You Are Not the Millionth Visitor!

Nor will you ever be. Why? Because since I moved to Patheos, BadCatholic has passed the million views mark! No prizes for any one! Woohoo!

Well, sorta. You could be the millionth unique visitor. Fine. You can have a prize, which may or not be a prize for me.

Post requests! List what you want me to write about below. I’ll take all your excellent suggestions and try my best to write about them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ethanfrantz Kenneth Ethan Frantz

    Mark Driscoll

  • Scott

    As a Protestant I’d be interested in your take on Sola Scriptura.

    • InvictusLux

      This could be a short story as this topic usually dies in the first sentence’s natural rhetorical rebuttal: “Show me the chapter and verse in the bible where it mentions that the bible is the sole source of teaching” (it’s not to be found); and then pointing out just a few of the many bible verses that contradict it. There’s just no way for Protestants to stay in “scripture alone” and make the case for it as it’s an entirely new and self-contradicting teaching invented & popularized n the 16th century by Martin Luther and other “reformers”.

      To Wit:

      1 Cor. 11:2 – Paul commends the faithful to obey apostolic tradition, and not Scripture alone.

      2 Thess 3:6 – Paul again instructs us to obey apostolic tradition. There is no instruction in the Scriptures about obeying the Bible alone (the word “Bible” is not even in the Bible).

      2 Peter 3:16 – Peter tells us that the Scriptures are difficult to understand and can be distorted by the ignorant to their destruction. God did not guarantee the Holy Spirit would lead each of us personally to infallibly interpret the Scriptures. But this is what Protestants must argue in order to support their doctrine of sola Scriptura. History and countless divisions and fracturing withing Protestantism (tens of thousands of bible-only churches world wide with conflicting teachings) disprove it.

      Acts 15:1-14 – Peter as first pope resolves the Church’s first doctrinal issue regarding circumcision without referring to Scriptures. Thus “by the bible alone” Catholics can point to a concept of apostolic teaching authority and a binding and loosing priestly authority. Peter here stands on his personal apostolic “loosing & binding” authority (and teaching commission Matt 28:16-20) given by Christ and subsequently passed on to his hand chosen successors only by physical laying on of hands with apostolic blessings (ref. John 20;21-23 ; Acts 1:20). Catholic bishops are all ordained in the same way – an apostolic chain of “laying on of hands” traceable to an original apostle 2,000 years ago.

      And many more like this.

      Most people won’t even consider the fact that all of the apostles originally thought Christ was returning in their own life times and had no idea that their later writings would become centuries later what The Catholic Church would later collectively call “scripture”. All teaching was initially done by word of mouth and personal exhortation and personal example. Even Paul preferred to speak in person and only sent follow- up letters/epistles (which became canonized scripture centuries later).

    • CP
  • fish

    Lets see a post on this “religion kills” “its not a religion it a relationship” thing that’s been going around

  • Racecarartstudio

    Write about how feminism sucks! (please, that is)

    • musiciangirl591

      i have a book on my kindle that is called feminists say the darndest things… by mike adams, its hilarious i would suggest you check it out! :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y7KPPA7BYDQKL22UD65EGKLGHQ Elizabeth

      Or how about how the Church is the source of REAL feminism…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-A-Carlson/100001401488797 David A. Carlson

      Femenism doesnt suck, femenists suck. My friend, a Catholic (I am protestant, by her definition anyway, I just call myself Christian), is a different kind of femenist. One who believes a woman should be strong, gentle and beautiful (spiritually and mentally, not talking about physical/superficial beauty), not a man with boobs. She is strong and independant, but still enjoys when I open doors for her. She doesnt dress wild, she dresses very conservatively, as she believes all true women should. I think she is what a femenist should be, and not these modern femenists who believe they can only be equal to a man when they try to become like them or try to take their place.

      • http://timothy.green.name/ Timothy (TRiG)

        She doesnt dress wild, she dresses very conservatively, as she believes all true women should.

        Anyone who says that all women should behave the same way is not a feminist. I’d go so far as to argue that anyone who unironically uses the phrase true women could not be a feminist. Or indeed have the first understanding of feminism.

        TRiG.

  • DWCW

    Are you still interested in hearing our NFP/rejection of contraception stories?

