If God is Not, Is Everything Permissible?

I came across a Fulton Sheen meme today, and it got me to thinking. Here’s the meme: Archbishop Sheen was a brilliant rhetorician, but he knew his audience, and that they would just eat up this idea. But considered objectively, it’s unjust. Catholicism tells us that...

Let’s Get Raw & Real For a Hot Second

Hi everyone. Happy New Year. As I sit down to write this, the only thing I can tell you is how much I don’t really want to. As someone who has made his living for years writing thousands of articles, a guy who believes writing is a craft, not a manifestation of the...

Papal Authority’s Abuse and the Diminution of Faith

This is an inside-baseball Catholic post. Many of you have followed me to this Substack from my previous career of Catholic commentary, so this’ll be old hat for you. For those who read me for other reasons, I just wanted to warn you up front in case this topic isn’t...

The Shortest Non-Tweet You’ll Probably Read Today

I’ve got an essay brewing, but it’s not done yet. What with all the running around and unpacking and used furniture transporting I’ve been doing for the past few weeks since we moved into the new place, my writing time is still very limited. And now, with Thanksgiving...

Of Liminality

I’m back! After months back and forth on the road and several weeks cramped into too-small hotel suite with our family of 9 (plus a dog!), we finally closed on our new house, and are settling in. I have had no headspace to write since August, save for a few boozy...

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