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“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 [...]

‘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 [...]

People Are Dying for Christ — Go to Mass on Friday

Friday, Aug. 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Unless it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, and that means that Catholics are required to attend Mass (unless they have a health issue or other situation that would licitly excuse them from attending [...]

EWTN to Plant a West Coast Studio in the O.C.

On July 24, during the annual Napa Institute gathering in Napa, California, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw and the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, announced that the global Catholic satellite and radio network has begun construction on its first West Coast production facility. As detailed in a release posted on the [...]

Why Does TV Suddenly Like Virgins?

With everything and anything sexual now shown even on ad-supported basic-cable TV — if you don’t believe me, look at this clip from FX’s upcoming “romantic comedy,” called “You’re the Worst” (be warned, it might endanger your immortal soul) — and knowing the way pendulums tend to swing in this fallen world, it just might [...]

Talk about an entitlement mentality

You know who had the best commentary on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case? Comedian Louis C.K. back in 2009. I assume the comic would take the Planned Parenthood side of the dispute if he were directly asked, but a bit he did on the Conan O’Brien show nonetheless gets to the heart of the [...]

Is LeBron James the Prodigal Son?

So, basketball superstar LeBron James has decided to leave the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hometown squad (he’s an Akron, Ohio native) he abandoned in the summer of 2010. The city, already bearing the unfortunate nickname of “The Mistake by the Lake” — while LeBron’s nicknamed is “King James,” also his [...]

Catholic at Heart: Pierce Brosnan’s Imperfect Yet Saving Faith

It would be a beautiful world if cradle Catholics remained faithful all their lives, and if converts (because, in this scenario, there wouldn’t be any reverts, like me) came to the Faith all unspotted and pure, with no nagging personal issues mucking up the place. A beautiful world, yes, but not this world. Let’s take [...]

Christianity On the Rise Amid Persecution

“There are more witnesses, more martyrs in the Church today than there were in the first centuries,” said Pope Francis last week. He decried the persecution but added “The Church grows thanks to the blood of the martyrs. This is the beauty of martyrdom.” His words are proving true around the world. China China used [...]


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