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Memo to the Vatican: Save the Doves!

As if we needed any more proof that it’s time to end the silly practice of releasing doves as a symbol of promoting peace, two more poor birds were subjected to a violent assault this weekend in St. Peter’s Square. The event terrified and needlessly traumatized thousands of innocent children who witnessed it take place. [...]

What Catholic Tradition Means to a Protestant

Facebook is making me a bit ill these days. And I’m not sure who to blame. Pope Francis? The media? Ordinary Catholics squabbling over what the pope really did say or didn’t say, lecturing other Catholics about why they should or should not be in love with the pope, and accusing bishops and priests whom [...]

Overcoming The Post-Christmas Blues

Yesterday, I wrote about the anticipation of Christmas. But if there’s any counterpart to that buildup of excitement, it’s the post-Christmas blues. The presents are all unwrapped. The house is pretty trashed – despite my best efforts to clear the wrapping paper from the living room. The sink is full of dishes, and all the [...]

The Anticipation of Christmas

There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close at hand, With shaking timber and shifting sand, Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand Than the square stones of Rome. – G.K. Chesterton, The House [...]

The Choice 2014 [Updated]

Catholics face an important choice in 2014 and in the years ahead. Some of the comments and reactions to my post earlier this week on Pope Francis’s decision not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops revealed a disturbing trend to me, namely, the extent to which many Catholics have adopted an apprehensive [...]

Pope Francis, Breastfeeding, and Breaking with Catholic Tradition

We now know the answer to a question no one in the entire world was asking: What does the bishop of Rome think about breastfeeding in public? Sometimes it’s fairly easy to predict how a certain anecdote or even a certain phrase from Pope Francis will get reported by the media. Not surprisingly, the secular media’s reporting [...]

Let’s Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is a holiday with religious origins, but is arguably the most important secular holiday in America, more so even than Independence Day. The Thanksgiving feast is a celebration of the bountiful harvest, but also a preparation for the dark and lean times ahead. In my youth we decorated the classroom with cut-outs of cornucopias, [...]

101 Reasons to Give Thanks For Your Body

Yes, your body. The one you think is too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too old, too weak. The one with the scars and the stretch marks, the wrinkles and the cellulite, the acne and the bald spot. The one you’ve long been wishing were just a little (or a lot) different from [...]

Seven Score and Ten Years Ago…

Abraham Lincoln understood this important truth: America’s greatness was neither an accident nor an entitlement. Whatever greatness was in this nation was, by the grace of God, an achievement of our forebears; an inheritance received through no merit of our own to be passed on to posterity out of duty, if not charity. Thus, the [...]

What the Pope Taught Me About Food, Sex, and God

When I was 19, I stopped eating. Not entirely. Just mostly. For the better part of six years, I survived on lettuce, tuna, and frozen yogurt. It’s not a diet I recommend, but at the time, it made me feel safe and in control. I hated my body back then. I hated its softness, its [...]


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