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A Belief Observed
by Timothy Putnam

Bishop James D. Conley explains the injustice of our Immigration system

That injustice has tragic consequences in the lives of real families, who reflect the image of the Trinity.

A Catholic Thinker
by Tod Worner

“Something Absolutely Modern” – The Insincere Convert from Brideshead Revisited

  He was something absolutely modern. And his insincerity was stunning. Oh, true, he wanted to marry Julia Flyte. She was beautiful, sophisticated and a scion of a wealthy aristocratic English family. And she had a dowry – a huge dowry. It seemed only natural that they should be together, he assured himself. And so Rex [Read More...]

A Contemplative Faith
by Carl McColman

Can Beauty Help Us to Be More Ecumenical?

Five hundred years ago this coming October, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on a church door in the University town of Wittenberg. He was just an academic interested in having a debate, but his unlikely act was the flashpoint in what we now call the Protestant Reformation. For centuries, bitterness, acrimony, mutual suspicion, and [Read More...]

A Little Bit of Nothing
by Henry Karlson

Man, Not Superman

God the Word became man. He did not become super-man; he became man. God took all that is human and made it his own. He became lowly so that we may be raised up on high. He emptied himself so that we could become filled. The one who is by his divine nature invisible, omnipotent, [Read More...]

A Million Unheard Souls
by Lisa Duffy

Divorced, Hopeless And Ready For A Change? Listen To This

Are you ready for a change? People say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting things to change. Does that describe some aspect of your life at the moment? If you’ve been through a divorce, it’s easy to feel stuck, especially at this time of the year. All [Read More...]

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry...
by Cynthia A. Schrage

Jesus Is My Plumber

Disgusting, that’s what it was. This morning, after watching the sink slowly fill up and realizing that the half-bottle of drain cleaner I put in over the weekend hadn’t been very effective, I decided to put on my plumber’s hat and tackle the problem at the source. I removed all the bottles of hair spray [Read More...]The post Jesus Is My Plumber appeared first on After the Ecstasy, the Laundry….

Bad Catholic
by Marc Barnes

Towards a New Argument Against Pornography

Call me morally optimistic, but I think that most people have a basic intuition that pornography is bad. Sure, there are ideologues here and there who really believe that it’s healthy, doesn’t hurt anyone, improves your sex life, empowers women, and all the rest — but these voices have a faint, overly-defensive whine in the [Read More...]

Biblical Evidence for Catholicism
by Dave Armstrong

Cause of the Big Bang: Atheist Geologist Challenged

Image by “geralt” (8-20-14) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] ***** An atheist geologist who goes by the nickname of “ButILikeCaves” (he must be a spelunker) showed up on one of my posts at Patheos: ***** I place my confidence in the centuries of research, billions of man-hours, millions of pages of documentation, and mountains (literally, mountains) [Read More...]

Catholic and Enjoying It!
by Mark Shea

On the Air with Aimee Christine Murphy at 5 PM Eastern…

… Connecting the Dots.  We’ll be discussing her work as an advocate of a consistent life ethic at Rehumanize International. Give us a call at 1-573-4BREAD4.

Catholic Authenticity
by Melinda Selmys

Call No Parent Happy ’til They’re Dead

Every Catholic parent wants to know: how do you raise perfect kids who will remain Catholic forever, never have premarital sex, never do drugs, never suffer from depression, attempt suicide, turn out gay, or grieve their mothers heart in any way? What is the secret? Fortunately, there are tonnes of articles all across the web [Read More...]

