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The Cordial Catholic

Is the Church Just an Invisible Collection of Believers?

As an Evangelical Christian I understood the “Body of Christ” or “the Church” (capital C) to be an invisible collection of believers. The idea was beautiful, really, because it meant that somehow all Christians across the whole world no matter how important or obscure were connected by Christ into one universal Church.  [Read More...]

Sick Pilgrim

Why Are We So Afraid of Mercy and Our Own Heretical Little Hearts?

As I sort through the events of the past few months, I’ve tried to figure out what bothers me the most about the Trump presidency and what it’s revealed about Catholics and Christians in America. Every time I think I’ve pinpointed the problem, it vanishes into the air. Sure, I’m bothered by the misogyny, the [Read More...]

Steel Magnificat

Lent Without Bread

Some nights I make meatloaf, and serve it with mashed potatoes. Last night I was too exhausted to stand up long enough to make meat loaf. I threw all the meat loaf ingredients, minus bread crumbs, into a skillet, browned them together with some frozen stir fry vegetables, named it “deconstructed meat loaf” and ate [Read More...]

Peace and Pekoe

Why I don’t have an opinion on the Dubia

A friend called me recently and challenged me to defend Pope Francis in light of theological controversy over some of his writings on marriage and pastoral options in complicated situations. I demurred–mildly at first, and then with what was probably surprising vehemence. To be fair to my friend, much of our friendship was built over [Read More...]

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