Pontifications.

Why My Kids are in the Front Rows at Mass

Why My Kids are in the Front Rows at Mass

Screams. Giggles. Delighted shouts and whispered questions. Yes, the 8am Mass my family normally attends often sounds as much a petting zoo as a place of contemplation. (Fittingly, not without a Lamb … and more than a few goats.) Yet every Sunday, countless...

The Dark Night of the Church

The Dark Night of the Church

Our progress along the spiritual path to God is essentially one of purification, illumination, and union. The purification of our souls should be thought of as the refinement of precious metal, trial by fire and the expurgation of impurities under the blows of the...

Two Catholic Wolves and Gospel

Inside of you are two wolves. Catholic wolves. And they’re fighting a battle for your soul. Everywhere you go in the Church today, there seems to be schism, division, and civil war. And what’s the dividing line? It’s not what you think. What politician is the most...

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...