End-times mavens like to assign the meanings they want to cryptic or ambiguous Bible verses, and cherry-pick world events in the same way, to make political claims.
The bigot isn’t the man who thinks he’s right. Every sane man thinks he’s right. The bigot is the man who cannot understand how the other man came to be wrong.
Animals do all sorts of things we do not want people to do. Yet people say these behaviors are "natural" and, therefore, licit among humans.
What signs of distinction do Christians give? The signs must say not only, “We’re not one of you,” but “Come and see.” We’re not so good at those signs.
For my stand-alone Evangelical colleague, the true faith was what he said it was, no more, no less — whatever the rest of the Christian world said.
I make no claims to be someone who would kneel before the lions in the Colosseum. I pray I would, but no one knows how he’ll meet the test till he’s tested.
Catholic social teaching doesn’t map well on any of the usual political positions. It also leaves a lot to wisdom and prudence.
Who knows what experiences help make people one kind of person or another, and what little change might have made the villain a hero or the hero a villain.
“Don’t you fear dying?” a young woman asked me. I said I feared not dying. For her, death is the end of a life of pleasure. For me, it's the end of decline.
Catholicism offers so many material things that convey God's grace: holy water, candles, relics. What's eating a little holy dirt when you've found God through all those things?
I enjoy what might be called “confessional tourism.” I’m fascinated by what confessors tell me, and so I tend to go to confession when I’m away from home.
Politics gives us a lovely way to externalize our virtue. Or so we feel. The world encourages us to see our votes as acts in defense of light and against darkness.
A scholar wrote to me that she fears for “the next generation of writers who grew up texting.” I think she's right, but only to a limited extent.
It baffles me that self-consciously orthodox Catholics so blithely accuse Pope Francis of heresy. Catholic claims about the papacy, however qualified, are a high-wire act.
Writing directly about what one knows, without trying to impress anyone, produces the most interesting and enjoyable writing.
The passion for not masking has led to some Christians making ridiculous claims about Providence to justify not wearing one.
The world does not like seriously religious people, like conservative rural white American Christians and like the Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
As I write, the local bishop has removed all the sacraments from the people and closed all the churches...
Most Americans assume some people in power must be the good guys, people who can do something to fix things.
- Karl Keating