John Clark

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Forgiveness Is Not Enough

Many years ago, the great literary critic Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human; to forgive is divine.” As an aphorism, it is pithy and insightful, yet incomplete. Forgiveness is indeed divine, of course, but God wills something...

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Why We Keep Marching for Life

Every year, when they see the news coverage of the March for Life, some people will ask why we bother marching. It’s not a dumb question—when it comes to protecting unborn life at the national level, politics has largely failed. Even under the...

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Should Priests Speak About Party Politics?

Over the past few years, it seems that priests have become increasingly eager to comment on American politics. Through various means—homilies, discussions, columns, blogs, social media—priests are letting their thoughts and feelings be known. But...

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The Politicization of the Sacrament of Penance

With the push for same-sex marriage, the past few years have witnessed the politicization of matrimony. As divorced-and-remarried persons demand Communion irrespective of the status of their matrimonial vows, we have also seen the politicization...

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Trade Your Fears for Christ’s Peace — Go to Confession!

Disneyland might claim to be “the happiest place on Earth,” but for my money, nothing beats a Catholic Church that is holding a Penance service just before Christmas. They are attended by those who regularly go to Confession as well as those who...

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The Painful Re-Definition of Heroism

We live in an age of lesser — lesser goods, lesser men, and a widespread acceptance of lesser evils among the great evils of the age. To make matters worse, we’ve become much too accepting of that fact. Regarding their personal vices as harmless...

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Is Abortion the Preeminent Issue of Catholic Social Justice?

On Nov. 12, while the assembled bishops of the USCCB debated the language of an accompanying letter to a Catholic voting guide, Bishop McElroy of San Diego took the microphone and proclaimed, “It is not Catholic teaching that abortion is 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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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...