Catholic culture · SPLC

Doing it like Jesus would

Most of my readers have probably heard about the Ruth Institute’s dust-up with being called a “hate group.” We showed up on CNN’s republication of the SPLC’s “hate map.” Our credit card processing company dropped us unceremoniously. I want to ask you to help us. Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.… Continue reading Doing it like Jesus would

Catholic Controversies · Catholic culture · divorce

Bai Macfarlane and John Farrell

Some of my readers are familiar with the very inside-Catholic-baseball question about whether a Catholic is required to get the permission of his or her bishop before filing for a civil divorce. The extensive discussion of my most recent article on Crisis convinces me that people are indeed interested in this topic. To the best… Continue reading Bai Macfarlane and John Farrell

American politics · Benedict Option · Catholic culture

Dr J on “The Benedict Option”

I just finished reading the Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. I also recently read and reviewed Tony Esolen’s new book, Out of the Ashes, which is in my opinion, the better book of this genre. Dreher’s book has generated an enormous amount of attention. But if you only have time to read one book, read… Continue reading Dr J on “The Benedict Option”

Catholic culture · Go to Confession

Take our Poll on our Go to Confession Campaign

Hi Friends, The Ruth Institute has been running a “Go to Confession” billboard campaign here in Lake Charles. It has spilled over into some interviews with Catholic media, and some Facebook chatter. Anyhow, I am interested in knowing how people react to the 3 billboards we have created. Here are the images, along with links… Continue reading Take our Poll on our Go to Confession Campaign

Catholic culture

Intentions for the Feast of St. Joseph

My son and I visited New Orleans over the weekend. Unbeknownst to me: St. Joseph’s Day is a Thing over there. Or maybe the Feast of St. Joseph is a Thing among Italians everywhere. In any case, we saw a lovely and elaborate St. Joseph’s Altar in the French Market in the French Quarter. I… Continue reading Intentions for the Feast of St. Joseph

annulment · Catholic culture · divorce · Poll-Quiz

Should a Catholic divorcee date without an annulment?

I encountered a bit of controversy yesterday in a Facebook discussion. Please help me sort this out. Pretend you are a divorced person, who is seeking an annulment. By chance, you connect with an old flame from high school. Please read the following passage, and see if it helps you discern whether you should start… Continue reading Should a Catholic divorcee date without an annulment?