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Porn free!

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Apr 19
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A lot of effort is expended by Christians talking about the problem of pornography (we hear of the scourge of porn, the  and damages of porn ) and so little effort on what to do about it, at least on a personal level.       Last week on  Catholic Answers Live, I interviewed a young man with a plan. Denver-Based Everett Fritz has written a combat manual, titled Freedom: Battle Strategies for Conquering Temptation. It’s a slightly misleading title for…

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An unusually Catholic politician

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Apr 12
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Do you know how the Vietnam War started? Until last month, I hadn’t really thought about it. I knew the French were there before World War II; I knew (vaguely) about Ho Chi Minh in the North; and I knew that the Soviet Union and the United States were playing a game of Cold War chess by proxy. The rest I “learned” from Oliver Stone, and from the endless stream of movies about troubled (invariably anti-War) Vietnam vets.     None of…

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A brief for balance

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Apr 06
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Polite society prizes moderation, doesn’t it? We’re told (in a maxim with various versions) that “in all things moderation.” This is commonly understood to mean that the alternative to moderation is extremism, which is unwise, either because a) it peters out quickly; or b) it’s is rooted in a volatile emotional impulse. Makes sense, right?   Yes, but. Here’s the post-but caveat. On the other hand, there are some contexts in which the maxim doesn’t apply. Like loving, for instance. Does the Bible…

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Welcome to the new orthodoxy

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Mar 29
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The world and its worldly way of interpreting reality is getting stranger by the hour. Consider. Jeremy Irons is acknowledged by most movie and theatre lovers to be one of the greatest living actors.  He endorsed Green Party candidate Caroline Lucas in 2015; his best man was the Openly Gay [tm] Christopher Biggins; and his big break came with Brideshead Revisited, the 1981 English TV miniseries with homoerotic undertones. A reasonable observer would say Mr Irons’ political views reflect a man of…

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