The Word of John

I can’t let the day pass without writing and posting a brief meditation regarding St. John the Beloved, St. John the Apostle, St. John the Evangelist, St. John the Revelator. Throughout my adult life, doubts have plagued me–doubts about the Church, about certain mysteries regarding the Church, and, especially, the goodness and good intentions of the institutional Church and her hierarchy.... More

51 Catholic (+16 Religious) Institutions Opposing Obama/HHS Mandate

Every single bishop (all 180 who are the head of a diocese) in the United States has publicly condemned the Obama/HHS mandate. Now I’d like to begin compiling a list of Catholic (and religious) institutions who have said publicly they will fight or oppose the mandate. A few ground-rules: I’m only going to include institutions that have issued public statements online or a statement t... More

“Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus”

Did you hear about the recent YouTube sensation where a man named Jefferson Bethke says: “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus”? In the video Bethke asks, “What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?” and “Why does [religion] build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor.” He also wonders why religion can be considered good if it’s started so many wars. Of course, these ... More


Constantinople, not Geneva

This weekend, I had the blessing of attending The Climacus Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  Founded and organized by the intrepid David Wright and held at the beautifully-designed St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, the speaker’s list read like an ecumenical “best of” in Christian thought: including Andrew Kern, president of the Circe Institute; Vigen Guroian, professor of Ethics and Theol... More


How the laity can help the Church communicate

Who will be today’s Fulton Sheen? Who will be that nationally-recognized Catholic bishop who is able to explain the Catholic Church’s teachings to a wide audience? For years I kept wondering this, but maybe I was asking the wrong question. Our bishops are appointed by the Holy Father to lead us, to teach us, and to inspire us. The right person for that role isn’t necessarily perfect... More


Who is Really Destroying Democracy?

Before I sign off the blogsphere for a much-needed Holy Week hiatus from politics, I wanted to briefly reflect on the utter lack of charity and civility in our current political climate. Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB has written a fine blog post on the subject and we would do well to heed her words: We need to address this climate. The intolerance and incivility did not begin with legislation pa... More

Truth AND Charity

I wanted to clarify something that I alluded to in my recent post on the American Life League. I want to draw a distinction between raising legitimate questions about Church organization like CCHD and other questions of Catholic identity and the way these questions are raised. If we have learned anything from the liberal wing of Catholicism we would know that the Church is not a democratic organiz... More

Fidelity to the Bishops

For years, liberal Catholics have been pushing the USCCB and their teachings as the true light for American Catholics. They did this in part because the USCCB was stressing positions that was not favorable to the Republican government in power: torture is evil, the war in Iraq is unjust, immigrants deserve better protection, we need more social policies like health care reform, etc. In doing this,... More


Pius XII Redeemed

This weekend, I was saddened to read an article in the NY Times by David Gibson, which questioned Pope Pius XII (and other deceased Popes) cause for beatification. To begin with I am disappointed in Mr. Gibson, who is a Catholic. If Mr. Gibson can’t see the benefit of canonizing some of our recent Pope’s (should the Vatican determine they are deserving of course) he has a very narrow ... More




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