A Look at Friday Penance
One area of the Church that has suffered more than its share of neglect is the penitential nature of Fridays -- not just Lenten Fridays, but all Fridays.
Catechesis & the Average Catholic
The average American Catholic is a 48-year-old woman married to a Catholic spouse with whom she has two children. She is not very active in her parish.
The Most Pernicious Catholic Heresy
Hilaire Belloc calls Islam a Catholic heresy because, like all heresies, it shares in the deposit of truths but "clings" to a few false propositions.
Those Hurtful Ads!
Those NOR ads are presumably supposed to be satirical, but they're actually insensitive, judgmental, mean-spirited and hurtful....
Literature Matters
Through the ages, great ideas have frequently found their expression in great works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
Islam
Muslims often claim that Islam is a misunderstood religion. This is partially true, insofar as many people do not understand the nature of Islam or what it teaches.
Biotechnology & Posthumanism
Technology may finally make us so unhappy we will begin to effectively criticize its consequences with the whole human good in mind.
The Trendy Atheists
Richard Dawkins and his ilk view Catholics as deluded faith-heads whose minds have been taken over by irrational superstitions.
Pope Francis
Despite any attempts at reading the tea leaves of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s past life, it's far from clear how he is going to handle becoming Pope Francis.
Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage was the invention of the Emperor Nero, who had at least three such nuptials, one in which he played the bride.
The Problem of Evil
The Church is clear-eyed about the devil's existence and demands that we neither minimize nor exaggerate the danger he presents to our salvation.
New Age & Gnosticism
There's far more to this movement than the self-indulgent silliness of astrology, crystals, weird workshops, and the accompanying psychobabble.
Catholic Social Teaching
The same papal statements that criticize socialism also criticize capitalism, and for the same basic reason.
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