Category Archives: Culture

Lord, Have Mercy

In the Synod on the Family, there is a lot of discussion about mercy. As Pope Francis said a year ago, the Catholic Church is a “field hospital” for sinners. He also said, “In pastoral ministry, we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds.” In this interview, he was already alluding to the [...]

Marriage, Doctrine, and Lived Experience

There is a lot of discussion going on about the document produced at this stage in connection with the synod on the family.  The document suggests that we need to attend to the lived experience of couples who are in situations that the Church has taught involve sin–that is, who are in unions that the [...]

UPDATED Houston Has a Problem: City Subpoenas Preachers’ Sermons over Equal Rights

Earlier this year, the city of Houston, Texas passed an equal rights ordinance which bans, among other things, discrimination based on gender identity. The ordinance’s greatest champion was Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. The ordinance was opposed by many, including many local Christian leaders, who think that granting “gender identity” legally protection on par [...]

Prayers For Hunting

Autumn is in full swing, and that means a lot of good things are happening:  football and tailgating…raking leaves and wearing sweaters…hot cider and cinnamon donuts. Mmm, donuts. And for millions of Americans, autumn means something else besides the cranberry scones and the pumpkin spice lattes. It means hunting season. Books could be written (books [...]

Inconceivable? John Paul II Was a Princess Bride Fan

The New York Post today reported on Cary Elwes’ new book. He’s the actor who played the Wesley in The Princess Bride, and the book recounts his meeting with a surprise fan of the movie: St. John Paul II. Reported the paper: Of all the fans who have professed undying love for “The Princess Bride,” [...]

Stephen King, JFK, Jesus, Reagan and Obama

What kind of story would attract the guy directing the new Star Wars and new Star Trek movies to do an Internet-only TV series? Stephen King’s Kennedy assassination novel 11-22-63 is what. J. J. Abrams has been announced as the director of the story as a Hulu miniseries. I just finished the massive 880-page 2012 book [...]

10 Things That Would Not Exist if Atheists Were Right

1. Tolerance Tolerance can only exist if truth exists. If moral relativism is right — if “my truth” and “your truth” are equally valid, and there is no absolute truth we both have to seek — then the only way we can settle differences is by force. The strongest will win, not the truest. Tolerance [...]

First Things First: Bishops Matter

A story: In 1865, the Missouri State Legislature required anyone who wanted to hold public office, teach in schools, or minister in a church to take an oath swearing that they had in no way helped the Confederate cause. They called it “the Iron Clad Oath,” for it effectively banned people who had so much [...]

What is Love? A Crust for the Critics

Returning to the diabolical trinity from your humble writer’s post from last week, we look deeper at the importance of procreation in defining the marital bond. Many people take issue with the Catholic teaching that in order for the sacrament of matrimony to be valid, both the man and the woman must be open to [...]


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