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The Most Natural Law Ever

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: Books, Culture|

Have you ever had the experience of reading a book and wished for the life of you that you had a chance to ask the author a few key questions about that book? It happened to me recently and on a very important subject, the natural law. Before I drop the other shoe, let me say [...]

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Je Suis Charlie Gard

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Culture|

The heart-rending case of young Charlie Gard of England puts a most important question before us: Whose life is it anyway? If a young child is very sick, surely the parents, working in close concert with doctors, have the right to the final say regarding continued palliative or curative treatment for the child, or, God forbid, the question of disconnection from extraordinary measures of intervention. Charlie was born [...]

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Open invitation to Steven Crowder

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Culture|

Dear Steven: A fellow Canadian here (grew up in Halifax, went to grad school at McGill). I first saw you in the Fox News days and have appreciated your blend of comedy chops and conservative worldview. (Very few people doing that.) The fact that you're a pro-life Christian who makes no bones about it adds to the [...]

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Catholics Cannot Be Pacifists

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: Culture|

There is a romantic wistfulness for the pacifist cause. Last year’s Mel Gibson’s excellent film Hacksaw Ridge depicted the heroic actions of Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist who conscientiously objected to taking up a firearm during World War II. Gary Cooper played World War I pacifist sharpshooter Alvin York in the highest grossing film of [...]

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Good stuff from guest-hosting Al Kresta’s show

By | June 7th, 2017|Categories: Culture|

  I had a blast guest hosting for my friend and mentor Al Kresta. Here are books mentioned on the air. Why Catholicism Matters by Bill Donahue Courage and Conviction: Pius XII, the Bridgettine Nuns, and the Rescue of Jews by Joanna Bogle The site DecentFilms.com by Deacon Steven Greydanus Citizen Hollywood and The Crusader by [...]

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London is falling

By | June 4th, 2017|Categories: Culture|

Fans of The Clash will get the title's allusion. Another Islamic attack has unfolded before our eyes, this time at the iconic London Bridge. As of this writing, there are victims and scores injured. One man tried to describe a woman who stumbled into a nearby pub with her throat slashed, with her blood shining crimson [...]

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Notes on humor and women

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture|

To say that "women (as a rule) aren't funny" may sound rude and blunt. But there is a way in which it makes sense and expresses a truth about the difference between men and woman. A better way to put it would be to say that comediennes (remember when it was permissible to call female professional funny [...]

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The Discipline Shortage Crisis

By | May 29th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|

Discipline is an interesting virtue. There are thousands of books devoted to instilling it, working toward it, trying to gain it. A simple search on Amazon yields 446,614 book titles on the topic. The topic seems universal. There are books on disciple for athletes, for business leaders, for soldiers, for singers, actors, and other performers. Without [...]

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Catholicism is Weird

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|

Let’s face it. Catholicism is weird. This is true for ignorant outsiders and for dissenting insiders. Like the Hebrews of old, Catholics are a peculiar people, a people set apart (Deuteronomy 14:2; Psalm 4:3; 1 Peter 2:9). The ethno-hyphenated Catholics (“My sainted grandma was born in Galway and my son is at Notre Dame – so [...]

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An eclectic week in the news

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Culture|

This past week has been the picture of eclectic news items. Paris, France: Marine LePen (never described in the media without the prefix “far right” or “firebrand”) lost the French presidency to Emmanuel Macron, a “centrist.” I confess to knowing too little about the minutiae of the candidates’ positions but I do remember reading what M. [...]

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