Culture

August 6, 2013

Should We Pray for the Conversion of America?

At the request of the pope, Catholics used to pray after Mass for the conversion of Russia–or so we have often heard.  This custom has long
August 7, 2013

Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle at Crash Site?

A priest friend of mine once said in a homily, “For all you young men in the congregation—if there’s not a part of you that wants
August 15, 2013

Tattoos: Cultural or Catholic?

“You have virgin flesh, don’t you?” I stared at my questioner, a perfect stranger in an airport bar, absolutely aghast. A dozen different responses flashed through
August 17, 2013

10 Ways Living with a Toddler is Supremely Awesome

The Huffington Post blog had a post yesterday entitled “10 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Being in Prison.” Yes, it was mildly humorous, and
August 19, 2013

A Debate Among Catholics Over America’s Use of the Atom Bomb

Last week Josh Mercer reminded us of the tension (to put it mildly) between the traditional Catholic understanding of just warfare and America’s decision to use
August 22, 2013

New Evangelization: Faith, Family & Ducks?

A&E’s hit reality show Duck Dynasty made history when their fourth season premiere was the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable TV history. This family won
August 23, 2013

Through the Looking Glass: Conversion Therapy! Gender-Bending! And Gifs!

Hello boys and girls, welcome to this week’s episode of “Through the Looking Glass,” the exciting reality game show where players try to make sense of
August 26, 2013

Jesus, Jody Bottum, and the Re-Enchantment of Reality Program

So, I tried reading all of Jody Bottum’s 9,368 word endorsement of legalizing same-sex marriage. I honestly did. When the Commonweal piece was brought to my
August 26, 2013

The Things Worth Losing For

Last weekend was Jody Bottum weekend in the Catholic blogosphere. Reading Bottum and the commentary on Bottum — those who agree with him that fighting for