John Clark

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The Part of Archbishop Viganò’s Letter You Might Have Missed

Archbishop Viganò’s recent testimony has caused an earthquake on an ecclesiastical Richter scale that few, if any, of us have ever witnessed. Almost every prominent Catholic voice in America has commented on it. That’s understandable. It cannot...

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There’s No Hell Like a Priest’s Hell — So Pray for Guilty Prelates

With the current deluge of sexual allegations against high-ranking prelates, the faith of many Catholics has been terribly shaken. Ralph Martin recently commented that he had “never seen so many” Catholics “as deeply troubled” as they are today. ...

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The Pope Just Asked Us All to Pray and Fast

In response to revelations of sexual crimes by members of the clergy, Pope Francis has just issued a Letter to the People of God, in which he makes a request for universal prayer and fasting. His letter begins by acknowledging the abuse that has...

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Here’s Why Saints Say ‘Every Ingratitude is a Sin’

In her 1922 edition of Etiquette, Emily Post mentions over one hundred occasions and ways in which a person should thank another. For Post, whose book served as the standard for social interaction for generations, the idea of failing to express...

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Conservatism Without the Right to Life?

In light of the Supreme Court nomination, Fox News personality Tomi Lahren recently issued a monologue offering this advice to conservatives: “Pressing for a Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would be a big mistake.” Since she...

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Is There Glory In Overcoming Temptation?

Considering how much of the moral life involves overcoming temptation, it’s surprising how little attention the subject receives. (Let’s be honest: when was the last time you found yourself in a discussion with friends about the best ways to...

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Are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Still Self-Evident Rights?

Editor's Note: This blog was originally posted for Independence Day 2017.   On the Fourth of July, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence, the birth announcement of America to the world. We ponder these immortal words of Thomas...

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Homeschooling and the Future of the Church

When I was homeschooled 35 years ago, I remember overhearing the objections to my parent’s chosen educational method: How will homeschoolers learn subjects that their parents don’t know?  How will homeschoolers socialize?  How will homeschoolers...

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Should Catholics Boycott Ireland?

As a Catholic of Irish descent, I have gone out of my way over the years to buy products (often, comparatively pricier products) from the Emerald Isle. With the recent popular vote to legalize abortion, however, I will be boycotting...

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Liam Neeson Pushes for Abortion in Ireland

I recently read an editorial in which a man described what life was like for women in a certain country. In his view, the nation “has stripped women of their human rights”; has “inflicted indignity and abuse on women for generations, and on a...