Category Archives: Culture

Robert Bellarmine and Global Warming

In the popular imagination, Galileo was a courageous champion of Science (YAY!) against the corrupt and backwards Catholic Church. (BOOO!) This simplistic view is attractive to people with a natural hostility to people of faith. It is also false. On this feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine, we should remember that, contrary to the standard narrative, [...]

The question nobody is asking about the black mass in Oklahoma

At least, I haven’t seen anyone asking it. First, a brief recap of events: A few weeks ago, a Satanist group announced plans to perform a black mass in Oklahoma using a consecrated host that had been stolen from a Catholic Church. In response, a legal team representing the local bishop obtained a court order [...]

What I Saw at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit

An important effort to defend persecuted Christians in Iraq and elsewhere has been tainted by accusations of Antisemitism against some high level participants.  I think that’s unfair – above all to Christians at the mercy of ISIS at this hour– and would like to offer my eyewitness account of the event in question to offer [...]

Carrying Your Cross on 9/11

In the last few years, I’ve commemorated 9/11 by heading to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, to see the Waves of Flags. Launched in 2008 by student and actor Ryan Sawtelle, then president of the College Republicans, the display features one full-size flag for the roughly 3,000 people who died in the attacks of Sept. [...]

The Legacy of Old St. Peter’s in NYC

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It tells of Catholics who stepped foot on this soil long before the American founding, through the early years of the nation, and to the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear [...]

The Black Mass in Oklahoma

According to this ABC News article, preparations are ongoing for a satanic black mass in Oklahoma City. Some thoughts: First, although it would be very understandable for Christians–and decent people of any faith or no faith–to be disgusted and angered by this, since the ceremony is admittedly not so much an act of worship but [...]

The Tree of Life

This coming Sunday we celebrate the great feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, also known as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the old calendar. The cross has power even for non-Christians as perhaps the most recognizable symbol in the world. In the Middle East, the cross is toppled and the black [...]

Did Notre Dame Just Go Off the Cliff?

Despite its ongoing lawsuit against the Obama administration over its employee health care plan, the University of Notre Dame’s student insurance plan will cover contraceptives and abortifacients. This is bad news.  Really bad. And for a lot of people holding out hope for, or actively working for, the renewal of Catholic identity at Notre Dame, [...]

“The Attack Came Before Dawn…”

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It journeys from the American founding through the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear alongside heroes, children, politicians, athletes, and artists who all [...]


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