John Clark

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Let’s Empty Purgatory

Today, on All Souls Day, there can be a certain sense of fear and discomfort for many of us. Because we are, to some extent, aware of the sufferings of the souls in Purgatory, the mere thought of it can be terribly unpleasant—especially knowing...

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My New Catholic TV Show: “Professors on Break”

With the help of lots of talented people, I’m happy to announce the completion of a new online show called “Professors on Break.” The entire series is included below. To briefly introduce the concept of this little show, I’d like to tell you a...

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Father James Martin’s Exercise in Fallacy

Just two days before Cardinal Newman’s beatification in 2010, NPR ran a piece speculating as to whether Cardinal Newman was a homosexual—even suggesting the possibility that he may have engaged in sexual relations with another priest. In that...

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A Toast to Young Marriage

On Oct. 3, my wife Lisa and I celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversary. I met Lisa when I was 17 years old, married her at 21, and became a parent with her at 22. If I have one regret, 27 years later, it’s that I didn’t marry her...

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This is Disastrous — Do We Doubt the Sacrament of Marriage?

We are told that a high percentage of Catholics today doubt the validity of the Blessed Sacrament. That may be true. But I’d be willing to wager that, for most people, the validity of the Sacrament of Matrimony was doubted long before. In his...

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Alyssa Milano

I recently listened to actress Alyssa Milano’s Sorry Not Sorry podcast, in which the starlet takes up the political cause of abortion. In the course of the 55-minute podcast—which manages to be simultaneously unsettling and calculatingly...

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What John Paul II Taught About Racism and Xenophobia

In today’s environment, the charge of racism against political opponents has become increasingly routine. In fact, it is often proclaimed that—regardless of the issue under discussion—racism is the only possible explanation for another’s...

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Prince Harry Has a Problem with Humans

In a recent British Vogue Magazine interview, Prince Harry made a comment that caused quite a stir. The Duke of Sussex stated that he and his wife would have a “maximum” of “two” children for the sake of the environment. It’s easy to dismiss...

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Is It God’s Will That I’m Married?

Maybe it’s just the websites I frequent, but it seems as though there is a widespread temptation lately among Catholics—priests and laity alike—to wonder if they have chosen the right vocation. It’s hard to dismiss the idea that the devil is...

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The Impact of a Loving Marriage is Greater Than You Can Imagine

June 17 is my parents’ 58th wedding anniversary. Since I’ve been around for all but 10 of those years, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on their marriage. So first, I’d like to say: Congratulations, Mom and Dad! And I’d like to offer an...