Category Archives: Culture

Think Halloween isn’t Catholic? Think Again.

While there’s nothing Catholic about dressing up 12-year-old girls like sexy French maids and pirates’ wenches, Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without the Catholic Church. Here’s what The American Catholic Almanac has to say about All Hallow’s Eve. Want to read more? Get your copy of this fascinating daily reader at AmericanCatholicAlmanac.com! October 31:  On November 1, [...]

Who’s Afraid of All Hallows’ Eve?

On the Word on Fire Blog, Fr. Steve Grunow presents an articulate and historically fascinating defense of Halloween.  It is true we have a complicated history with Halloween here in the United States.  As Fr. Steve discusses, Protestant discomfort with Catholic style celebrating resulted in anti-Catholic propaganda condemning traditional holiday rituals as essentially pagan in [...]

The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of All Saints and All Souls commemorate our beloved dead, but they also remind us of the impermanence of our worldly existence and the eternal judgment in the spiritual realm. [...]

Watch the Media Ignore What Pope Francis Just Said About Marriage

Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics. They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever [...]

The Costs of Assisted Suicide

The idea that it would be wrong for a physician to do anything intended to kill a human being goes back before the origins of the Catholic Church.  It was, in fact, acknowledged in the Hippocratic Oath, which was written centuries before the birth of Christ.  The relevant passage runs as follows: Nor shall any [...]

What is the oldest Catholic church in the United States?

It’s older than the oldest Puritan meetinghouse in Massachusetts.  It’s older than the oldest Episcopalian chapel in Jamestown, Virginia.  In fact, it’s the oldest American church of any denomination, period. It’s the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1610, ten years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, the San Miguel [...]

Cast Your Nets

One of the themes to emerge from the debates and discussions surrounding the Synod on the Family is the counter-cultural nature of traditional values. Yuval Levin, writing in First Things, takes up one strand of this thought, writing about the decentralization and polarization of our society–which he notes is not necessarily a bad thing. Individuals [...]

Or Just Don’t Get Divorced

One of the dynamics that emerged during the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family was the apparent competition between two views of the marriage crisis and what was needed to address it. On the one hand, there was the view that the primary issue confronting the Church when it comes to marriage is the subset [...]

Christianity Implodes in Alabama–Not

Today, Real Clear Religion features a startling headline: “Nones Now Majority in Alabama.”  This is really shocking.  Is it possible that people of no religious faith are really now a majority in Alabama?  Did Christianity shrink to just a fraction of its former self in a region of the country in which it has traditionally [...]


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