Category Archives: Theology

Sometimes, You Find a Scapular …

One day, while walking through a wet grocery store parking lot in Los Angeles, I spied a couple of green fabric squares on the ground that had pictures on them. Reaching down and picking them up, I realized the squares were joined by a green double thread. One square had an embroidered picture of Our [...]

Vatican II: A Great Gift to the Church

  I’m not a Vatican II scholar (I know, you’re shocked) but I’ve always had the notion that the Second Vatican Council was, all in all, a good thing. And I still do, but I don’t articulate why it was a good thing nearly as well as some other people do. I missed this article by George [...]

MASS CONFUSION: WHEN YOU GET NO KICK FROM CATHOLICISM

In listening to many convert stories on my way back to the Church, and even since, I’ve heard people recount miraculous or near-miraculous incidents, moments of overwhelming joy in which they viscerally felt the presence of God (especially when receiving the Eucharist), events that seemed obviously to them to be the work of answered prayers, [...]

The Media Will Never Report What Pope Francis Just Said

  In a startling coincidence, every progressive Catholic media outlet and every mainstream Vatican correspondent was out sick today. All of them.  Down with the flu.  On the same day. How else to explain the complete and utter absence of any reporting by these sources on what Pope Francis said today during his general audience? [...]

Purell® After the Sign of Peace: How to Avoid Mass Infection

Cold and flu season has been upon us for a while now, and with brutal winter temperatures repeatedly slamming the Eastern half of the country, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But let’s face it, the possibility of catching something at Mass is a year-round affair – and there are reasons for that. Most Catholic [...]

Pope to Catholic Academia: Be Both

There are three possible approaches to Catholic higher education. One is to retreat from the world, and be “just Catholic.” Another is to retreat from the Church and be “just a university.” The third is the hardest:  to fully engage the world with the fullness of the faith. Pope Francis spoke to visitors from Notre [...]

Music at Mass: Finding the Harmony of God and Man in Chant

Way back when, before political correctness seized control of schools, I had a high-school choir director who was red-haired, strong-minded and a dedicated atheist. This did not deter her from preparing a Christmas-concert (yes, we called it that back then – the horror, the horror!) program that included several stately sacred-music pieces, all in Latin. [...]

A Shockin’ Holy Saint?

In his classic book of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis warns against the position–common today among spiritual-but-not-religious types–that Jesus was a fine ethicist (“Love your neighbor”) but that his relevance for the modern world pretty much ends there. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about [...]

Eight Ways to Give As God Gave This Christmas

We give because God gave. That’s how Christmas works … right? God gave us his Son, so every December, we imitate him by giving iPads, sweaters and fruit baskets. Our rushing from store to store and perusing the hottest retail deals online, spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the process, is all our [...]

Feckless Men, Faithful Fathers, and the Masculine Genius

“The Church needs a better theology of women.” So spoke Pope Francis last August on his way back from Rio. The media, of course, agreed. But me? My first thought upon hearing the remark was, “Um, the Church already has a darned good theology of women.” My second thought, however, was, “What the Church really [...]


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