  • Ben

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I don’t think they can be the millionth unique visitor if they’re reading this… Just saying

    • InvictusLux

      Infallible logic. Marc could safely give out “Unique Visitor Passes” that give claim to a prize of 1 million dollars if they use that pass-code to see if they are the millionth visitor. But the pass-code would be evidence that they had been here before and make them ineligible to win. It’s a case of the old “you can’t get to there from here”…. :D

    • Tally Marx

      I really don’t see how you could be right.
      This could be the first post they ever read.

  • Guest

    Write about people who stereotype devout Catholics (who show no sign of prudishness, no mantillas, long skirts, or signs of homeschoolerness) as prudes and how it makes no sense to say that.

    • Guest

      What’s wrong with mantillas, long skirts, or signs of homeschoolerness?

      • Lily

        I like all 3 in moderation, myself, but any Catholic portrayed in fiction will either be portrayed wearing a mantilla while reciting the rosary and doing very little else or be shown as a complete degenerate. There is never really anything inbetween :s

      • James_Locke

        You made me smile. My best friends were “Long Skirts” and were mostly home-schooled.

    • http://thecatholicsciencegeek.blogspot.com/ The Catholic Science Geek

      Hey, mantillas are cool!

    • Tally Marx

      What is “homeschoolerness”?

  • Proud Catholic

    The arguments against antinatalism are obvious, but I’d love to see you lay it out plainly for your readers in your fun, witty, and intelligent way. Then we can send your blog post out to all of the antinatalists out there who still find it necessary to remain in existence although they argue against existence itself!!!

  • Fisherman

    Write about Blessed Leo Zaisho!

  • Jay E.

    Write on spiritual warfare and the Church Militant.

    • John S

      Yes and how the world needs prayer warriors! Write about Divine Mercy.

  • http://www.recoveredcatholic.com/ The Recovered Catholic

    I like these stat counters! Very interesting. Congrats on the millionth view!

  • Fisherman

    Also write about how Legend of Korra relates to our own society. How the Equalists say Bending is dying/needs to be irradicated, and how benders only oppress none-benders, et cetera. Basically an entire post on theology/spirituality within the Avatar verse would be awesome.

    • mayhaps

      Or how Amon says bending *coughreligioncough* is evil because it was responsible for all wars ever?

    • James_Locke

      You know, I was thinking about this a little yesterday. I think that it is highly interesting that the benders have always been functionally atheistic. The Avatar is the sole exception since they seem to worship (or at least contemplate) the universe as a whole. It was a rather Hindu philosophy.

      • Fisherman

        The show is infused with spiritual belief. The Spirit World is talked about in the throughout the entire show. Sure, it’s not spirituality as we usually recognize it -in our Sunday-worship culture- but its still there. Mike and Bryan do take some artistic liberty with many Hindu beliefs and Buddhist philosophy, but the people of the Avatar-verse are a spiritual people, even if they express it differently from person, and there seems to be no formal religion. The fact that an Avatar exists, shows that this is a theistic universe.

    • Jerricka Hill

      Or how Nickelodeon has stopped pretending that they are making a kids shows. Not that any of the very mature adults who read this blog would admit they watch a kids cartoon, or how disappointed they are that the first season of Korra is almost over…

  • saucemama

    I’d love to hear from you about the concept of redemption by
    faith vs. faith + works vs. works

  • lolz

    write about faith’s role in politics. should a truly catholic politician go after a bill banning contraception? it is based on natural law reasoning and not on divine revelation, so you could say it should be followed by noncatholics and catholics alike

  • Daynemcguane

    why witholding treatment is thought to be so much better than administering treatment which will end life

  • mayhaps

    A post about Angels, fallen and unfallen :D

    • JwilliamT

      And where we got the specifics of our tradition on them

  • Guest

    A commentary on “For Greater Glory.”

    • Bud_H

      Expand that further to the whole persecution in Mexico in the early twentieth century versus what parallels the beginning of it in the USA today. cf. Philip Madrid’s CD “Viva Cristo Rey” CD from Men of Christ CD of the month.

      Viva Cristo Rey

  • Paul

    As a Traditional Catholic, I’d love to see a post here on the Tridentine Mass (maybe…please?).

