Category Archives: New Evangelization

Remembering the Dignity of Work on Labor Day

  America pauses this week—as we do every year on this first Monday in September—to rest from and to recall the dignity of work.  The Church’s reflection on the nature and importance of work is extensive, especially in the twentieth-century.  While it’s an over-simplification to say that Her first formal treatment of work was Leo […]

Poll Reveals Catholic Base is Strong in U.S.

Public Religion Research Institute just released a survey of Catholics. The survey covers devout Catholics, ‘Christmas-and-Easter’ Catholics and (for reasons I don’t quite get) former Catholics. It attempts to quantify the effect that the so-called “Francis Effect” has on the Church’s own. How does the much-vaunted power of Pope Francis’ open-hearted approach to the papacy […]

Mumford & Sons Sing of Emmanuel in our Timshel

  If you are a Mumford and Sons fan, then you are probably familiar with the word “Timshel,” which is the title of the briefest song on their debut album: “Sigh No More.” If you are a Biblical scholar, or a student of the Hebrew language, then you would probably recognize timshel from the Hebrew […]

Esquire Writer Finds a World Hungry for a Priest

What difference does it make if a priest goes out in public wearing the outfit that proclaims his vocation? As it turns out, quite a lot, especially if you opt for the full Monty. In a recent Esquire article, a writer experimented with walking around Chicago in the uniforms of various professions, including the full-length […]

Jim Gaffigan’s ‘Shiite Catholic’ Wife and the New Evangelization

In interviews, Jeannie Gaffigan says she and her husband Jim are not trying to evangelize. But in a postmodern secularist world, maybe evangelization has to be indirect. “The Jim Gaffigan Show” starring the comedian and produced by his wife, is about the life of a comedian living in New York with his “Shiite Catholic” wife […]

Catholics, Called Beyond Apathy

Having lived in Germany for most of the summer, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to some German music, specifically German indie rock and rap. In the former category, the band Fotos has been a constant companion. Their milieu is more-or-less what one would expect of a 2010s indie rock group with songs about love, […]

Whither Mundelein? Bishop-Elect Robert Barron on the Seminary’s Future

  On Sept. 8, Robert Barron will be ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. That’s great news for L.A., since it’s likely that the founder of the Word on Fire media apostolate — and host of its popular 10-part miniseries “Catholicism” — will soon be interfacing with the entertainment industry. […]

Bishop-Elect Robert Barron Addresses His New L.A. Life (Video)

This morning, Tuesday, July 21, Archbishop Jose Gomez (second from left) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles held a press conference at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to introduce his three newly named auxiliary bishops — (from left to right) Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan, Father Robert Barron, and Msgr. David O’Connell — […]

Pope Francis Appoints Father Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop for Los Angeles

It’s a big day in Hollywood, as one of the Church’s top media personalities comes to the media hub of the world. From my Pax Culturati blog at Patheos: It’s such an obviously awesome and appropriate move that one can hardly believe that the Vatican actually did it. Father Robert Barron, founder of the Word […]

The Catholic Church in Crisis

The recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, has sparked widespread debate on social media, blogs, television, and many other mediums and in turn has highlighted how Catholics have become complacent in charity. For the Catholic who follows Church teaching and thus does not support same sex marriage, this means hearing or reading a multitude […]



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