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A Tiny, Brilliant Spark from The Vatican

Asked what it meant for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said, “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know in Just 250 Pages!

Who could possibly be gullible enough to believe that the Explanation for Everything could be contained in 250 pages? Who would even think that human language could adequately  explain much of anything, even in the best 250 pages ever written? This is what I … Continue reading

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The Spanish Steps in Rome

Wandering around Rome last year, we happened upon the Spanish steps—the widest staircase in Europe, built in the 1700’s. We walked all the way to top to go into the church at the top of the 135 steps (one thing you do … Continue reading

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Catholics, Facebook, Ash Wednesday, and a Cat

I am killing time in a hotel room tonight, so I figured I had time to visit Facebook. What a mistake! It’s Ash Wednesday, made clear by the assholes who posted their photos on Facebook with ashes on their greasy foreheads, who … Continue reading

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“Brideshead Revisited” — What ISN’T it About?

In the spring of 1991, as a senior in college enrolled in a Satire Seminar at a small, liberal arts Catholic College, I read Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited for the first time. Only 6 or 7 seniors took the class and … Continue reading

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Another Note on the Stupidity of Catholicism

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My Two Favorite Tourist Traps in Rome

You shouldn’t avoid tourist traps just because they are tourist traps. I know this because I have been to some really famous tourist traps and most of them were pretty great. One of these days I’ll make a couple of … Continue reading

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