    • James_Locke

      LOL he goes to Franciscan. I am guessing he has never been to a Latin Mass. Then again, maybe he has. But I personally have a hard time seeing anyone who is disposed better towards Latin masses would stay at a place like Stubenville where the Mass culture is anything but Latin.

      • Nic

        If I am not mistaken- Franciscan has the extraordinary firm every Sunday

        • Nic

          ^form

        • James_Locke

          You and I are half correct. From their website.

          Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite
          Mass according to the Missal of Blessed John XXIII (the Extraordinary Form) is offered every weekend classes are in session. Most weekends a Low Mass is offered on Saturday; once a month a Missa Cantata is offered on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

          I was speaking of Sunday Mass, so they have it once a month. I stand semi corrected.

        • Housekeys

          It’s actually once a month.

      • Escalonn

        Don’t be so dismissive of the place – this whole earth is a place of exile, a lion’s den for us, but the Lord has placed us here. Is there no virtue in remaining on the battlefield?

        • James_Locke

          Forgive me if my comment sounded dismissive. I hold not ill will to the place. I just was commenting that the sense that I get from my friends who have gone there that the Mass culture is totally different than that of say, Wyoming CC.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/AFT5NF4V5OAYCK6RKEHQDRJ56Y Rose

            Perhaps, but at least they don’t lock their students up from the world like WYCC. FUS students graduate much more adept at witnessing to the world at large compared to someone who was not even allowed to have an email address for four years of college. Personally, I believe FUS babies their students too much already but at least it’s not totally nanny-state-college.

            (While I never attended either school fulltime I grew up in Steubenville and have a cousin who is attending WYCC)

      • Samuel

        My sister goes there and her boyfriend is a traditionalist dude. One of his roommates is like super traddy.

        • James_Locke

          see below? I already said, I stand corrected.

      • Annagrace Buckley

        I go to Franciscan with Marc and we’ve gone to the Latin Mass together before. He loves the Latin rite. Why did you assume Franciscan wouldn’t have Laton masses?

        • James_Locke

          See my other comments, I already said, I stand corrected. After seeing a Stubenville conference, I assumed (incorrectly) that the University culture was the same.

    • Jta776

      AGREED! I love the Tridentine Mass!! Explain a bit on why the priest faces the crucifix and not the parishioners. I actually really LOVE that but I know many of my friends do not understand. Should everyone understand it? Should we go back to Tridentine Mass?

  • Christine

    Wait! You forgot about the “The Pope’s Really The AntiChrist” theme….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AFT5NF4V5OAYCK6RKEHQDRJ56Y Rose

      And the Catholic Church being the “Whore of Babylon”

  • FLY

    Talk about that comic on the oatmeal that parallels belief in atheism to belief in math.
    Or about exorcisms in the church and facts and misconceptions.
    Both good.

  • http://thecatholicsciencegeek.blogspot.com/ The Catholic Science Geek

    THE ROSARY!!!!

  • musiciangirl591

    the arguments for the existence of God (cosmological, telelogical, etc.), i’ve only been reading this blog for a couple of months so idk if you wrote about that yet, i learned a little about it when i was in high school and i’m interested in knowing more… :P

  • Paul Fahey

    Going off of this blog and the comments made by “Emily,” I would enjoy a discussion on sex-change operations. If one’s soul is male or female, masculine or feminine, then is it or is it not reasonable for one to change their physical appearance to match what they truly believe to be the sexual nature of their soul? Thank you, please keep writing.

    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jennifer-fulwiler/transsexuals-extreme-plastic-surgery-and-what-we-can-learn-from-both

    • Escalonn

      Yes, including the confusion from the existence of medically intersexed people.

      Or, perhaps more generally, *what is* male and *what is* female, written for the millions who profess to really not recognize a difference.

    • http://quantumcathedral.blogspot.com/ Misfitmentor

      You can’t change all those xx’s to xy’s. PERIOD.
      Just sayin’.

  • Skerj

    I think there could be something on the whole “scandal” at the Vatican recently. Worthy of attention.

    I also heard something about “it’s not a religion, but a relationship.” Yes, please! This drives me nuts.

  • http://thepulp.it/ Tito Edwards

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheEpigone Mike Strauss

    You should write about how everyone who reads your blog should read the next best Catholic blog, orthodoxcatholicism.com. That’d seriously be a great post. kthxbai.

