Fish Wrap, Condoms, and the Sense of the Faith

On January 13, 2018, my wife and I were married in the Catholic Church according to the rite provided for use by canonical members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. One of the distinctive features of that rite is a lengthy exhortation given at the beginning of the wedding charging the…

I Owe My Life to Blessed John Henry Newman

It’s hard to overstate the role that Blessed John Henry Newman played in my conversion to Catholicism. It’s not even primarily that his writings helped make the case for the reasonableness of Catholicism or that he provided an example of a holy man journeying to Rome, though all of those things are true. Rather, Newman,…

Government Theft and Other Tax Day Thoughts

Happy tax day! Here’s hoping for a big return for you, whoever you are! Taxes suck. Nobody likes paying taxes, but does the government even have the right to take money from us? I run in circles that tend to be very politically far apart in their answers to this question. On the one hand,…