John Clark

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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...

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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...