Category Archives: Culture

Words Only Hardcore Catholics Understand (With Translations)

I started thinking about this when we told friends one Friday in Lent, “We’re going to stations, then we’re going to have a lame, late dinner.” Of course we meant: “We’re attending our parish Stations of the Cross, which is of course scheduled around dinner time, and then we’re going to eat fish sticks with [...]

St. Patrick’s Snow: In Solidarity With the Northeast Brethren

  It snowed again Sunday in Boston and while it’s warm today, the weatherpersons are threatening snow in the District of Colombia Thursday and Friday. I’m usually a snow lover, but I admit to being a little Winter-weary.  I’m not sorry, however, to have an excuse to reprise a little ditty I composed last year, [...]

Opinion Roundup: Catholics and Capital Punishment

The last month has seen a lot of Catholic commentary on the question of capital punishment, including by CatholicVote’s own Tom Hoopes (see here).  For those who are interested, here is a round-up of some of the statements that have been made, divided by the position taken on the question. Against capital punishment: Joint editorial [...]

A Catholic School Teacher Under Attack

You would expect a teacher working for a liberal, progressive school to get in trouble for putting up a Facebook post with an impassioned critique of the gay rights movement’s use of the 14th Amendment. You would not expect a teacher working for a Catholic school to get in trouble for such a posting.  But [...]

Ten Reasons Why I’m Not a ‘Straight’ Catholic (Part Two)

  To read “Ten Reasons Why I’m Not a ‘Straight’ Catholic (Part One), click here.    6. Even before I was married, I wasn’t “straight.” In Part One, I mentioned that being a man is at the core of my being human—being “straight” is not. Indeed, as my friend Austin Ruse wrote last year in [...]

How a Chinese Propaganda Artist Painted the Pope

Once upon a time, the Catholic Church was one of the greatest patrons of art, music and architecture in the Western world – and many of the artists employed were not faithful Catholics. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, whose “The Last Supper” is one of the most revered icons of religious art, was rumored to [...]


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