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Father Michael Scanlan, a man in full

By | January 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

The news a moment ago that Father Michael Scanlan, TOR -- my beloved former boss and the president emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville has died -- brought with it a flood of Holy Spirit-tinged memories. I landed at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in the fall of 1994 as, in the University nomenclature, a "grad non-trad" [...]

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When idols fall

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

  For those who care deeply about celebrities, no matter how "has been," the bloom was taken off Christmas this year with the one-two loss of singer George Michael on Christmas Day and actress Carrie Fisher just hours ago as I write this. Here is one of Carrie Fisher's  final TV interviews, only taped weeks ago. [...]

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Movies for a Christmas Eve

By | December 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

You have no doubt seen the greatest film ever made, It's a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra. Stripped down to its essentials, it's a story about the intercessory prayers of a woman named Mary... Imagine my astonishment when I got an email from a daughter (I'll preserve her [...]

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My last days on the air, and The New Show!

By | September 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

As you may know, September 29, 2016, is my last day on the air as host of Catholic Answers Live. A lot of people have been asking how to help launch my new media platform PatrickCoffin.media. Go HERE to find out about the new media platform I’m building. The need is huge, urgent, and long overdue! You’re [...]

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Redeeming time, plus the difference the Redeemer makes

By | August 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today on Catholic Answers Live, Father Paul Scalia (the late Justice Antonin's son) will join me to talk about redeeming the time. An absurdly large clock face thing.   How much time do you waste each day? Want to stop doing that? Second hour, Mr. Karlo Broussard will talk about Jesus and the difference He [...]

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The Trinity! Movies!

By | August 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

To quote Maria from The Sound of Music, these are two of my favorite things, and both are being discussed amply today on Catholic Answers Live. First hour, the Mystery of the Trinity with Father Sebastian Walshe of St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County, CA. Second hour, movie reviews and film chat session, Reel Life, with [...]

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Porn free!

By | April 19th, 2016|Categories: Audio|

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 [...]

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An unusually Catholic politician

By | April 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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. [...]

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A brief for balance

By | April 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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. [...]

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Welcome to the new orthodoxy

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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