Category Archives: Culture

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 [...]

11 Awesome People You Totally Didn’t Know Were Catholic

I have exciting news.  Today, we are proud to announce the release of The American Catholic Almanac!  It is a daily reader of fascinating people – saints, sinners, patriots, rogues and ordinary people – who changed the United States. To celebrate, we’re giving you a sneak preview of 11 awesome people who appear in the book. [...]

Social Teaching and the Saints

Most faithful Catholics agree that the world would be a better place if more of us paid more careful attention to the Church’s social teaching.  It is hard, however, to get even very serious Catholics to do the reading and study necessary for them to understand the Church’s social teaching.  It would seem that some [...]

UPDATED: What I Saw at the O.C. Catholic Prayer Breakfast at Christ Cathedral

More to come on all this, but here’s a taste of what I saw Wednesday and Thursday when I visited the former Crystal Cathedral campus in Garden Grove, California (not far from Disneyland), for the annual Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Wednesday night, I and a fellow ‘vert (a convert in this case, not a [...]

Las Vegas School District Considers Teaching 5-8 Year Olds About Masturbation

The Clark County School Board is considering changes to its sex education curriculum, including the possibility of teaching five to eight year old children that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.”  You can read articles about it here and here. A proposal like this provides evidence in support of the [...]

The Diabolical Trinity: Divorce, Same-Sex Marriage, and Abortion

Catholic media (especially the outlets of a more liberal persuasion) are whipped into a frenzy about the upcoming Synod of the Family. As we draw closer to October 5, there is growing speculation and rumor-mongering by the day about what is purported to be the central question to be addressed by the synod. Namely, whether to [...]


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