Category Archives: Evergreens

I Must Decrease

Introduction: It hasn’t been long since I originally published this essay at the Catholic Answers Blog, and yet there is so much I still wish I could say on the subject of celebrity priests. What has been gnawing at me … Continue reading

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My Dear Grubmuck

Introduction: A few days ago, Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, reported on his lunch with Pope Francis. Among other items of interest, he quoted the Pope as saying, “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to … Continue reading

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Tiny Bubbles

Introduction: A few months after this essay was published, a writer for Catholic Lane opined on why she was giving up Facebook for Lent. The fourth of her five reasons was “groupthink”: “We Catholics have fostered an electronic environment that … Continue reading

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Go, Tell John

Introduction: Tomorrow is the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In honor of his feast day, here is a Q&A essay I published for St. John’s feast day last year. Today [6/24/13] is the Feast of the … Continue reading

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The Young and the Childless

Introduction: I ended up agreeing with the solutions this young couple found when they felt chased away from the church by impatience with their children’s noise. But I once again sighed with annoyance over the invocation of Jesus’ rebuke to … Continue reading

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The Veil and I

Introduction: If there is one hot-button topic in Catholic circles that is sure to raise my hackles, it is when discussion turns to “veiling.” I confess that the subject inspires a hostility in me that I have a difficult time … Continue reading

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The Blessed Virgin’s Guide to Catholic Modesty

Introduction: Debates on modesty pop up in the Catholic blogosphere as surely as dandelions in spring. This essay was my contribution to the discussion, and was recently republished at Catholic Answers’ chastity outreach site, Chastity.com. You want to see a … Continue reading

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Matchmaking Unplugged

Introduction: Jill Duggar—one of the nineteen children of 19 Kids and Counting—is getting married this weekend to a young man she got to know through Skype and only met a month or so ago. (The report does not specify when … Continue reading

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