A Zealous New Convert Writes…

04/11/2011 Comments (12)

I have followed your blog for some time now and want to thank you for all that you do. You might be happy to know that a group of somewhat recent converts (myself included) to the Faith discuss your writings on a regular basis (especially your recent clarifications on lying). I am from Lafayette, Louisiana, and converted to the Church two years ago this coming Easter. Men like Lewis, Chesterton, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Thomas Aquinas are who led my friends and my family into the Catholic Church.

For about four years now I have been studying the Faith and maturing in it (ever so slowly) through the writings and sacraments of the Church. About two weeks ago, my wife and I were asked...READ MORE

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Last Week, The Anchoress Asked…

04/08/2011 Comments (29)

“Are you happy?”

It’s a profound question really. Indeed, you could argue that it’s the central question of the Gospel.

Chesterton’s Innocent Smith has, of course, his own peculiar style for trying to get us to think about that vital question:

But since Innocent’s methods are of dubious utility and legality in our rather jittery culture, I think other approaches might work better in this space.

One thing that many Catholics get confused about is the reality that happiness is, in fact, the point of our lives. Many Catholics (especially those of a more grumpily reactionary bent) often tend to react to the claim that the point of the Faith is Happiness by dismissing that claim as...READ MORE

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We Are a Paris Hilton People in an Apocalyptic World

04/06/2011 Comments (14)

What else can be said of a nation that so needs to be coddled that even as we send our young men and women off to kill and be killed in yet another war over a piece of dirt that does not concern our vital interest at all, the President of the United States must carefully schedule his press conference regarding said war (think about that! WAR!) so that it does not conflict with “Dancing with the Stars”!:

President Obama had a message for the American people Monday night, an explanation of the government’s intentions in Libya, one that he believed was important enough to request air time from the broadcast networks as well as the cable news networks.

But the administration also recognized...READ MORE

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Pepsi, Kraft, and Nestle Is People!

04/04/2011 Comments (26)

In a scene right out of Soylent Green, we discover that these shining examples of EvilCorp Evil are actually partnering with UberEvilCorp Senomyx in using cells from aborted fetuses for testing their artificial flavors.

Okay, technically you are not *ingesting* the cannibalized remains of a human being, but with each mouthful you are still helping with the cannibalization of aborted babies so that several giant soulless corporations can make money off their deaths.

UberEvilCorp Senomyx is not, of course, interested in things like common decency threatening their cash cow. And companies like Nestle, fresh from a long history of protests over their inhuman contempt for human life in the...READ MORE

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After Considerable Thought, I am Converting to the Jedi Faith

04/01/2011 Comments (31)

It is with great joy that I announce my conversion to that most ancient and mystical of religions: the Faith of the Jedi Warrior.

Many of you will ask me: “Mark, why? We thought you were a serious Catholic!”

All I can say is, it just feels right for me, and I like the Jedi ethos which teaches us all to trust our feelings. Because, after all, if you can’t trust your feelings, what *can* you trust?

Others ask, “But isn’t this just from a movie? Didn’t George Lucas just make it all up?”

To them I say, “Name one religion somebody didn’t just make up!” Ha! Got you there, didn’t I? You don’t even know how to answer, do you? That proves the Force is with me.

You see, it’s that kind of quick...READ MORE

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What Is Sacred Tradition?

03/30/2011 Comments (29)

A reader writes:

I am almost finished reading your book By What Authority, and wanted to express my extreme gratitude to you for writing this book. I was raised as an evangelical and, like you and so many others, have been mulling over questions that seem to have no satisfactory answers inside the evangelical world. I recently picked up the aforementioned book and have not been able to put it down. I have been on an exploratory mission the last couple of years, researching and praying about the Catholic Church, and if there were a lynch pin in my story, reading this book might just be it. I have a question though that was not addressed in the book, or maybe I just didn’t pick up on it.


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Science Fiction as Theology

03/28/2011 Comments (12)

Here’s an interesting bit of philosophical inquiry from philosopher Ed Feser on David Cronenberg’s version of “The Fly”, one of the most disgusting sci fi movies ever made.  I am familiar with the original, but (knowing Cronenberg’s reputation for yuck) I’ve opted to avoid the remake.  Feser is not dealing with the yuck factor.  Rather, he’s dealing with the metaphysical question of what it means to be a human being and how far changes in our bodily structure can go before you stop being human and start being Something Else.  It’s a question science fiction raises for us a lot—and a question the sciences will soon be confronting us with as we continue to screw around with life at its most...READ MORE

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Why Do Cops Lie?

03/25/2011 Comments (24)

Why, for the same reason you and I do: for the greater good, of course. That’s how all human beings justify lying or any other sin they commit. Normally, for *ordinary* people in *ordinary* situations, such behavior is “wrong”, we say. But for me, in my oh-so-special situation, it’s okay. Or if not okay, then, courageous because I’m bravely willing to defy even God in order that some essential and good thing be preserved despite his inexplicable and pharisaic rules that stand in the way of the Greater Good. In fact, I’m actually a *hero* for being willing to go to hell for the Greater Good. The graver the sin, the more likely the sinner is to spout the language of courage to justify the...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.