Catholic News
by CNA Daily News

Ahead of trip, Pope Francis sends message of joy to Egypt

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2017 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis expressed his joy for his upcoming trip to Cairo in a video message, saying he hopes to bring peace and friendship to all Egyptian citizens.“I am truly happy to come as a friend, as a messenger of peace and as a pilgrim to the Country that gave, more than two thousand years ago, refuge and hospitality to the Holy Family fleeing from the threats of King Herod,” the Pope said an April 25 video message.The video shows Pope Francis expressing his excitement to visit the land “where Patriarchs and Prophets lived,” and wishes to bring strength and comfort to the Christian community.“I hope that this visit will be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East; a message of friendship and esteem to all inhabitants of Egypt and the region.”On April 10, the Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed the Pope's trip to Egypt despite the recent violence from the Islamic State taking place within the country.  Coptic Christians make up the majority of Egypt's Christian community, but suicide bombings, kidnappings, and other violent attacks from the Islamic State have affected both Christians and Muslims.General Minister of the Franciscan Community acknowledged the present dangers and said the Pope is “very informed” of the issues occurring in Egypt.“Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land – needs peace, love and mercy; it needs workers for peace, free and liberating people, courageous people able to learn from the past to build a future without closing themselves up in prejudices,” Pope Francis said.He added, “It needs builders of bridges of peace, dialogue, brotherhood, justice, and humanity.”The Pope hopes he may bring “a message of fraternity and reconciliation to all children of Abraham, particularly in the Islamic world, in which Egypt occupies a primary position.”Pope Francis will begin his trip by giving an address for an international conference of peace at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, an esteemed Muslim institute. He will be speaking with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayyeb, who is considered by some to be head of the Sunni Muslim branch of thought.Afterwards, the Pope will meet with the state officials and Patriarch Tawadros II of Alexandria, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.  Patriarch Tawadros II was nearly injured during one of the two attacks which killed 44 people and injured over 100 more. During Palm Sunday liturgy, one suicide bomber detonated at the entrance of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria.The Pope will then celebrate mass on Saturday, and have a meeting with the Coptic Catholic Bishops over lunch. Pope Francis was invited by the Coptic Catholic Patriarchy during their ad limina visit to the Vatican on Feb. 6.

Christopher Closeup
by Tony Rossi

The 2017 Christopher Award winners for TV, Film, and Books Are…

FAMILY TIES AND OVERCOMING ADVERSITY A COMMON THREAD IN 68TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNERS Creators of films, TV programs and books to be honored on May 16th NEW YORK, March 28, 2017 — The Academy Award-nominated films Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge, along with the pilot episode of NBC’s blockbuster series This is Us, are [Read More...]

by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Farewell, My Beautiful Eliza–A Lenten Lesson

God bless you, you beautiful little fur ball. I'll miss you forever.

Cosmos the in Lost
by Artur Rosman

Holocaust Remembrance Day: The Memory of the Holocaust Continues to Evolve

The great German philosopher is usually only known for the statement, made in Prisms, that the culture which produced Auschwitz lives on in postwar poetry (meant as a synecdoche for all art), which means we cannot write poetry. It’s even more complex than that, but you should read it in full context, rather than only the lines: To write poetry [Read More...]

Daffey Thoughts
by David Griffey

In honor of the March for Science

An observation about Climate Change from the wonderful Two Catholic Men and a Blog.  For a march dedicated to the importance of “Science”, it seemed a lot like a political rally to me. Nonetheless, good faith call.  For those who really were about the science, which means being open and not resting on silly notions like [Read More...]

Eastern Catholic Person
by Justin Tse

Receiving Pulpit and Pen’s apology toward the ‘Eastern Orthodox community’

Christ is risen! Dear Mr Hall, Thank you for writing your apology to ‘the Eastern Orthodox community’ as a follow up to Mr Maples’s criticism and subsequent liturgical stalking of Hank Hanegraaf. Having seen that it was an apology, I clicked on it and read it with interest. Seeing the ads on your site, I [Read More...]

Eating Peaches
by Marina S. Olson

Thoughts of Holy Thursday: Of Remembering and Presence

NB: this is an extremely hastily written reflection. So it is more poetic than normal. So enjoy or else accept my apologies. Tonight is Holy Thursday. Tonight, we step outside of this moment, the linear progression of time. Tonight we do not focus on how our actions pile upon each other moving us throughout life. [Read More...]

