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Are those who experience same-sex attraction prone to abuse? by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Mar 1, 2019

I noticed on our Facebook page that there was a brief discussion of whether or not those who experience same-sex attraction are predisposed to sexual abuse. Without considering the distinction between abuse that is legal and abuse that is illegal, the answer is “yes” of...

How do we really know Jesus Christ founded a specific Church? by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "Multimedia Blog" - Mar 4, 2019

In the second video in the How do we really know? series, I examine the evidence for Christ’s specific foundation of the Catholic Church, exploring the expectations of the Jews, the connections in Our Lord’s teachings with the idea of a church, the evidence for the actual foundation of...

How do we really know Jesus Christ founded a specific Church? (audio track from video) by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "Multimedia Blog" - Mar 4, 2019

This is the audio track from the second installment of our How Do We Really Know video series, for those who prefer audio only. To view the video or consult the supplementary print resources which are listed for each episode, go to the video entry page. Previous in series: How do we know...

Preparing for Lent by Jennifer Gregory Miller in "Liturgical Year Blog" - Mar 5, 2019

I recently picked up a book from the library by Katrina Rodabaugh entitled Mending Matters. It’s a book on how to recycle clothes by repairing, patching, stitching, and darning but in a decorative way. She had begun a fast from fashion, trying to buy minimally and only from...

A statement the Tennessee bishops shouldn’t have made by Phil Lawler in "On the News" - Mar 6, 2019

The Catholic bishops of Tennessee have recommended against support for a “Heartbeat Bill,” on prudential grounds. The bishops may be right in their political judgment. But even if they are, they had no business issuing their statement. In that statement, the bishops make it quite...

The minor prophets: Varied voices, including our own by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Mar 6, 2019

In discussing the twelve “minor prophets”, I began last time by treating the three who were active in the eighth century before Christ. This time I will take up what I call the four “exilic” prophets, that is, those whose mission fell during the period just before or during...

Churchmen, out on a limb again, defy the world by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "The City Gates" - Mar 8, 2019

It is one of those days. I am finding it difficult to get excited about much of anything, and I am not sure what the problem is. After all, just look at the dramatic news stories from the past three days: First, on the matter of the common good: In a stunning statement on Wednesday from the US...

Life Is Worth Living: The Message of Fulton Sheen by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Mar 11, 2019

In the mid-1950s, Bishop Fulton Sheen became the Catholic voice of America with his groundbreaking television series, Life Is Worth Living. But there was a second series with the same title, recorded only in audio in 1965 and released just after the close of the Second Vatican Council. The...

Tongue-tied bishops—is it fear of retribution? by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Mar 12, 2019

John Allen of Crux does his best to be balanced, but he can only do so much. When he suggests that “Vigano may have made it harder to get to the truth on McCarrick“, he can’t avoid implying that many American bishops are keeping their silence, rather than demanding a thorough...

Episode 31—Some Jazz You Should Hear by Thomas V. Mirus in "The Catholic Culture Podcast" - Mar 13, 2019

You may or may not know that I have a background in jazz piano (I wrote and performed the intro and outro music for this show, for example). In this episode I introduce you to about ten of my very favorite jazz albums. This is an experimental...

Four late minor prophets, plus Jonah as a bonus by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "In Depth Analysis" - Wednesday

Wrapping up the so-called minor prophets in rough chronological order, we will now look at those who prophesied after the Babylonian Exile. Ranging from about 520 BC into the 300s, these prophets tend to be more specifically Messianic. It is almost as if the pre-Messianic time is growing short. As...

Pope Francis shows no regret over a shocking appointment by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Friday

Was Pope Francis sending a subtle message to his critics this week? Or have I become a bit paranoid about papal statements? You decide. In a statement of condolence after the death of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Pope Francis summed up the ecclesiastical career of the Belgian prelate in two...

Bent on evil: How do we explain human culture run amok? by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "In Depth Analysis" - Friday

The other evening on our (almost) daily walk, my wife mentioned a recent talk given by a public librarian who was expert on fiction for teens. One of the points made by the speaker was that the overwhelming majority of the books that came across her desk featured gender-confused young people who...

Transfiguration and confidence by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky in "On the News" - Monday

Self-confidence, properly understood, is spiritually healthy. With an honest and well-formed conscience, we should all strive for an unshakable faith and confidence, without arrogance, that is rooted in Jesus. A letter to the editor in Catholic World Report many years ago gave a wrenching...