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Joe Biden Should Run For President and Defend the Pro-Life Cause

Joe Biden should run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and defend the pro-life cause.  This strange and seemingly unlikely idea came to me after I read an account of a recent interview in which Vice President Biden admitted that, as a Catholic, he accepts as a matter of faith that life begins at […]

When Chickens Trump Babies…Time to Re-Prioritize?

I’ve been around the trivialities of poseur politics for a long time. I usually avoid the snark response, but every so often somebody comes along and jumps the shark in such a loutish way that it almost demands it. The most recent issue of Mother Jones is a case in point. Mother Jones is a […]

Poll Reveals Catholic Base is Strong in U.S.

Public Religion Research Institute just released a survey of Catholics. The survey covers devout Catholics, ‘Christmas-and-Easter’ Catholics and (for reasons I don’t quite get) former Catholics. It attempts to quantify the effect that the so-called “Francis Effect” has on the Church’s own. How does the much-vaunted power of Pope Francis’ open-hearted approach to the papacy […]

Why Am I Such a Jerk to ‘Gay’ People?

  Over the last couple years, and most recently in light of my Crisis essay on the August conference on same-sex attraction in Detroit ( ), I’ve gotten hammered publicly by fellow Catholics for challenging the views of some Catholics regarding homosexuality. This sometimes has gotten quite ugly, with much ink spilled accusing me of […]

Yes, We Need Ritual: The Millennial and the Mass

I can’t hope to speak for every young adult, but I can speak for myself and those whom I know. Existence easily feels unanchored, uncertain, and confining. When guidance is lacking, we often idolize distraction, making rituals of Facebook stalking, Instagram checking, and relational and sexual fantasizing. As a generation that thinks it does not need […]

Can Rick Perry’s Candidacy Be Saved?

Can Rick Perry’s candidacy for the presidency be saved?  Not, I think, if he takes the advice of Red State‘s Erick Erickson.  According to Erickson, Perry can resuscitate his political fortunes by taking on the Republican establishment directly, up to and including calling for the removal of John Boehner as Speaker of the House and […]

Carly Fiorina Is Hillary Clinton’s Unplanned Opponent

Carly Fiorina. Note that name. Write it down. Visit her website. Thursday night, she participated in a second-tier primary debate inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the event’s sponsor, Fox News, as well as the Weekly Standard and CatholicVote, she stole the show. But, going into the debate, Fiorina was known […]

The full interview I gave to the Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press today published an article “Vigneron softens his tone on Communion for Catholic gay supporters”.  I come off as being kind of mean.  Drat. Below is the full interview. 1)   Please address why this conference takes on added significance since it comes so shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down […]

Cruz, Rubio win debate according to CatholicVote Straw Poll

Question 1: Ted Cruz: 21.92% Marco Rubio: 21.72% Ben Carson: 14.39% Mike Huckabee: 12.26% Donald Trump: 8.93% Scott Walker: 5.90% John Kasich: 4.46% I did not watch the debate: 3.91% Jeb Bush: 3.30% Rand Paul: 1.87% Chris Christie: 1.30%   Question 2: Carly Fiorina: 62.26% I did not watch the debate: 27.66% Bobby Jindal: 3.56% […]



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