Happy Holidays

The New Secular Puritan Covenant

Thanksgiving brings back memories for Americans of the Pilgrims and Puritans, carrying out their “errand into the wilderness” to build a “city on a hill,” surviving that first bleak Massachusetts winter of 1620-21. As a kid, I remember that cutting out Puritan hats from black construction paper and taping them to the school windows was [...]

The Commercialization of Thanksgiving—and So Much Else

Thanksgiving is rapidly competing with Christmas as a candidate holiday for the next cultural war. We know, of course, that December 25 is the holiday that dare not speak its name, having been transmogrified into “winter holiday” lest delicate ears be offended by “C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s.” Thanksgiving, so far, has managed to retain its name of religious [...]

Butterfly

Time for your Friday morning links: Former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who had been excommunicated for illegally ordaining priests and for marrying a Korean woman, has at last been defrocked as well. The top five YouTube videos of 2009. Number one might surprise you, in a good way. Gorgeous book cover designs. I want to hang [...]

A Christmas Favorite

Time for your Friday morning links: Former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who had been excommunicated for illegally ordaining priests and for marrying a Korean woman, has at last been defrocked as well. The top five YouTube videos of 2009. Number one might surprise you, in a good way. Gorgeous book cover designs. I want to hang [...]

Record number of journalist deaths in 2009

Time for your Friday morning links: Former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who had been excommunicated for illegally ordaining priests and for marrying a Korean woman, has at last been defrocked as well. The top five YouTube videos of 2009. Number one might surprise you, in a good way. Gorgeous book cover designs. I want to hang [...]

Friday Free-for-All

Time for your Friday morning links: Former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who had been excommunicated for illegally ordaining priests and for marrying a Korean woman, has at last been defrocked as well. The top five YouTube videos of 2009. Number one might surprise you, in a good way. Gorgeous book cover designs. I want to hang [...]

Is Capitalism Ruining Christmas?

Catholics are seriously annoyed at the way the holiday season is changing. If you are among them, you are probably already annoyed at this article, because I didn't say Christmas season. It is Christmas, for goodness sake, so why can't we just say that? I received an e-mail the other day from Amazon.com headlined, "The [...]

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