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Slaying the Dragon

In J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, Bard the Bowman achieves the amazing feat of killing Smaug, the dragon, by shooting an arrow into the one unarmored place on the dragon’s underside.  Similarly pro-life people throughout our country have shot an arrow into Planned Parenthood’s one vulnerable spot. This spot is the revelation of the […] Read More

Is Abortion Really Only One Issue?

As we draw near to Election Day in this very contentious campaign, some Christian voters say that abortion is only one issue.  They believe it is fine to vote for a candidate who has vowed both to expand abortion coverage and to choose Supreme Court justices who likewise favor the expansion of this gruesome practice.  […] Read More

In Memory of Her

  “And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:9). This Friday these words of Jesus will find a particular fulfillment as the entire Catholic Church, by order of Pope Francis, will celebrate July 22nd as […] Read More

Strategic Anti-Essentialism: The Horrifying Return of Segregationist Ideals

By Andrew Turner https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/31/can-a-white-guy-have-dreadlocks-this-puzzling-viral-video-wades-into-the-politics-of-black-hair/ Cultural Appropriation (CA) is nothing new, and it’s found in absolutely every single culture. There are, today, no known cultures that have not had some contact outside of their own social ecosystem—and, of course, the moment one such culture is found, cultural trace contamination is guaranteed as enculturation naturally evolves into […] Read More

How Proving Nothing, Proves the Divine

This is an essay by Andrew Turner, a guest contributor to the Dead Philosophers Society, please read more about Andrew at the end of this article. What is existence? What does it mean to say “I am” or to claim something else “is”—or to say the exact opposite? How does perception, individual and collective, affect […] Read More

For the Conversion of All Sinners

At the beginning of Lent, I picked up my dusty copy of St. Faustina’s diary. This book transformed my spirituality when I was a college student. As I read the saint’s diary this morning, I was struck by Jesus’ words to her during Lent “Pray for souls that they be not afraid to approach the […] Read More

Black Lives Matter from Conception Until Natural Death

Hillary Clinton, speaking in a Baptist church in Columbia, South Carolina on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, courted black voters as she sympathized with five black mothers whose children had died by gun violence.  Does Clinton really think that too many blacks have died violently?  How then is it that in receiving the Margaret Sanger award […] Read More

Acts of Violence: A Theological Perspective

Violence is man’s greatest affliction, and unfortunately it was self-inflicted. Theologian Arthur McGill defines violence in the following way: “The term ‘violence’ refers to an event or an action that ‘violates’ some aspect of human life. Violence, then, is always connected with suffering.” (McGill, 19) This definition shows the nature of ‘violence’ I am speaking about. First, […] Read More

Seventy Reasons to Celebrate Your Baptism

In his Sunday Angelus remarks on January 10, 2016 (the feast of the Baptism of the Lord), Pope Francis told the people present that they should know and celebrate the anniversary of their baptisms. Here are 70 reasons to celebrate your baptism! *CCC stands for The Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Holy Baptism is the […] Read More