sit here at the end of the year and think back on the last 12 months, I’ve found myself dwelling on one question. Why? Why am I still a Catholic? It’s not a unique question.... Read more

December 3, 2018

As we enter into the Advent season, I find myself reflecting on the words of the early Church Fathers on poverty and justice: The things you received in trust as a stewardship, have you not appropriated them for yourself? Is not the person who strips another of clothing called a thief? And those who do not clothe the naked when they have the power to do so, should they not be called the same? The bread you are holding back... Read more

November 21, 2018

You may recall the recent headlines out of Kansas City. In early November, KC Health Department officials and police interrupted an event hosted by Free Hot Soup KC (a decentralized, direct action organization that distributes free hot food and clothing to the homeless), collected the food meant for the homeless, and disposed of it by soaking it in bleach. The Health Department defended their actions by claiming they were concerned with safety of the food, as well as the fact... Read more

October 12, 2017

I’ve made it clear on more than one occasion that I am an absolute, unwavering opponent of the death penalty and I support nothing less than total abolition of capital punishment. So of course I was thrilled to read a recent article in America Magazine about Pope Francis’ declaration that the death penalty was contrary to the Gospel. “One has to strongly affirm that condemnation to the death penalty is an inhuman measure that humiliates personal dignity, in whatever form... Read more

September 22, 2017

I have to give credit to Peter Wolfgang over at Crisis Magazine. His recent assessment of The New Pro-Life Movement is easily the most civil, empathetic criticism we’ve received. Under the title “The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That”, Wolfgang takes aim at our strategy—not with malice, hyperbole, or insults—but with (what seems to be) genuine skepticism. Which is completely fair, as he openly points to his past as a pro-life leftist as the source of his pessimistic outlook... Read more

September 10, 2017

Abortion doesn’t happen in a moral vacuum. Those of us who call ourselves pro-life must realize that abortion is not the only thing that contributes to an anti-life culture. Read more

September 9, 2017

By now, everyone has either seen, heard, or read something about Steve Bannon’s 60 Minutes interview where he makes the following claim about the Catholic Church’s stance on immigration. CHARLIE ROSE: I remind you, a good Catholic, that Cardinal Dolan is opposed to what’s happened with DACA. Cardinal Dolan. STEVE BANNON:  The Catholic Church has been terrible about this. CHARLIE ROSE:  OK. STEVE BANNON: The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why? You know why?... Read more

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