Why Wear the Shoe You Insist Does Not Fit You?

There was a fascinating exchange over on the Book of Face between Steve Greydanus and one of his readers. It was in response to this piece on my blog a while back, concerning an Atlantic article on the transmogrification of the Rosary into a symbol of right wing culture war and military fetishism. Steve had […]

A Psalm of Thanksgiving from King David

Psalm 34 I will bless the Lord at all times;his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord;let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me,and let us exalt his name together!  I sought the Lord, and he answered me,and delivered me from all my fears. Look […]

Apologetics Disease and the Problem of Evil

Over at Where Peter Is, the invaluable Matthew Schluenderfritz writes a fine little piece on how apologetics can transmogrify the Faith from a commitment to the person of Jesus to the defense of a series of abstractions at the expense of love for Jesus and respect for the human person: Apologetics can also lead to […]

My friend Julie Nichols understands that LGBT ministry is a prolife issue

Here is the story of Alana Chen, who committed suicide in the wake of the ministrations of one of the worst priests in the US Church, Fr. David Nix and others. Here’s the thing. Before Catholic anthropology ever gets around to addressing our sex lives or any other human act, it addresses, far more fundamentally, […]

A reader wrote me a year ago

…about so-called “woke racism” (a concept I frankly regard as rubbish). I never got around to reply till now. Here is our conversation: My apologies, because a ridiculously long time ago, you wrote: I hope all is well, I think this book captures a lot of your readers sentiments, I get frustrated because you will […]

Something Profound and Beautiful from Frederick Buechner

I really love this. It marks the difference between real confidence in God and a neurotic non-faith that thinks, in the end, we are on our own and must, by blood, iron, force, and fear, maintain a phony simulacrum of the Kingdom of God that is really just a culture war fantasy. It really struck […]

Where Peter Is responds to Condescending MAGAsplainers at First Things

Long ago, before conservative American Catholics devolved, for the most part, into a sect bent on attacking the Magisterium, creating schism from the Holy Father, and turning the Church in the US into a wholly-owned subsidiary of a political party that is now entirely a Cult of Personality devoted to a traitorous mob boss and […]