Love and Responsibility, Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)I’ve started reading Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) and I’m excited about it. We need his teaching now more than ever. He knew Marxism and its soul-denying (and soul-killing) effects first hand, studying for the priesthood in an underground seminary in Poland. If he’d been caught, he would have been killed. Providentially (literally) he wasn’t caught. He went on to become one of the greatest Popes the Church has ever had and his writings will be studied, I feel certain, for centuries to come. Continue reading

Read Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 for yourself. Unlike most people who are fuming and spitting angry words about it having not read it, you and I will read the thing and then have something to say. It’s only 17 pages, for crying out loud. (I think sb1070s is the Senate version and sb1070h is the House one, but I’m guessing.) I just saw this little blurb while searching for 1070: Continue reading

Bishop RJ BakerI wrote the other day about Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham. I’ve been on a quest to learn more about him. I found out that Bishop Baker used to be a professor of sacramental theology. (I hope to find out more about that later.) I found two of his writings on the Birmingham Diocesan website. While he was still in Charleston, Bishop Baker wrote a pastoral letter, “The Redemption of Our Bodies, The Theology of the Body and Its Consequences for Ministry in the Diocese of Charleston.” I’ve been studying the Theology of the Body myself, so I was delighted to see that Bishop Baker has been studying—and teaching—it too. Continue reading

The following is Part 3 in a continuing series which began as a write-up of a talk by Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP, but instead took on a life of its own and has become some rather broad reflections on salvation history as it leads up to the founding of the Church by Christ, and the Church’s role in salvation. In the next set of posts we’ll go deeper and into more detail.* Notes and credits at the end of this post. (Part 1) (Part 2) Continue reading

The following is Part 2 in a continuing series which began as a write-up of a talk by a talk by Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP, but instead took on a life of its own and has become some rather broad reflections on salvation history as it leads up to the founding of the Church by Christ, and the Church’s role in salvation. Soon we’ll go deeper and into more detail.* In this part we are still looking at how mankind got itself into a situation wherein it needed to be saved. Acknowledgments at the end of this post. (Part 1) Continue reading

Regular readers of Catholic Heart and Mind know of my ongoing conversation with a young man who is an atheist. At his request I’ve been reading Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. Every day I hear of someone reading this book or ones like it, and “losing their faith”. Friends have questioned why I would read such a thing. Because, I tell them, I want to know what the New Atheists are saying and why they are saying it.

And now I know. Continue reading