February 1, 2013

In the aftermath of the horrific Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil that claimed 235 young lives, people are asking what they always ask after a disaster: “Where was God?”

On Sunday, January 27, the nightclub erupted into an inferno after the club’s band set off fireworks that ignited flammable material. The club’s design and the fact that it was overcrowded were the main factors in the high death toll. Video...

February 1, 2013

This is the third and, for now, last post that mentions episodes from the life of Paul Claudel.

During World War I Claudel was stationed in Rome, Italy being an ally of France and Britain. One day he dined with Hilaire Belloc (seen in the photo flanked by his friends George Bernard Shaw and G. K. Chesterton) in an osteria on the Via Nomentana. The eatery was called Pozzo di San Patrizio (Well of St. Patrick).

Belloc spoke words of praise about a talented young author. Claudel...

January 31, 2013

Many things the Holy Father doesprobably mostgo unnoticed by the majority of Catholics, and I fear His Holiness’s new Twitter account is unlikely to change that for more than a passing instant, so much do our attentions these days flit from one experience to the next. If I still have you reading after one complex...

January 31, 2013

On a recent CNN iReport, a user named TXBlue08 provides seven reasons why she chooses to raise her children without belief in God. In the past two weeks her essay has been viewed 750,000 times. I suspect this essay is becoming less a mere defense of godless parenting and more a straight-up atheistic evangelization effort. Let's examine her seven reasons to "let God go" and see if the deconversions should commence.

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January 31, 2013

Human nature is a pesky thing. Because it's fallen, it can sometimes undermine or sabotage our work as apologists in ways that we easily miss.  One of the ways this can happen is through triumphalism, defined as the spirit of arrogance or pride with respect to belonging to the Church. Not the proper sense of pride, a la "I'm proud to be Catholic," but the self-puffery sense, a la "I belong to the One True Church, and you don't." Whether subtle or overt, it’s lethal to the work of...