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Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest

Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime? Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American. We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises [...]

Sign our Open Letter to Speaker Boehner

    Are you still fired up about the delay on the 20-week abortion ban? Let’s do something about it. Sign our Open Letter to Speaker Boehner. Tell him we want a vote now! This isn’t new legislation. The House passed a similar bill in 2013 by a strong 228-197 vote. So there’s no reason [...]

Fox’s ‘Bad Cop’ Drama ‘Backstrom’ Adds a ‘God Cop’ (Video)

I’ll be keeping an eye on this character to see where he goes — and there’ll be more on this down the line — but Fox’s offbeat police drama “Backstrom,” premiering Thursday, has added a pastor to the lineup. Based on the books by Swedish author Leif G.W. Persson, and developed for American TV (first [...]

Feeling Devastated by What Pope Francis Says? Try These 3 Helpful Keys.

I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane. The reactions have [...]

The Legacy of Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, who died yesterday, gets my vote for Catholic politician who most screwed up Catholic engagement with the American public square. You may hear, with good reason, that it was the Kennedys. But I vote for Cuomo. It was Cuomo who laid out the intellectual case for the “personally opposed, but…” position of pro-abortion [...]

Five Calendar Systems That Never Caught On

This New Year’s Day, the whole world, whether they realize it or not, celebrates the beginning of the two-thousand fifteenth Anno Domini based on the calculations of a monk named Dionysius Exiguus in the sixth century. Prior to that time, dates in the Christian world were given as either the regnal year of the Roman [...]


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