Category Archives: Culture

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 [...]

Five Ways Gay Marriage Affects You Personally–Even If You’re Not Gay or Married

One of the favorite arguments of libertarians and liberals alike when it comes to the debate over redefining the institution of marriage is that when two consenting adults pledge their lives to each other it does not affect anyone else. The assertion that government recognition of same-sex marriage for someone else does not diminish your [...]

The Bible on Buzzfeed

Which click-bait Facebook quiz are you?  If you’re like me, you’re long since burnt out on teaser headlines that don’t deliver on what they promise. I’ve learned to scroll right past most quizzes and anything promising I’ll be stunned, amazed, shocked, or moved to tears, knowing the only thing truly astonishing is how many ads [...]

‘Dating Naked’ and ‘Married at First Sight’ — We Have No Idea What We’re Doing

Dating and mating have had myriad variations in human history, dictated by necessity, religion or culture, but that doesn’t mean all those variations worked well, built stable families or offered a framework in which to raise children who become self-supporting, decent, productive adults. Just because you have a lot of choices doesn’t mean all choices [...]


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