Category Archives: Theology

Poor, Pure St. Maria Goretti

Every July 6, Catholics everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Maria Goretti, who at age 12 valiantly resisted attempted rape, was stabbed, and died from her injuries. But did you know that St. Maria Goretti’s canonization for defending her virginal purity apparently is being portrayed as an affront to rape victims? This is the armchair […]

One Thing All Catholics Should Remember

Recently, I re-stumbled upon a peculiar YouTube video, depicting the beginning of the funeral of Otto von Habsburg, the former head of the famous House of Habsburg. He lived through both World Wars and vigorously opposed Nazism and Communism. His list of accomplishments is long, and as a devoted (and perhaps overzealous) Catholic, he grabbed […]

Is ‘Owning Our Faith’ Disowning Our Faith?

The poetically provocative title to this post refers to “Owning Our Faith,” a group that started earlier this year with the mission of “sharing life stories of LGBT persons in the Catholic Church,” according to its Facebook page. The group’s web site features a main video, plus accompanying in-depth videos, of the subjects of these […]

Keeping Track of Truths: Why Catechism Doesn’t Equal ‘Magisterium’

Mistaking Catechism for Magisterium Have you read Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si”? As a product of the papal magisterium, are we Catholics obligated out of obedience to agree with every opinion, assertion, or conclusion contained in the encyclical? I think most Catholics know that, regarding non-doctrinal content, the answer is clearly no. In the wake […]

Being Frank: A Postmodern Pope for an Angsty Age

Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. (Lk. 17: 33) Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical, Laudato Si, stands as a postmodern call to action, a challenge to prevailing opinions. Binaries are broken and easy solutions tossed away, and while the document references political ideas, it is not […]

True Freedom

Our political freedom is very important, and we should do everything we can to preserve it.  But as Catholics we know that it is not the highest kind of freedom. This truth was brought back to my mind by a passage in Sigrid Undset’s charming little book, Happy Times in Norway.  Undset was a convert […]

Ten Reasons Why I’m Not a ‘Straight’ Catholic (Part Two)

  To read “Ten Reasons Why I’m Not a ‘Straight’ Catholic (Part One), click here.    6. Even before I was married, I wasn’t “straight.” In Part One, I mentioned that being a man is at the core of my being human—being “straight” is not. Indeed, as my friend Austin Ruse wrote last year in […]



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