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March 23, 2015

This year marks the centenary of a rethinking of Catholic apologetics that most Catholic apologists have never heard of.

Some Thoughts on Catholic Apologetics was published in London in 1915. The author was E. I. Watkin. Born in 1888, he converted in 1908 and died in 1981. He was a long-time friend of historian Christopher Dawson and wrote and translated many books.

I first came across Watkin’s name when I got an abridged version of the book for which he is best known...

March 9, 2015

On February 13 Catholic World Report carried an interview with me about my latest book, The New Geocentrists. The interviewer was Carl E. Olson, editor of...

March 8, 2013
Son of my one-time debate opponent

Under the Constitution, a president has full authority to issue pardons to those convicted of federal crimes. You might guess that particularly liberal presidents would issue particularly many pardons, but that doesn't seem to be the case. At least it's not the case with Barack Obama, who, of modern presidents, has been the most parsimonious is granting clemency.

Last week he pardoned 17 people, all for nonviolent offenses. He previously had granted 22 pardons. The next most stingy...

February 18, 2013

Pitiful, just pitiful.

That was my reaction on watching this five-minute clip from The Colbert Report, in which host Stephen Colbert talks with Garry Wills about his new book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition. The book was published last week.

Colbert is a Catholic but not, so far as I can tell, a completely orthodox one. Still, he professes...

February 17, 2013

After some years away from him, I’m back on a Ronald Knox jag. I’ve got several shelves of his books—nearly everything he wrote—and a few nights ago compared what I have to the listing of his works in Evelyn Waugh’s biography of him. Of the few titles I didn’t have, I found some at online book dealers, so three are on their way to me.

One book I hadn’t taken down from the shelves in a long while was Essays in Satire, published in 1930. Two of the essays particularly caught my...