    • Francis

      shameless self-promotion BOOOO

      • http://orthodoxcatholicism.com/ Chris

        Hey Francis, Y U NO like Catholics sharing stuff?

        • http://twitter.com/byzcathwife priest’s wife

          or they could read a blog that is definitely NOT the next best Catholic blog- it’s just ok ;) remnantofremnant.blogspot.com

  • Aninjafox

    How about a Marian post? Lately I’ve been a little disconcerted by the “Mary is the quickest way to Jesus,” or “only through Mary” are some graces given. I’m a little uncomfortable with that, could you clear that up?

    • Isecondthat

      I think this would be a good one.

      I can give a quick attempt to clear up “Mary is the quickest way to Jesus”. I’m sure Mark can do better. This comes from Biblical times when kings would often sleep around, so there was no single queen (think David). Therefore, there was the idea of a Queen Mother, who was the mother of the king. The Queen Mother often filled the role of intercession for the king’s people. Today, Mary fills that role for us. You can see evidence of this in the bible because any male that is to become a king is often named along with his mother.

    • bearing

      That would definitely be a good topic for Marc.

      Can I suggest an online resource that helped me when I was discerning whether to make the Monfort consecration and was also troubled with some of this stuff? It’s Mary in Our Life by Rev. William Most. It’s laid out very logically and straightforward, and isn’t all gooshy and “inspirational” (which I know helps some people, but not me). Here is the clickable table of contents with links to full chapters online .

  • Sara

    Write about how Catholic guys can man-up and ask nice Catholic girls out so we can all make the next generation of Catholic kids. Seriously, a lot of Catholic guys really suck at asking girls out (i.e. they don’t do it)

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.ohl Patrick Ohl

      We get nervous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheEpigone Mike Strauss

        Hence, Sara’s request for an article about being manly and facing our fears, right?

      • Jta776

        asking girls out comes with the risk of rejection just part of becoming a manly man :P they probably weren’t “the one” for you so be happy!

    • InvictusLux

      … and perhaps a female guest author to explain where the nice Catholic girls hide out at and why the ones that can be found are quite often seen in the company of the non-conformist/bad-boy sort of non-Catholics (who invariably try to talk them out of their faith)? :D

      • Kelsey

        Actually, that’s pretty spot on. Tag me in!

      • musiciangirl591

        we can be found in the chapel ;)

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/TUE5LGWMSQK4HKMWGW2RQTF67U john dean

          Do you confess here often?

          • musiciangirl591

            what?

          • JpB

            Catholic pick up line. Right up there with, “Your eyes are as blue as the Virgin Mary’s cloak.”

          • musiciangirl591

            i’ve noticed you’ve been sitting here alone at daily mass, can we share a pew together :P

          • Alex

            This song will answer all your questions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jhxYO7wr4A haha. Props to David Casper!

          • musiciangirl591

            thats where i got the daily mass thing ;P

        • KelseyMarie

          And in FOCUS :)

      • Casey N

        Actually, nice Catholic girls are everywhere if you know where to look. Some of us just need to be converted first. ;)

        It took my boyfriend nearly a year to convince me to go to Mass, but once the major obstacles of conversion were over, I’m actually on my way to becoming a devout Papist and future mother of a gigantic Catholic family. So don’t pass over the agnostic girls, they’re just Catholics waiting to be made.

        • ajda

          Same here :D

          • James H, London

            Girls, you have NO FREAKIN’ IDEA how much hope that gives me!

            Not for my sake (I’m a dad already!), but for my little girls.

            May your children be many and blessed!

        • Austin

          Im trying to convince my Baptist/Non-denominational girlfriend to become Catholic, but she is staunchly opposed. Any advice?

          • Fisherman

            1) Pray. I recommend a novena to St. Therese of Liseaux.
            2) Be convincing through your actions- she should be attracted to Catholicism though how you treat your faith. 3) Go to her church with her and be vehemently interested in how she celebrates the faith, which will only reinforce your love for her and hopefully get her interested in how we celebrate the faith as well.

