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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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“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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A Poem for a Hot, Humid Saturday Night

(published in The Sun Magazine, 2011) by Brian Doyle On West Stark Street, In the City of Portland, In the State of Oregon, I tell you about your boy Jesus, A thin man says to me one day. Jew-boy. You … Continue reading

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My Last Time in a Catholic Church

The last time I stepped foot in a Catholic Church was about 3 years ago. I officially and permanently, literally and figuratively, left the church that day. It was the day of my nephew Evan’s baptism. He was just a few weeks … Continue reading

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