The Eucharist, Abuse and the Mystical Body

I have always been an emotional communicant, to this my family and parish priest can attest. The communion this Eucharist establishes is, of course,...

Exalting in the Cross

We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and...

The Catholic Roots of Modern Science

A strange myth has evolved through recent centuries alleging that the Catholic Church was forever the enemy of science, and that it set out...

The Loneliness of the Whistleblower

When Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was crusading against the Vladimir Putin government by investigating one crime after another, she had imagined the damning headlines...

Evil Intentions

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil intentions: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly....

Becoming a Catholic Pastor, Post -“Pennsylvania”

It’s a real mess, and I assume that it’s going to get messier. In the past few days I have had many discussions, read...

Reflections on Rome

I post this final report, for now, on my recent pilgrimage, and my final destination, the eternal city to which all roads lead, Roma. These...

Slouching Towards Babel

For all shall come to nothing that proceeds not from God.The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis In the beginning, the Lord God instructed Man to go...

The Pope and the Death Penalty

At the climax of Luke’s passion narrative, we see Jesus hanging between two criminals. One of the criminals mocks Jesus, but the other responds,...

American Oracles: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt

In 2014 there was an incident in Colorado that would jolt the sensibilities of many older Americans. At one school district, students organized to...