          • Anna

            Love the list, but as a Protestant convert, I can tell you it is NOT a good idea for the Catholic bf to be going to her baptist church…on so many levels (including the CCC). :-(

          • Fisherman

            What levels? I went to a non-denominational church with my friend who doesn’t like Catholicism, and while she didn’t attend my church, it helped to relieve some of the denomination-tension between us. I can see how it might be going down a slippery slope, but can you elaborate. Also what is the CCC?

          • musiciangirl591

            Catechism of the Catholic Church

          • Fisherman

            Buh, should of known that.

      • Claire

        I’ve been asking myself the same question… and I’m one of those girls. (Well, I think I’m nice, and I’m definitely Catholic).

    • musiciangirl591

      nice Catholic men are scared of rejection (i know my boyfriend was, i had to ask him out!)

      • Cal-J

        That’s partially because of general social wimpification.

        • musiciangirl591

          no he was just nervous because all the girls he ever asked out turned him down :/

          • Hey nonny nonny

            Long-standing problem: Catholic guys have been brought up to be ‘nice’, which doesn’t excite the ladies at all.

    • http://wusti.blogspot.com/ The Byzantine Bandit

      I actually constructed a blog post out of one of my failures at doing just that!

      http://wusti.blogspot.com/2012/06/dont-wait.html

    • Guest

      SO TRUE

    • Someone

      This ^.

      • Someone

        Also, this might provide a good opportunity to post about Theology of the Body.

    • Joan Audacia

      if you haven’t seen this already:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRSbPJyeVqY
      ^all you need xD (the original is by David Casper, but I love this version)

  • bearing

    The Bad Catholic’s Way of the Cross.

    It should take you a while, what with the 14 stations and all. I’ll wait.

  • Danderson

    You should write how the #YOLO (you only live once) fad is inherently Christian at its roots but has been hijacked by the secular world to justify a seemingly consequence-free lifestyle

    • InvictusLux

      True – as “true” Christians are supposed to enjoy life right up to the limit. This is the liberation of orthodoxy. Having rules gives us a license to have fun and run free knowing one can’t get in trouble if one stays to the teachings as a natural reflex. The secularists have gone back to the Old Testament ditty that goes: “Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die” (Ecclesiastes 8:15). And the neo-secular-Christians have modified it to be “eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die but we are saved from ourselves”.

  • Escalonn

    I request a post about faith in politics, like lolz said – but with a view to those Christians who dismiss politics entirely as an odd feature of the temporal world best ignored because of its tendency to corruption or irrelevance to the mission of Christ.

  • anna

    The basis of Catholic morality

  • http://www.facebook.com/maryliziz Mary Liz Bartell

    Ooh! Ooh! Write about how living in Grave sin skews the conscience and deforms morality in a person to accept what is evil as good and good as evil!!!

    • Alex

      I would also like to see a post about mortal vs venial sin.

    • Rose

      Agreed! It makes me so sad to read comments from people who are convinced that things are fine even when contrary to Church teaching because they “don’t feel that it’s wrong.” Of course it does feel wrong if your conscience is clouded.

  • Sean

    I’d love to read your interpretation of Genesis (the creation story, in particular). What are your thoughts on Adam and Eve and the Fall? Do you take the story strictly literally, or do you think that Original Sin was something other than eating a fruit and the story is to be read metaphorically (although obviously still in way which doesn’t deny original sin or the existence of two first parents). Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

  • Katie

    Modesty and Bikinis. Cathsorority has been discussing this for a while what with it being summer. We would love your take on it. :)

    • http://twitter.com/byzcathwife priest’s wife

      no bikinis- but no ‘burkas’ either. We are there to swim! So….how about we women wear one pieces with swim shorts or swim skirt (if we want to- and if we are getting-ahem-oldish) and you men also practice ‘custody of the eyes’ if this is an occasion of sin.

      • musiciangirl591

        they sell skirted swimsuits for teenage girls and young women, i know this because i have a skirted two piece tankini :P

      • InvictusLux

        If there to swim then how about just having gender segregated swimming areas and females wear whatever or nothing at all as it suits them? IMHO, the truth is most women, at least the young ones, are NOT at the beach just to swim but rather to have fun, get tans, enjoy nature, socialize, meet and/or make friends (including males) and be seen as “with it” (not necessarily in this order).

