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May 6, 2013

When he wasn’t ideating Morlocks and alien tripods, H. G. Wells took a moment to snark that “Belloc and Chesterton have surrounded Catholicism with a kind of boozy halo.”

There’s something to that: Along with their other accomplishments as authors, speakers, and defenders of the Faith, Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton invented—or at least perfected in their time—the jolly melding of Church and tavern that celebrated God’s presence in creation from tabernacle to tankard.

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May 1, 2013
Bathroom sign

After reading the work of bioethicist Wesley Smith, I came across a group of people that suffers from a condition called body integrity identity disorder (or BIID). The disorder occurs when a person thinks his limbs are not his own and wants the healthy limbs to be amputated. This clip from Anderson Cooper’s talk show highlights one woman who is able to walk but chooses to use a wheelchair and has asked doctors...

April 29, 2013

It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

 — Bob Dylan

Let’s play a little game. I’ll give you four news items and you tell me what they have in common. Please answer in complete sentences, fill in ovals completely with a No. 2 pencil, and show your work.

1. Belgian archbishop Andre Leonard...

April 24, 2013
Harry Potter and Tom Riddle (aka "Lord Voldemort")

In the wake of grave evils, the most recent of which being the bombing at the Boston Marathon, people usually want to know, "What causes someone to do something like this?" How could two young men—one a husband and father, the other barely out of high school—plan and execute a crime that has caused three deaths and injured nearly 300 more?

Many look around for external triggers. In the...

April 18, 2013
A sign describing "bigots"

When I talk to fellow speakers who give chastity talks on high school campuses, they tell me the topic that always creates the most heat is homosexuality. I have seen students become nearly hysterical in their condemnation of the Church’s opposition to sexual acts between people of the same gender. Why are some young people so passionate about this issue?

Their anger is especially strange given their responses to the Church’s opposition to other sexual sins such as masturbation, which...