Register Radio: Net Neutrality and the Gains of Fasting

03/07/2015 Comments (5)

On Register Radio this week, co-host Dan Burke and guest Matthew Warner, the founder of, who blogs at and co-authored the book The Church and New Media, discuss the controversy over President Barack Obama’s net neutrality proposal, which has been called Obamacare for the internet.

What’s net neutrality?

“To put it most basically, the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally,” said Warner. “That when you go to access any kind of data anywhere on the internet that no middleman, or no provider of that service, would treat that content differently than anything else. ... So it is an effort to make sure all data is treated equally and...READ MORE

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Cook Your Way Through Lent

Recipes for soul and body, for these 40 days and beyond

03/07/2015 Comments (3)

Lent is a time for focusing even more on our spiritual journey, as we head toward Easter, traveling to our destination with our eyes fixed on, as my wife would say, a spiritual GPS system: God’s Precious Son.

As humans, we need two kinds of food — one to fuel the soul and one to feed the body.

To help with both, there’s A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics by Angelo Stagnaro, wherein he gives us recipes for both body and soul in a palatable way.

This is no ordinary cookbook. With Lenten ingredients and detailed recipes for the spiritual part of our journey, this is the only cookbook that has actually received an imprimatur. You read correctly — an imprimatur: from Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Bishop...READ MORE

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A Tale of Two Witnesses at Notre Dame

03/06/2015 Comments (73)

The Church lost two prominent figures at the University of Notre Dame late last month. The first was Charles Rice, 83,

a beloved husband and father of 10, author, and a long-time law school professor who was loved and revered by his students, colleagues and ardent Catholics, though not as well-known beyond those groups. I was blessed to know him for more than 25 years, and even if our contact was not frequent, I kept in touch otherwise by reading his writings and keeping up with his comments in the Catholic media.

The other was Father Theodore Hesburgh, 97, who served as Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987 and was known the world over, traveling in the circles of Popes and presidents...READ MORE

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There’s only one right order to read the ‘Narnia’ books

Why the chronological numbering used by the Chronicles’ publishers today is a travesty

03/06/2015 Comments (17)

A reader writes:

Thanks for your article on the Narnia movies. I’m wondering why they made the movies in a different order than the numbering of the books. Shouldn’t they have made The Magician’s Nephew before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy before Prince Caspian? Why are they doing The Silver Chair next? The movie order doesn’t make sense to me.

Okay, let’s clear up a few things.

Whatever the deficiencies of the Narnia movies to date, at least the filmmakers did one thing right: They followed the original publication order, which is how many or most editions numbered them until about 20 years ago. I still have an old boxed edition of the Chronicles that...READ MORE

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What the Register Gets Wrong on the Death Penalty

03/06/2015 Comments (99)

As a person who does not generally support the death penalty, you might think that I would be pleased with the joint editorial issued the National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, and this paper, the National Catholic Register.

I am not.

When it comes to abolishing the death penalty in the United States, the means matter. The above publications have made the choice that granting unconstitutional power to the Supreme Court to ban the death penalty is a legitimate means as long as the end is good. They collectively write:

We join our bishops in hoping the court will reach the conclusion that it is time for our nation to embody its commitment to the right to life by...READ MORE

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Some Remarks on Pro-Death Penalty Arguments

03/06/2015 Comments (82)

Yesterday, the Register, along with America, the National Catholic Reporter, and Our Sunday Visitor, made me proud to be a Catholic by joining together in the unity of the Faith and asserting the obviously right and Catholic position of calling for an end to the death penalty.  Predictably a loud chorus of objections was heard from the comboxes making arguments that have been made many times before.  

It's justice! Something hard to maintain given the hugely disproportionate number of minorities slated for death, not to mention the disturbing number of innocent people on death row who have been exonerated by, for instance, DNA evidence.  Also, one doesn't really get the sense of sober...READ MORE

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Why the Register Opposes the Death Penalty

03/05/2015 Comments (117)

From the time of the publication of his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope St. John Paul II urged Catholics to re-examine the use of the death penalty — teaching that its use today should be “very rare if not practically nonexistent.” His successors Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis consistently have taught the same.  

We’ve taken that teaching to heart. We’ve prayerfully pondered it, and we accept it. Our reporting over the years has reflected this teaching. And, while we recognize that the Church has allowed for the legitimate use of the death penalty for society’s self-defense, we find that it’s harder and harder to argue that a particular act of capital...READ MORE

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The New Guidelines for American Christians. 21st Century Edition

03/04/2015 Comments (90)

Being a Christian in American is not as easy as it used to be. And it's becoming increasingly clear that "Christian" aren't understanding this entirely so here's a new set of guidelines to help clarify any problems you might encounter.

One must only look at the recent cases such as the fire chief Kelvin Cochran who was fired for promulgating his belief in traditional marriage, or the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage, or simply the numerous institutions battling the HHS Mandate in courts across the country to see that Christians are still resisting.

The new (and IMPROVED!!!) guidelines are as follows:

The first amendment which states in part, "Congress shall make...READ MORE

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