Eric Pavlat

Eric Pavlat is a convert from Unitarian Universalism who entered the Church in 1996. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children. He is also a perpetually professed Lay Dominican in St. Pius V Pro-Chapter, located in Catonsville, MD. He founded Democrats for Life of Maryland, Inc., in 2004, served one term as president, and stayed on the board of directors until 2010. He now considers himself more a Distributist than anything else. Eric teaches 10th grade honors and special education students in English literature, composition, and grammar at his alma mater, Parkdale High School.

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Sunday Comics: Catholics in Action, Part 10

Artist Lloyd Osterdorf has so far taken us through the lives of nine Catholics of the 20th century who lived out the social doctrine of the Catholic Church in their daily lives.  Today, we have the final entry in the series “Catholics in Action,” serialized in 1952-53. As always, these pages come from Catholic University’s … Read more

Sunday Comics: Catholics in Action, Part 8

Here’s part eight of Lloyd Osterdorf’s ten-part series “Catholics in Action.”  Completed between 1952-1953, the stories explored Catholic social doctrine from the standpoint of individual people instead of the realm of politics (though the two sometimes inevitably cross over). As always, these pages come from Catholic University’s online archive of Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact. … Read more

The God of Paradox

God is a unity … of three.  True God … and true man.  We say these statements so often, it’s hard sometimes to realize just how outrageous, how logically self-contradictory, they seem to be on their surface. The wisdom of the wise is foolishness.  The greatest one is the one who serves.  Blessed are those … Read more

Paying for College

At a dads’ get-together a few days ago, one of the guys said that he was planning on having his kids pay for college themselves because he wanted them to stay Catholic. At this rather-bizarre-on-the-face-of-it statement, many of the guys had questions, and this fellow proceeded to say that from his experience, kids who had … Read more

Sunday Comics: Catholic in Action 6

First, here’s some news about a real-life Catholic in Action: Cardinal Thuan’s cause has officially opened, giving him the title Servant of God Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan!  If you don’t know about him, do your soul a favor and rent this DVD or buy this book.  He’s truly an amazing future saint. Below is … Read more

Sunday Comics: Catholics in Action 5

Here’s part 5 in 1953’s serial “Catholics in Action,” an exploration of living the Church’s social doctrine in one’s day-to-day life, no politics necessary.  Today, the focus is on evangelizing. As always, these pages come from Catholic University’s online archive of Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact. This fits in so well with the “New … Read more

Is America in Decline?

A group called “Before It’s News” recently provided a heavily hyperlinked article with the unwieldy title, “Is America in Decline?  24 Statistics About the United States Economy That Are Almost Too Embarrassing to Admit.”  Here’s a sample from the middle: #6 One prominent economist now says that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the … Read more

Why the Recovery is Jobless

After following the Flash-driven interactive linked below, I feel like I actually understand why we have so much unemployment right now, even though we’re in recovery mode. The interactive can’t be imported, but you  should follow this link and watch it yourself.  I am so much better educated as a result of this series of … Read more

Sunday Comics: Catholics in Action, Part 4

Here’s Part 4 of Catholics in Action, telling the lives of people who followed the Church’s social doctrine in their daily lives.  This 1952 serial comes from Catholic University’s online archive of Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact. An amazing man!  Glory to God!!

Sunday Comics: Catholics in Action, Part 3

Here’s part three of 1952’s Catholics in Action series, which ran over ten issues of Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact.  These stories focused on Catholic social doctrine as lived on the personal level, instead of the political.  As always, these pages come from Catholic University’s online archive. Has anyone worked a mission before?  Are … Read more

The Return of Sunday Comics: Catholics in Action, Part 1

After some technical difficulties associated with the changeover of the site, we’re able to again provide visitors with a story every week from Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact, the classic Catholic comic book distributed to parochial school students on a biweekly basis for three decades.  As always, these images come from Catholic University’s online … Read more

9 Years Ago

Nine years ago today, my 10th graders and I were 10 minutes into an 85-minute 2nd period, doing Oedipus the King, when another teacher walked into the room and whispered into my ear that a plane had just hit the U.S. Senate building (wrong info, of course, but that’s what he said).  What to do?  … Read more

A Video Game with a Moral Vision

I cannot, of course, endorse anything sight unseen, but I have to say that this December 2010 Nintendo Wii game looks especially interesting: Epic Mickey: “A hands-on demo of Warren Spector’s ambitious Epic Mickey revealed that the paint/thinner mechanic allows not just the ability to manipulate (very) specific parts of the game’s environment, but use … Read more

Speaker Pelosi Won’t Say When Jesus Got Right to Life

 A few months ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaking to a Catholic audience, said that her favorite word was The Word, as in the Incarnate Jesus Christ, and that she wanted to pass laws “in keeping with the values” of that Word. More recently, Speaker Pelosi was doing an interview where a Catholic News … Read more

Should a Distributist own stocks & mutual funds?

Distributism teaches that ownership of the means of production should be widespread (there’s got to be a way to say that without so many prepositional phrases!).  In other words, it opposes our current form of capitalism (the means of production in the hands of very few; a near-oligarchy) and also opposes socialism (the means of … Read more

What would a Distributist society look like?

Perhaps I have a skewed vision of Distributism.  But when I try to envision a Distributist society, I see a town in the Wild West.  The federal government is so distant as to be 90% irrelevant.  There’s a general store, a bar, an inn, a post office, a sheriff’s office, and a blacksmith.  Maybe a … Read more

Five Ways to Talk to the Left about Same-Sex Marriage

As hard as it is to express the truths about abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research to Democrats, it can be even harder to talk about homosexuality. Many people wrongly equate opposition to same-sex marriage with opposition to racial equality during the civil-rights movement, applying the emotional power of race issues to homosexuality. The … Read more

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