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Butts in the Pews: The Sacraments as Marketing

Butts in the Pews: The Sacraments as Marketing

Last week, I made the case for why Confirmation should never involve required service hours. (TL;DR: it’s the sin of simony.) This week, I will explain a broader problem common to sacramental prep in parish catechesis. It is an open secret among clergy and lay...

What If? Episode 1 Review

What If? Episode 1 Review

Now that the first episode of the much anticipated What If? has dropped on Disney+, it seems the Marvel multiverse is full steam ahead with a question that’s sure to please the moderns and tick off many of the trads, both in Marvel circles and Catholic ones: what if...

In Praise of Superfans

It’s been a few months since TGC’s redesign and I want to give a shout-out to my Superfans. Some of you are newcomers, others have been with me since 2015, when I first started drawing some horrible scribbles in ink. TGC has grown consistently but slowly, even for a...

Sad Christian? You’re Not a Failed Evangelist.

"We are told to hide our blemishes because bad news doesn’t evangelize. However, hiding blemishes isn’t evangelization, it’s marketing."Eric Sammons, Is the Catholic Church a House of Cards? Eric Sammons and I don't agree on everything, but this we definitely agree...

The Motu Proprio

The Motu Proprio

Traddeus is having a bad one. As many of you have probably heard, Pope Francis today released a motu proprio severely limiting the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, who may celebrate it and where it may be celebrated. This was done for the stated goal...

May Flowers: Baby Murphy #7

May Flowers: Baby Murphy #7

The hardest day in our family’s life was May 26, 2020, when we lost our Margaret Clare. At the height of the pandemic, the world already in the midst of terrible upheaval, we went to the hospital expecting a normal delivery as we’d had 5 times before. From the hopeful...

Review: Oculus Quest 2

Virtual reality: the dream of a every 90s kid now finally accessible to the masses. A couple years ago, a colleague of mine — a major gamer with the RAM to prove it — introduced me to the world of VR on his Oculus Rift (the big brother of the Oculus Quest 2). So...

The Paradox of the Cross: A Star Wars Story

Some weeks ago, my attention was snagged by a title over at ScreenRant, Star Wars Hints at the True Purpose of Force Ghosts, which discussed why the phenomenon seemed only available to the Jedi and not the Sith. As I read with interest, these words stuck with me: “The...