Category Archives: Theology

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 […]

The Bishop, Job and the Problem of Whining

At his regular blog at the Madison Catholic Herald, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Diocese of Madison (Wisconsin) posted a Lenten observation relating to the Book of Job, a literary masterpiece from the Old Testament that deals with the suffering of the innocent. The summary at the Website of the United States Conference of […]



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