• Shakespeare and the Fading of the Catholic World

    Last week the world marked the 400th anniversary of the death of the greatest writer in the English language and one of the three or four most significant artists the human race has produced. William Shakespeare simply contains so much.

  • Why You Should Read C.S. Lewis' "The Great Divorce" by Bishop Robert Barron

    In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two entire counties north of Los Angeles, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the long trips a bit easier, I have gotten back into the habit of listening to audio books. 

  • “Miracles from Heaven” and the problem of theodicy

    As any apologist worth his/her salt will tell you, the great objection to the proposition that God exists is the fact of innocent suffering.

  • First thoughts on “Amoris Laetitia” from Bishop Robert Barron

    If I might make bold to summarize a complex 264-page document, I would say that Pope Francis wants the truths regarding marriage, sexuality, and family to be unambiguously declared, but that he also wants the Church’s ministers to reach out in mercy and compassion to those who struggle to incarnate those truths in their lives. 

  • Bill Nye is Not the Philosophy Guy

    Reliable sources have informed me that for the millennial generation Bill Nye is a figure of great importance, due to his widely-watched program from the 1990's called "Bill Nye the Science Guy." Evidently, he taught a large swath of American youth the fundamentals of experimental science and became for them a sort of paragon of reason. Well, I'll take their word for it.

  • Zubik v. Burwell

    On March 23, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a consolidated lawsuit against the HHS Mandate. Thomas Aquinas College, where I serve as president, is one of the 35 plaintiffs in the case, which includes the Little Sisters of the Poor and The Catholic University of America, among others. The College objects to the Mandate’s requirement that we provide coverage to our employees for contraceptives, abortifacients, and related services because the Catholic Church teaches that their use is gravely immoral.

  • Consider it a crisis. And we have Our Savior.

    “Don’t wait for a crisis to make a change.” It was the fourth Sunday of Lent, and the homilist during Mass was talking about conversion. And I was completely distracted by the protest in my head: “Don’t wait for a crisis? How many crises do we need already?”

  • The most important kind of leadership

    We were very far away from Iowa and New Hampshire and Super Tuesday. A few nights into the New Year, 3,000 Catholic college students were gathered for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ Student Leadership Summit. Their surprise speaker — who might look out of place if he had been on the official agenda — was former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

  • ‘Very worrisome’

    As Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel “Lord of the World” moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who has placed simple-minded faith in the utter goodness of the antichrist figure at the center of the story awakens to the fact that her hero has artfully constructed a regime of violence, oppression and thought control.


  • Impressions from attending the joint session address by Pope Francis

    The House is much more an intimate space than on what one sees on television. I noticed a fisheye lens camera that creates the magic on television. In reality, you can virtually reach out and touch the Members (or as I did well after the pope’s departure and the House Chamber started to clear, give a shout out to a Member who heard and replied).

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Archbishop José H. Gomez

May is Mary’s Month. It is a new moment ... when we reflect on the love that our Blessed Mother showed to us in bringing Jesus into the world. As I was reflecting on this week’s column, I found myself wondering: Did Our Lady ever pray the Our Father?


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  • Friday, May 6

    Healing the Family Tree Mass, 7:15 p.m., Incarnation Church, 1001 North Brand Blvd., Glendale. Presider: Father Mike Barry, SS.CC. Please come early to fill out the family tree form. Info: (818) 421-1354.


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