Category Archives: Catholic

Charlie Hebdo and the Politics of Blasphemy

After all, the best defense against bad speech isn’t good speech. It’s free speech. Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke and Manly Men

I’ve tried to like Crux, the latest experiment over at The Boston Globe to be relevant to its readers.  It bills itself as something of a public square, indeed “covering all things Catholic” is the byline. Of course, when it … Continue reading

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An Ontology of Marriage

Over the past decade, the arguments against homosexuals’ desire to have their unions be sanctioned as marriage by the state have revolved principally around defining marriage based on Scriptural premises. And while some proponents of homosexuality have gone to extreme … Continue reading

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On Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis is not a pope for those used to the styles of Pope John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI, nor will Francis be the pope many progressives were desperately hoping for in some sort of unfaithful adaptation of Pope John XXIII. Instead, Pope Francis is proving to be very much in keeping with his namesakes — St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis Xavier. Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

When Pope Benedict XVI was announced as the new pope, I was in a restaurant in Fredericksburg running for House of Delegates — and despite all the media’s protestations, I was elated that Ratzinger had been selected. I couldn’t talk … Continue reading

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Your Three Minutes of Civilization

Courtesy of the Jesuit Reductions of Paraguay… It’s really too bad more hasn’t been written about the Jesuit Reductions: The singular nature of the Reductions has roused the interest and admiration of numerous thinkers, philosophers, historians, economists, and explorers to … Continue reading

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On The Passing of Nellie Gray

I did not know her very well, but her lifelong leadership of the pro-life community and Nellie’s commitment to personhood was certainly one of the more courageous episodes in the history of the pro-life movement, and all at a time … Continue reading

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Patheos: This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal…

Philosophy, as it was described to me as an undergraduate at Catholic University, gets you to the horizon… allows you to touch the very limit to the mere idea of God.  Theology on the other hand was God reaching the … Continue reading

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Les Miserables Returns To The Silver Screen

Victor Hugo’s epic novel has captured anyone with the patience to read the lengthy book.  Filled with Catholic imagery and gritty realism, this book sets the standard for the future work of Belloc and Chesterton with regards to Catholic distributism … Continue reading

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NRO: The Mandate War

George Weigel nails it on National Review Online regarding the USCCB’s lawsuit against the Obama administration regarding the HHS Mandate: This is not an argument about birth control, nor is it part of some “War on Women” waged by misogynistic … Continue reading

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