Elizabeth Duffy
by Elizabeth Duffy

What You May Have Missed

    Good Letters: Learning Detachment in the Attic Good Letters: A Post About God and sex Good Letters: On leaving one’s thirst unquenched Aleteia: The Mercy of letting one’s yes mean yes, and no mean no Good Letters: What happened to Fun? Image: Jack Baumgartner and the School of the Transfer of Energy

El Puente
by Victor Carmona

En esta solemnidad de María, madre de Dios, ¡manos a la obra!

El primero de enero celebramos la solemnidad de María, Madre de Dios.  El Concilio de Éfeso le atribuyó ese título a María (Theotokos en griego) en el año 431. De esa manera, el concilio subrayó una verdad sencilla y profunda: Jesús es verdadero Dios y verdadero hombre. Jesús es Dios encarnado, pues como todo ser humano [Read More...]

Eve Tushnet
by Eve Tushnet

In Your Eyes I See the Doorways to a Thousand Churches

One of the moments that stood out to me at that Calvin College “Faith & Writing” conference last year was James K.A. Smith’s line that “the discipline and regimen of historic Christian worship… [plies] and stretch[es] your imagination.” I’ve been thinking about the ways gay Christians are damaged by the “liturgies” of our surrounding culture–and [Read More...]

Faith on the Couch
by Greg Popcak

Taking Relationships from Stressed to Supportive

Relationships are meant to be sources of support and love, yet sometimes in the craziness of life, some relationships end up causing more stress or become “one more thing we have to attend to.” This feeling may be a sign that it’s time examine and possibly readjust the way we approach these relationships. Theology of [Read More...]

Fumbling Toward Grace
by Sarah Babbs

In Praise of Transfigured Flesh

This morning I burned my hair on the curling iron. I’ve been using a curling iron my whole life, but today I somehow managed to lose almost an entire lock of hair to the hissing, smoking, smell of death that is human hair burning. I am a disaster, but nothing if not honest. When you [Read More...]

Good Letters

When Art Disrupts Religion: An Interview with Philip Salim Francis

Just released by Oxford University Press, When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the Evangelical Mind has received praise from such leading scholars as David Morgan and Randall Balmer. Image editor Gregory Wolfe recently interviewed the author, Philip Salim Francis. Image: Your book has the provocative title When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the [Read More...]

Il Naufrago
by Aurelio Porfiri

Aurelio Porfiri’s Organ improvisation

A short Organ improvisation by Aurelio Porfiri, recorded in Rome on May 2016.

Jane the Actuary
by Jane B.

The power of LGBT

The other day, in the e-mailed news, my employer boasted of being named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” so, naturally, I followed the link, to the 2017 edition of the Corporate Equality Index, which reports that 517 American companies earned this distinction by meeting all of the Human Rights Campaign’s requirements for [Read More...]

Jappers and Janglers
by Chase Padusniak

Responsio ad Herr Journalist Polemikerque Rod Dreher Louisianae

“Hail Muse! et cetera.” – George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, FRS “Yeah them my dogs, them my boys.” – Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Not FRS It is I, Herr Doktorand Chase William Jarid Michael Padusniak, son of Frank and Robyn, likewise grandson of Frances and Chester, Frank and Stephanie, etc. And I was once a [Read More...]

Kate O'Hare's Pax Culturati
by Kate O'Hare

Media, Church and Hollywood: Life in Our Bubbles

Whether it's because of ideology, geography or circumstances, we all live in bubbles, and that affects how we create and consume news.

Kyle Cupp
by Kyle Cupp

What Abandonment Taught Me

Instead of teaching me to trust and believe in the commitment of others, my dad taught me to fear that the people I love don’t really love me in return. Ever since, I’ve found it very difficult to get close to people, even though I desire close friends more than almost anything. I’m torn between the impulse to make lifelong friends and the impulse to push everyone away.

