Category Archives: Culture

Logic and Elite Education

There is an amusing bit in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in which Professor Kirk suggests–to the astonishment of the older Pevensie children–that they should actually believe little Lucy’s tale of having traveled to another world through the wardrobe.  Lewis uses this scene to make an important point about thinking, a [...]

Four Words We’re Using Nobody Understands

A dozen years ago I was giving a talk on sexual purity to couples in a marriage preparation program. I could tell by their semi-hostile fidgeting I was losing them so though I was a bit afraid of what might come, I stopped and asked them to tell me what was bothering them. As they [...]

Who Deserves Respect?

The week before last, Ryan Anderson (of the Witherspoon Institute and the Heritage Foundation) got into a revealing and troubling exchange with Josh Barro (of the New York Times).  Barro openly stated in this debate that some people do not deserve respect, based on the opinions they hold. Rebecca Teti blogged about this last week [...]

The ‘Fool-Priest’ Is Dead: Robin Williams, Rest in Peace

In the wake of the death of Robin Williams, Facebook and Twitter lit up with reminiscences. The best YouTube, for me, was the sign off from Mork to Orson about the loss of a friend (see it below). It seems to sum up so much of the work of Robin Williams. He is being absurd [...]

Must-Read: Archbishop Chaput on How to Save the Culture

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in an essay at Public Discourse,  outlines a clear and concise plan of action for one of our most pressing tasks as 21st century Christians – converting the culture in which we live. In a short piece that will take you five minutes to read, Archbishop Chaput sets out [...]

Christ is the Light

Today, we celebrate one of my favorite feasts in the Roman Calendar: the Transfiguration. In the day’s Gospel reading, we see Moses and Elijah appear before the disciples and Jesus turns into a brilliant and dazzling pure light in every aspect, echoing the Prophecy of Daniel: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took [...]

Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishops’ Residences

CNN published an inflammatory and provocative piece of link-bait over the weekend criticizing the Catholic Church because some of the larger archdioceses happen to have “lavish homes” for their archbishops. In the process of concern-trolling for a religion he clearly despises, the writer, Daniel Burke, reveals how little he understands about the Catholic Church. Below [...]

A company’s ad shows the Dad as “awesome”?

Last week, Long John Silver’s had a great ad which affectionately showed a Catholic parish’s fish fry. This week, the impossible happened: A corporation aired a two-minute online ad which showed the Dad as awesome. The actor says: “My name is…” “D-A-D!!” screams one of his kids looking for him. “…and proud of it. And [...]

“I Like Having Lots of Siblings Because…”

It was June. My phone had a new message on it from my daughter. She was away on mission in India. I gathered the children and plugged the phone into the speaker to listen. I immediately regretted playing it out loud. There was no voice, only rustling around. Then we heard shrieking and screaming. It [...]

Big corporation’s ad shows a priest and his parish in a positive light

We’ve all suffered for our church as late-night comedians and Hollywood movie makers have used the Catholic Church and the priesthood as a source of ridicule. These attacks have started to slow down a little lately from their high water mark of a few years back. But I have to say: I didn’t expect something [...]


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