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The Pope Francis Playlist: Songs Against the Idolatry of Money

Pope Francis likes to warn against the idolatry of money so prevalent in our day… so I made a Pope Francis Playlist. The songs excoriate, lament or exhort those who consider money something more important than God and/or man. What songs did I miss? Let me know in the comments! Dust Bowl Dance You’ve got to [...]

C.S. Lewis and Donald Sterling

What has Donald Sterling to do with C.S. Lewis? This: Sterling’s racist remarks, and the public reaction to them, remind us of the truth–and continued relevance–of C.S. Lewis’s argument for moral realism in his little classic, The Abolition of Man. This is the argument of one of my recent pieces for Public Discourse.  Here is [...]

Boko Haram and “Extrajudicial Killing”

The Washington Post has an editorial on Nigeria’s efforts to deal with the Boko Haram kidnappings.  Besides condemning these heinous acts, it also complains about the approach to the problem by the government of Nigeria.  Among other things, it notes that the government has, according to human rights groups, resorted to “extrajudicial killings.” I have [...]

Is Donald Sterling Getting (Legal) Justice?

Is Donald Sterling getting legal justice?  Maybe not, according to conservative lawyer A.J. Delgado. At National Review Online, Delgado contends that the penalties imposed on Sterling may not actually be justified under the NBA’s constitution and by-laws.  This is not necessarily to say that Sterling did nothing wrong for which the NBA could punish him. [...]

Waking up in St. Peter’s Square

Waking up in St. Peter’s Square feels like a dream. If you plan on going to the canonization, you’re not going to sleep the night before, so it’s not actually a dream. You head to St. Peter’s Square in the wee hours of the morning and pray for a miracle to find a way into [...]

Visualizing the Paschal Triduum

Easter is here! Alleluia! As we contemplate this joyous season, here is a visual representation in word cloud form of the rites of the Paschal Triduum from the past several days. Holy Thursday: Good Friday: Easter Vigil:

God Save the Rest (Including a lot of Oddballs): In Defense of Newman Centers

As a Catholic, Blessed John Henry Newman had two direct experiences with higher education. The first, the creation of a Catholic University in Ireland, is well known.  The second was his attempt to establish an oratory and a Catholic hall at Oxford University.  With a Catholic hall, the laity would have access to the best [...]

Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry?

Below are 9 statements about the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods cases, which were argued earlier this week in front of the Supreme Court.  Try to guess which statement(s) are from (a) Sandra Fluke in the Washington Post, (b) Solicitor General Verrilli’s briefing, or (c) Notre Dame Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Deneen, writing [...]

2 Essential Lenten Resolutions

Ok, at this point in Lent, our resolutions are not unlike our New Year’s resolutions. We start out with good intentions and, well, you know the rest. But I’m offering two that each one of us can embrace and which will serve the Church and the world. Hold on.  I’m getting ahead of myself. This [...]

Catholic Schools Revolution?

Something funny happened at the end of last week’s Catholic Schools Week. As Elizabeth Scalia describes it, Catholic bloggers began demanding Revolution! The crux of the debate began with another Patheos blogger, Joanne McPortland, saying that dioceses should be catechizing adults, not children. It’s an argument that some have made for years, such as Steve [...]


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