Age of Profanity?

Age of Profanity?

Profanity on primetime TV increased 69% from 2005 to 2010. And that’s just the major networks, never mind cable. I would have to assume that, by 2018, they’ve given up counting. So it’s not just my advancing age or sensitivity.  We really are living in an Age of...
Painted Churches, and the Body

Painted Churches, and the Body

Last week, I toured the “Painted Churches” of south Texas for a solid week. A pilgrimage route called “El Camino de Lavaca” has been established that includes most of the Catholic churches (painted or not) in four counties located in the Austin/Houston/San Antonio...
To Whom Do You Bow?

To Whom Do You Bow?

Our TOBET staff just came home from a presentation to school teachers in a vibrant, faithful Catholic diocese. They were very impressed with the reverent behavior of those who received the Eucharist at Mass. They were even more impressed with those who went up to the...
Content by Consent?

Content by Consent?

Dayspring Brock is our newest TOBET blogger!  Today she blogs about a hot topic on college campuses and in the public square, the idea of consent in sexual ethics.   Most sex education programs approach sexual ethics like this: the goal is to reduce risky behavior and...
The Tempest and Hope

The Tempest and Hope

No one would argue, it’s been the season for natural disasters.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Katia struck like balls in a batting cage, wham, wham, wham.  In the middle of that ferocious fortnight, Mexico suffered a gigantic earthquake. (For perspective, the San...
Come In, Houston

Come In, Houston

In the middle of the devastating news coming from south Texas this week, there’s strangely been an undercurrent of goodness.  An entire city virtually disappeared under water, but on the news we see nobility on a grand scale.  it’s not the usual parade of human beings...
Take a Pass on Porn.  Seriously.

Take a Pass on Porn. Seriously.

At TOBET, one of the most frequent and desperate pleas for help that we hear concerns pornography.  It’s snagging our young men, beginning around age 8 (and even some girls and women are being pulled in).  If your son or grandson has a smartphone or tablet (without...
Rise and Shine, Church!

Rise and Shine, Church!

TOBET got a jolt of theological caffeine over the July 4th weekend!  That is, we were invited to participate in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, sponsored by the USCCB and totally exceeding all our expectations. This event didn’t appear on CNN or 60...
Limits and social media

Limits and social media

This past January, I received a “death threat” via Facebook… my first.  Ironically, it was issued because I am pro-life.  I laughed it off, because the authors were some middle-aged Northeastern women from the so-called peaceful “Women’s March.”  I brashly...