Grift of the Holy Spirit

Tony Ginocchio
Stories of the weirdest, dumbest, saddest members of the Catholic church.
Created 03 Nov 2019
  • Ordinary Timequake
    01 Dec 2021 • 29 min read • 2 0
    "My great war buddy Bernard V. O'Hare, now deceased, lost his faith as a Roman Catholic during World War Two. I didn't like that. I thought that was too much to lose." -Kurt Vonnegut in Timequake Ther...
  • The 2021 G.O.T.H.S. Holiday Grift Guide
    29 Nov 2021 • 14 min read • 3 0
    I write these goofy little essays because I like to write about Catholicism, and Catholicism's unique culture and the distorted reflection it provides for American culture, and why Catholicism is the ...
  • Rakhat and Reconciliation
    10 Nov 2021 • 37 min read • 1 0
    [a note on content: if you haven’t read the 1996 novel The Sparrow yet, this piece will basically cover the entire plot and it gets pretty dark.] If you're like me and live at some sort of embarrassin...
  • I Have Decided to Become a Doctor of the Church
    25 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 3 0
    I'm about to start the third year of the G.O.T.H.S. project, and one of the challenges that I like to give myself is to make sure that I'm pushing the project in new and interesting directions, and th...
  • Your Lifefunder Sucks
    28 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    One thing I've learned from writing all of these pieces is that we shouldn't overthink the reasons why people do things. Why does Taylor Marshall keep saying the Pope is evil? Well, he makes a lot of ...
  • Applying the "She's The Man" Standard to Seminary Formation
    27 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    I know that sometimes G.O.T.H.S. can be a very dense read, as we do detailed analyses of complex theological texts all of the time, and are about to dive into another one. I may not have the level of ...
  • Psalm 145: I Will Own Your Ass
    16 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    There's a famous story about Pope/Saint John XXIII that I really like. After several years of work as Pope to improve Christian-Jewish relations globally, John XXIII was presiding over the 1963 Good F...
  • The Michael Sean Winters Garbage Opinion Power Rankings, Summer 2021
    07 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 1 0
    So far in the G.O.T.H.S. project, I have never looked back on any of my subjects and said "ah man, they turned out to be all right, I shouldn't have written such critical things about them." I have sa...
  • EXCLUSIVE GUEST COLUMN: Pro-Life Governor Greg Abbott explains Texas' high rate of "child churn"
    06 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Grift of the Holy Spirit is proud to exclusively share this guest column by Texas Governor and Catholic Greg Abbott. On September 1st, the Lone Star State became the most proudly pro-life state in the...
  • Rodsmack
    30 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    As of this writing, the most read piece in all of G.O.T.H.S. is the August 2020 John-Henry Westen/LifeSiteNews piece, with 2,899 hits total. I'm a little surprised it's that one - I personally think t...
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