Labyrinthine Mind
by Father Pablo

Lázaro, ven fuera! Pensamientos de la resurrección

En su camino a Jerusalén para celebrar la Pascua por última vez antes de su muerte, Jesús se detuvo en el pequeño pueblo de Betania a unos tres kilómetros al este de Jerusalén para visitar a su buen amigo Lázaro y sus hermanas Marta y María. Jesús encontró a su amigo Lázaro muerto. Lloró desconsolado, [Read More...]

Letters From the Edge of Elfland
by David Russell Mosley

Reviewing the Benedict Option Part III: The Benedict Option Vs. the Patrick and the Dominic Options

David Russell Mosley   Eastertide 25 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Please accept my sincerest apologies for not having written again on this subject sooner. Too many new responsibilities with my new job, plus all the old responsibilities for my other two jobs, pushed blogging and then Dreher’s Benedict [Read More...]

Life Transparent
by Mallory Severson

Revisiting Challenges

I posted on Facebook page last month the news that one of my daughter’s doctors was no longer in practice. We not only lost a beloved doctor, but it also presented a logistical nightmare for our family to maneuver. We live two and half hours away from a children’s hospital. Many families can live in [Read More...]

Mackerel Snapper
by Matthew Tyson

To Advance Justice, Catholics Should Make More Allies

In a recent article from The Atlantic, Italian journalist Anna Momigliano writes about an interesting alliance between two unlikely allies in Europe: Conservative, Pro-Life Catholics and Left-Wing, Pro-Choice Feminists. The cause that has united the two? Surrogacy. Unlike in America, where the practice is legal and not nearly scrutinized to the same degree as other [Read More...]

Morning Rose Prayer Gardens
by Margaret Rose Realy

Joy in Dying, Looking Beyond the Light of Day

A friend with cancer shares with Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, that, though not happy, there can be joy in dying.

Peace and Pekoe
by Kate Cousino

At The Personalist Project: Broken for Us

Christ died. He suffered that sundering of body and soul that awaits us all, so that we could live beyond it and know a bodily resurrection. But his Passion began before his crucifixion, and I’ve begun to wonder whether his Passion might not have begun even earlier, with his Incarnation, with the small violations of [Read More...]

Perchance Perpetuity
by Yvonne Meadows

Compassion for Prisoners During the Lenten Season

Everyday Reminder of the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy I do not keep many personal items at my desk in my office. I prefer not to make it too cozy for a couple of reasons. The first is I move locations quite a bit and the second is I like the divide between my [Read More...]

Pia de Solenni
by Pia de Solenni

Moving Forward: Muslims And Jews Show Solidarity With Catholics in France And Italy.

Time has an article about Muslims and Jews in France and Italy who attended Mass this past weekend to show interfaith solidarity with Catholics/Christians. I find this to be a beautiful gesture of solidarity. Unfortunately, I heard that some (one?) churches are allowing parts of the Koran to be read from the pulpit. That only [Read More...]

Proper Nomenclature
by Keith Michael Estrada

Pope Francis gave a Laudato si’ Ted Talk – watch and listen!

Pope Francis: Overcome our techno-economic systems with solidarity! He said, “Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the ‘culture of waste,’ which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are [Read More...]

Public Catholic
by Representative Rebecca Hamilton

Benign … Rewind

I got a call from my doctor yesterday, and the “suspicious mass” wasn’t so benign as they originally thought. The jury is still out on what I’m really dealing with, but I wanted to let you know that the all-clear was a bit premature. I need to have yet another surgery, which I’ve put off a [Read More...]

Sam Rocha
by Sam Rocha

Some Daiquiri Music: “A Todo VAR”

  I am giving a talk and showing some photography on Wednesday (see the poster above) at UBC and, inspired a bit by Alphonso Lingis, I decided to record a soundtrack for it. You can hear it by clicking the image. Here it is: “A Todo VAR.” I played drums, bass, and guitars, and all [Read More...]

