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The Three Wise Men, or Kings, bow down before the child Jesus in gratitude.  For me, 2011 was a year for growth in gratitude — because I spent this past year fighting prostate cancer. I didn’t see it as a Job-like tragedy but what often befalls men of my age regardless of their “goodness,” or…

    I’m a Christmas music fanatic. A long row of Christmas music LPs still stands at dusty attention on my bookshelves. Names like Perry Como, Bing Crosby, the Kings College Choir, and Eugene Ormandy peek out from their spines. (My Christmas cassette collection was destroyed by a flooded basement), but CDs began replacing them…

    You may not have heard of him, but a Christian man of letters, one of our greatest, just passed away. A native of Georgia and educated at its University,  Marion Montgomery was a prolific writer. His works include three novels, short stories, poetry, literary and cultural criticism, a trilogy on Flannery O’Connor, Nathaniel…

  Thanksgiving may be the most underrated day in our annual rota of holiday observances. Lost in the midst of stories about our country’s native Americans bringing food to the struggling British settlers is a more metaphysical and spiritual reality that makes a day of thanksgiving about far more than a remembrance of a single…

  It started when Lawrence O’Donnell posted on his MSNBC blog that Gov. Perry was “married” to the notion that Catholicism was a “cult.”  His argument, if you can call it that, was based upon the presence of Pastor John Hagee at Perry’s prayer service, “The Response” on August 6.  John McCain was criticized by…

Dr. Warren Carroll, the founder of Christendom College and the author of many influential books on Catholicism passed away on Sunday. During the period when almost all the nation’s Catholic colleges and universities were losing their religious identity, Dr. Carroll took the bold step of founding an entirely new institution in Front Royal, VA, Christendom…

          The 2008 “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” was published by the Catholic bishops as a guide for the voters.  The bishops re-publish this document every four years, always with some sort of revisions. Matt Smith and I have posed an important question for the bishops to answer in the 2012…

      Today’s Washington Times published an op-ed by Matt Smith and myself entitled “Catholic voters hold the power to change elections.” Most Catholics have yet to realize that elections are not won only by having the best plan for our nation. That message has to reach those voters most likely to embrace it,…

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is supposed to be a Catholic, yet he celebrated the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in his state. At the press conference after the signing he expressed the hope that same-sex marriage in New York would be the beginning of a “progressive” movement across America. Andrew…

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