Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick is a senior contributor to Crisis and serves on the faculty of Gregory the Great Academy, a Catholic boarding school for boys in Pennsylvania.

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A Little Discrimination Can Go a Long Way

There are certainly lies and lifestyles that discerning Catholics should discriminate, insofar as they are unhealthy and not conducive to human happiness and fulfillment.

Our Culture of Abuse

Recent revelations about the Southern Baptists show that sexual abuse is not a “Catholic thing.” But it is a cultural thing and churches have been invaded by that culture of self-gratification that will take what it wants.

2000 Mules and the Big Truth

The mainstream media – both Left and Right – want to ignore the new documentary “2000 Mules” that exposes fraud in the 2020 election. But Catholics must fight for the truth to be exposed.

Easter and the Eighth Day

Christians no longer even understand what the Eighth Day means, but reclaiming such ideas like the Eighth Day is no small part in the requisite work for the restoration of Christian culture.

Is Cardinal Marx’s Heresy Set in Stone?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church isn’t above question or critique, but such inquiries should challenge not *what* the Catechism teaches but, rather, *how* it teaches it.

Are You Responsible for the Errors of Russia?

The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky believed that we are individually responsible for the sins of everyone in the world—and it is a mindboggling and soul-shaking meditation that is ripe material for Lent.


George Floyd Was Not Jesus Christ

In anticipation of The Catholic University of America’s obligations and observations regarding Black History Month, an icon entitled “Mama” by artist Kelly Latimore was displayed outside Mary, Mirror of Justice Chapel at the Columbus School of Law—and, like the pachamama, soon disappeared.  Whether this was an act that mirrored justice or injustice may be a … Read more

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A Beautiful Funeral

She was only 24 years old when she fell asleep in the Lord—a tragic swimming accident in late September. Bright, kind, and beautiful, she had recently graduated from a Catholic college in California and was studying nursing at a university in Ohio.  When our community heard what happened, we were shaken to lose such a … Read more


On Ghosts: A Little Spectral Speculation

But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out for fear. —Matthew 14:26 I have always liked Halloween as a joke that’s hard to get. The joke, as I see it, is that death is something to smile about, even laugh about. … Read more

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Labor’s Lost Love

That sport best pleases that doth least know how: Where zeal strives to content, and the contents Dies in the zeal of that which it presents: Their form confounded makes most form in mirth, When great things labouring perish in their birth. Love’s Labor’s Lost Strange to say (though not much stands outside that category … Read more

Is Boris Johnson a Catholic?

“A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.” – St. Thomas More To the dismay of many a crumpet-and-tea Englishman, earlier this summer British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was married in Westminster Cathedral, the seat of Catholicism in London. Johnson’s marriage to Carrie … Read more


The Anti-McCarrick

After being laicized by the Vatican in 2019 for allegations of decades of sexual abuse, 91-year-old Theodore E. McCarrick, the now infamous former Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been criminally charged with abusing a teenage boy nearly fifty years ago in Massachusetts. He faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on a minor. … Read more

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