Sick Pilgrim
by Jonathan Ryan and Jessica

Dark Devotional: Pardoning Thomas

I was hospitalized twice for a total of 28 days in a period of 38 days for bipolar depression. When I reveal this, Christians tend to give me one of two responses: “Oh, that’s great!” What the hell? Oh, yeah, I forgot; how good of God to direct me to a safe place in his care. How [Read More...]

Sister Rose at the Movies
by Sister Rose

“Einstein” headlines new GENIUS series on NatGeo tonight

  “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” The National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series “Genius,” on the life of Albert Einstein (1879 -1955) premieres this evening, April 25. Season one of “Genius” is a ten-part series filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, where Einstein lived and taught in the early days of [Read More...]

Standing on my Head
by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

How to Be a Catholic Tree Hugger

The Holy Father Pope Francis exhorted us all to be better stewards of the earth’s resources, and that is not only good Catholicism. Its good common sense. However, has anybody else noticed how Catholics who are keen on Earth Day seem to be taking their cues not from our Catholic tradition–which has a pretty good [Read More...]

Steel Magnificat
by Mary and Michael Pezzulo

Commodore Trump and the Evil Canadian Cattle Rustlers

I don’t often read the president’s twitter feed. If I want to read other people’s stream of consciousness, I’ll read Proust, and frankly I usually don’t usually want to read other people’s stream of consciousness in the first place. I can barely manage my own. Still, I tend to see tweets by the president circulating around, [Read More...]

Sticking the Corners
by Jennifer Fitz

When Warfare Doesn’t Work

The excellent guest post at Simcha Fisher’s blog about the experience of being a Catholic woman in an abusive marriage provoked a heated discussion among several of my online friends.  What is the good solution to this problem? Sometimes there is not a good solution. I’m as prone to, “If we just did ___” thinking [Read More...]

Suspended in Her Jar
by Rebecca Bratten Weiss

when Christian women tell you what we hear

"A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" is taken as an unbearable affront, but I'm supposed to read all the nasty or denigrating things that significant male thinkers - even saints - have said about me, over the ages, and just shrug it off?

The Catholic Book Blogger
by Pete Socks

Virginity is heaven on earth; Angels: Day 276

Consecrated virginity, says St. Gregory of Nyssa, is something like Heaven on Earth. Christ promised that we would live as the angels live in Heaven; but whoever gives up marriage for Christ’s sake is already, in a way, living the life of the angels. In fact, the life of virginity seems to be an actual representation [Read More...]

The Cordial Catholic
by K. Albert Little

I Am But Dust and Ashes

I tore a whole in my brand new coat. My brand new coat. We are by no means poor but we are thrifty and conservative with our spending so a new coat, which I haven’t had in years, was a source of some excitement for me. I loved the feeling—the thrill—of something new to wear; I [Read More...]

The Divine Wedgie
by Matthew Tan

Podcast: “A Theology of Pop Culture” with PEACEcast

  PEACEcast, a podcast spinoff of PEACEtalks (which is in turn a seminar series hosted by St George Anglican Church in Sydney), kindly invited me to be the latest installment of its podcast series. Their podcast, “A Theology of Pop Culture“, featured your humble servant together with Dr. Joel Harrison, Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Macquarie University. [Read More...]

The Dorothy Option
by Solidarity Hall

My Most Grievous Fault: The moral problem of wealth

“How can I make you realize the misery of the poor? How can I make you understand that your wealth comes from their weeping?” – St. Basil the Great. “Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our [Read More...]

The Font
by Elizabeth Scalia

If Pope Francis “Failed,” What Does That Say about Benedict?

It is frequently observed that citizens use cognitive heuristics, or short-cuts, to make sense of the world. One unfortunate manifestation of this is our tendency to credit or blame the President for almost everything. The same can be true of our attitudes toward the Pope. A recent example is Matthew Schmitz’s suggestion in a New [Read More...]

The Inner Room
by Various Authors

Uselessness: Where Suffering and Beauty Meet

I’ve never been good at beauty. Yes, of course I can in some sense understand beauty – for instance could tell you the parts of a piece of literature that make it beautiful. But I usually don’t permit beauty to draw me out of myself – maybe because I’ve been pushed and pulled and pinned and [Read More...]

