Our Lady on Fire

Our Lady caught fire but try not to worry about the expense. Consider the lilies, consider the birds, consider a fish-fry, pan-European, “all proceeds towards” etc., etc. Consider ignoring Macron, not rebuilding it bigger and better but smaller and worse, with a sign...

Against James Martin

Fr. James Martin is a wonderful man and an intelligent scholar and editor, for whom I have the greatest respect. However, he has the unfortunate habit — which we all indulge at some time or another — of reducing the Catholic intellectual tradition to an...

God of the Mediocre

Most of Harrison Lemke’s songs describe him standing at a window, looking out at crummy weather, until he is quite sure that God loves him. In the Bible, weather signifies God’s presence to his Creation, and for good reason: Wind and rain and snow are obvious...

Interruptions

A great many keyboards have suffered a great deal of clacking over the topic of “Catholic guilt,” a phenomenon which ex-Catholics blame for their neuroses and dietary restrictions. This confuses practicing Catholics, for whom “Catholic guilt” more often refers to the...

Resnost pornografije

This piece was originally published in Slovenian for the cultural journal Razpotja, one of the finest magazines on the international scene. Artwork by Maja Poljanc.    The problem with pornography is not that it treats sex lightly but that it treats it seriously; not...