December 10, 2013

The Pope Emeritus Responds to an Atheist

I had to smile at his opening paragraphs, in which Benedict addresses his critic courteously but forcefully: Today, therefore, I would at last like to thank
December 12, 2013

Feckless Men, Faithful Fathers, and the Masculine Genius

“The Church needs a better theology of women.” So spoke Pope Francis last August on his way back from Rio. The media, of course, agreed. But
December 13, 2013

The Best Kept Christmas Movie Secret

Have you seen Nativity!? No, not The Nativity Story. And no, I’m not talking about the new film Black Nativity. I’m talking about this charming Christmas
December 15, 2013

The Grinch and the Whos Versus Pope Benedict and Linus van Pelt

Dr. Seuss’s Grinch has become–with Dickens’s Ebeneezer Scrooge, on whom the Grinch seems to be based–an icon of anti-Christmas grouchy selfishness.  This despite the fact that
December 16, 2013

Eight Ways to Give As God Gave This Christmas

We give because God gave. That’s how Christmas works … right? God gave us his Son, so every December, we imitate him by giving iPads, sweaters
December 16, 2013

31 Things You Thought About During Sunday Mass But Won’t Admit

  1.  Got to church on time…all settled in the pew before the opening hymn starts…kids all fully clothed and sitting still…can I get a plenary
December 18, 2013

Is Christmas Racist?

In recent days, there has been much debate over whether popular depictions of Santa Claus are somehow racist. For many years now, American public discourse has
December 18, 2013

A Shockin’ Holy Saint?

In his classic book of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis warns against the position–common today among spiritual-but-not-religious types–that Jesus was a fine ethicist (“Love your neighbor”)
December 19, 2013

Two Words That Catholics Need To Stop Using…Like Now

If you’re ever looking to play a rousing game of Bait the Redhead, may I suggest tacking one of two little adjectives onto the word “Catholic?”