The Orant
by Billy Kangas

Living life in an Easter Key

The Christian life can be summarized as the living out of the pascal mystery in every part of our lives. It is making the celebration of Easter a lived reality in each day we are given. What this means is that by the Grace of the Father, in Christ and through the Holy Spirit, we [Read More...]

The Rule and the Raven
by Anne Carpenter

Benedict and His Raven

“At dinner time,” Gregory the Great writes of Saint Benedict, “a raven daily used to come to him from the next wood, which took bread at his hands.” One day, the saint’s friend the raven stopped by as usual, only this time, the raven swooped in to save his life. The raven knew that the bread on [Read More...]

The Skeptical Catholic
by Matthew Miller

A plea for a measure of incoherence

   “Paradox” by Brett Jordan is licensed under CC by 2.0   Whenever a new and controversial papal or conciliar document appears on the scene (Ahem…Amoris Laetitia) there will always be, as smoke follows fire, people claiming that what the document teaches is in contradiction to previous teaching.  The story of nearly every schism follows this [Read More...]

Through Broken Roses
by Leticia Ochoa Adams

The Tomb of Grief

Last week I wrote about what happened the day that my son Anthony died by committing suicide, it had been five very fast but extremely heavy weeks. Today it’s six weeks and a day after the one year anniversary of my uncle’s death. To sum up how this last year has been let me tell [Read More...]

Time and the Mystery
by Michael Mangione

Conversations With Peter Mulvey: The Empathetic Artist

When I began playing shows at Marquette University, few Milwaukee artists were making things happen on a national level. Peter Mulvey, who is ten years older, had the label, the records, the tour dates and artist collaborations to inspire any budding musician. Over the last ten years, Peter and my paths have crossed multiple times, [Read More...]

Time Off Purgatory
by Steve the Missionary

Happy Meatster from Steve the Missionary!

The first Friday after Lent is over=MEAT-ster! Special days dedicated to the consuming of grilled meats are great days to re-consider why we give up meat in the first place. Here is a four and a half minute video of me eating an In-N-Out Burger. Click here to watch on YouTube. Twitter: @SteveMissionaryThe post Happy Meatster from Steve the Missionary! appeared first on Time Off Purgatory with Steve the Missionary.

To Give a Defense
by Scott Eric Alt

Trump Contracepts Promise to Little Sisters of the Poor

If Mr. Trump wanted—as he said he did, pinky swear—he could exempt the Little Sisters of the Poor from the contraception mandate with an executive order. He has issued twenty-five of them, so he knows what they are. The mandate is not part of the language of the ACA, so the fact that Congress did [Read More...]

Unequally Yoked
by Leah Libresco

How do you throw a fasting and silence party?

The New Yorker has written a profile of Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, and my husband and I were interviewed as part of the article. (It was very funny overhearing the New Yorker fact checker asking Alexi to confirm he was wearing a bow-tie when we met with the author, and that the mac-and-cheese we ate could [Read More...]

Why I Am Catholic
by Frank Weathers

Belated Happy Birthday To Blaise Pascal, Unofficial Saint and Mystic

Over at Aleteia, they’re remembering the birthday of a friend of mine. He’s one of the fellows who helped bring me into the Church. My buddy Blaise Pascal is a lot like me. That is, excepting the obvious fact that he was a mathematical genius, inventor of a calculator, etc., and though I enjoy mathematics, [Read More...]

Vox Nova
by David Cruz-Uribe (and contributors)

Take Heart, It’s Worse Than You Think

Following last November’s election, I wrote a piece at Christian Democracy in which I tried to step back and look at the U.S. political situation in a global context. An excerpt: To try to retrace the steps of these phenomena, in admittedly broad strokes: a noticeable number of opportunistic individuals are being propelled to power by sociopolitical groundswells [Read More...]