Christ is the Light

Today, we celebrate one of my favorite feasts in the Roman Calendar: the Transfiguration. In the day’s Gospel reading, we see Moses and Elijah appear before the disciples and Jesus turns into a brilliant and dazzling pure light in every aspect, echoing the Prophecy of Daniel: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as whi... More
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Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishops’ Residences

CNN published an inflammatory and provocative piece of link-bait over the weekend criticizing the Catholic Church because some of the larger archdioceses happen to have “lavish homes” for their archbishops. In the process of concern-trolling for a religion he clearly despises, the writer, Daniel Burke, reveals how little he understands about the Catholic Church. Below are just seven wa... More

Colbert, O’Brien, Kimmel, Fallon, Daly, Gutfeld, Wilmore — Catholics Rule the Night

Catholic Stephen Colbert tapped to replace David Letterman on CBS ‘Late Show’ Catholics who think their values are underrepresented in the media are probably right, but that’s not for a lack of baptized Catholics in front of the cameras — at least in latenight TV. Recently, Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert was named as host of CBS’ “Late Show,” replacing David Lett... More

Sympathy for the Devil

Justice Scalia was right. Satan is very much present in the world. As the august jurist said to New York Magazine back in October, “What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.” On Monday of this week, a strange-bedfellows (although perhaps not so surprising) consortium of ultraliberal academics, Atheists, and Satanists failed t... More
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The Culture of Life is a Culture of Motherhood

Let’s talk about diapers: a newborn baby will need 2,500 diapers in the first year, and many more after that, but state-run programs like WIC and SNAP don’t address even basic needs like diapers. The fight to end abortion grabs headlines, but the press pays little attention to the mundane needs of the single mother who has beaten the odds and carried her crisis pregnancy to term. Saving the li... More

“He saw the city and wept over it”

In American electoral politics, we take for granted that liberals will win in the cities and conservatives will win in the country with the suburbs up for grabs. However, this is increasingly an untenable position as inner suburbs have moved to the left over the past few decades. In the latter half of the 20th century, middle-class families fled the cities for the safety and stability of the subur... More

Five Reasons We Should Always Eat Fish on Fridays

Everybody knows that as Catholics, we eat fish on Fridays during Lent. Many Catholics also keep meatless Fridays throughout the rest of the year. There are countless articles on all the popular Catholic sites that discuss Canon 1250 and the norms for fasting and abstinence promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We know this, but if you’ll pardon the expression, we want ... More
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Banned in Boston?

All is not well in Beantown. The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade is the latest target in the LGBT bullying campaign to destroy freedom of expression. The Allied War Veterans of South Boston have sponsored a parade since 1901 celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick and the British Evacuation of Boston during the Revolutionary War. The veterans group won a Supreme Court battle more than 20 year... More

Bringing Back Reverence in the Liturgy

Image: Dom Daniel Augustine Oppenheimer, Prior of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, in Eucharistic procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Charles Town, WV, June 2nd, 2013. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the neces... More
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Is Pope Francis Catholic?

This is an absurd rhetorical question, but it bears asking, because according to Jon O’Brien, president of the hilariously named “Catholics for Choice,” Pope Francis is not nearly Catholic enough (or too Catholic, depending on how you look at it). Writing in the Washington Post, he provides a list of complaints which, in his view, the Catholic Church badly needs to address. Like Martin Luthe... More

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