John Clark

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From Baltimore Catechism to Baltimore Cataclysm

In 1884, seeing the need to explain Catholic doctrine clearly and definitively to American schoolchildren, the bishops of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore appointed a commission to prepare a new catechism. The American bishops decisively...

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Alabama Recognizes Right to Life for Unborn Children

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the voters in the State of Alabama passed a constitutional amendment protecting the unborn, which reads as follows: To declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the...

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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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Socialism Has Been Condemned For 20 Centuries

Recently in America magazine, there appeared an article titled, “Yes, democratic socialism is compatible with Catholic social teaching.” While it may be exasperating to see pro-socialism columns like these appear again and again, it’s not...

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Brett Kavanaugh: ‘I Swear Today, Under Oath ... I Am Innocent of This Charge’

We live in an age in which technological media has replaced the spoken word as the chosen means of communication. As a result of that, few people today appreciate the art of oratory—and even fewer know it when they see it. That’s a shame, because...

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Whatever Happened To Chivalry?

In his Introduction to Saint Athanasius’ On the Incarnation, C. S. Lewis cautions that we should not confine our reading exclusively to new books, but should intersperse “old books” as well. “Every age has its own outlook,” writes Lewis, and—try...

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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...