Category Archives: Church News

Signs of Hope: The Benedict Bishop Bump

One of the memes currently circulating is that Pope Francis is in the midst of radically changing the American episcopate in a leftward, “progressive” direction. And whether or not you like using terms like “progressive” and “orthodox”, the media and some figures in the church are eager to claim that big change is happening. The […]

Why Exclude Anybody from Communion?

Over the last few months, Catholics have had an on-and-off debate over who should and should not be admitted to Holy Communion.  This debate was provoked mainly by the synod on the family and the surrounding discussion, in which some–even some Churchmen–have contended that the Church should find a way to admit divorced and remarried […]

Okay, Hozier. I’ll Take You to Church

“Take Me to Church” is the song by Hozier that debuted in September 2013 but is getting attention now, notably at the Grammys, where he sang it with Annie Lennox. The problem is Hozier — Andrew Hozier-Byrne is his name in his small Irish town’s phonebook — sings a song that would have labeled him […]

Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest

Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime? Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American. We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises […]

The Angelic Doctor, Alive and Well

Today on the Church calendar is the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church.  This great saint, who lived on earth from 1225 to 1274, is now alive and well in heaven praying for us. He is also alive and well on earth, in a different sense, so long as we […]

Feeling Devastated by What Pope Francis Says? Try These 3 Helpful Keys.

I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane. The reactions have […]

Catholic Church Fails to Behead A Single Person in 2014

  For the most intolerant and extreme religion in the world, this is a rather embarrassing statistic. It appears that the Catholic Church, widely recognized as the most uncompromising and dogmatic among the world’s major religions, is about to close out the year without executing a single person. As everyone knows, the Catholic Church is […]


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