        • Rose

          How does this change anything? What is wrong with wanting to “have fun, get tans, enjoy nature, socialize, meet and/or make friends (including males) and be seen as “with it” (not necessarily in this order)”?

          • InvictusLux

            It changes being at the beach from being a mere swimming activity as you assert to being closer to what it really is in most places – a socializing activity that is more often than not (for younger single persons and couples) more about an opportunity to “be seen” and “watching” than it is with covering up with: clothes, sunscreen or hidden up-to-the-neck in ocean water. The women wear the bikinis to flaunt their figures to garner attention and the guys go to the gym and work out and strut around athletically to get attention or seek social opportunity (or act goofy-cool by tossing Frisbees and footballs near the women they want to meet using the bad-pass scenario (e.g. “oops I’m sorry to kick sand on your towel, uhm, my name is Joe and… hey you’re hot looking …”) . It’s almost all about “look at me – I’m cool – let’s meet, get a burrito and drink and hang out and be more-cool together “. :D

            I’m just suggesting the obvious – that the culture is very centered on superficial physical attraction and about looking “hot”, “cool” and “sexy” .

            I have lived in a beach community all my life and the only women who don’t wear bikini’s or the slightly more modest form fitting single-piece swimwear are those who don’t have a figure to show-off (e.g. out of shape). It’s part of the culture now.

            … And many of us who see it every day wish there were civil laws against those who have the bad judgement to wear the more revealing swimwear but lack the figure and really shouldn’t. :D

            Pax

          • Rose

            It actually wasn’t me that asserted we were all there to swim, that was priest’s wife (that’s fairly irrelevant to this conversation – just pointing it out).

            Anyway, yes, going to the beach very often has more to do with socializing than swimming. Because of the location, culturally accepted attire (swimsuits) are the norm even if one is not actually swimming.

            Are you advocating against even single-piece swimwear because it’s form fitting? It’s hard to tell from your statement.

            Hah! I agree that I have seen people in swimwear that I wish would wear more flattering choices for their body type. Unfortunately, as I live in Europe part of the time, that tends to mostly be guys in speedos which is by far the most popular choice for them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-A-Carlson/100001401488797 David A. Carlson

        I like that term. “Custody of the eyes”. In other words, stop staring. Keep your eyes to yourself.

    • http://quantumcathedral.blogspot.com/2011/07/lets-discuss-modesty.html Misfitmentor

      This reminded me of a post I put together for my blog. Ever heard of “bubbling”? It is disturbing and a great motivator to be modest! :)

      http://quantumcathedral.blogspot.com/2011/07/lets-discuss-modesty.html

  • James_Locke

    Marc, I would like you to write about power. You are in a rather unique position, one that grants you a rather wide audience despite your youth. This has imparted a great deal of power of someone so young. I wonder if you have thought about how you have been affected by this or any thoughts on the use of power for a Catholic?

  • http://creativefidelity.wordpress.com/ Dan F.

    The issues during and surrounding the Reformation (as opposed to the easy pickings of American Evangelicalism).

  • Frosted Flakes

    LOVED the suggestions about Sola Scriptura, Faith v. Works, and Legend of Korra! All three are my picks!

    Creationism would also be a cool thing to look into under the Sola Scriptura topic. But keep it kind! I might show these to my Protestant friends :)

  • http://crunchycradlecatholic.blogspot.com/ amy

    I recently made friends with some Orthodox (Orthodox Church of America). I would love to hear more about the “east” and the “west”. They seem to have some great traditions that we have lost.

  • http://vespersontherocks.blogspot.com/ K. Bartell

    How about that response to the pagan blog you were going to write?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000079726537 Michael Denz

    Pepsi vs. Coke, Star Wars Episodes I-III vs. Star Wars Episodes IV-VI, renting vs. owning, chicken vs. things that taste like chicken, fossil fuels vs. alternative energy, Pharisee vs. Sadducee, Letterman vs. Leno, East Coast vs. West Cost, dog people vs. cat people, Superman vs. Hulk, States rights vs. federal government, AFC vs. NFC, Monopoly vs. Trivial Pursuit, fruit vs. vegetables, North vs. South, Nike vs. Reebok, Google vs. Yahoo, pen vs. pencil, Microsoft vs. Apple, Facebook vs. the planet earth, New York vs. Boston, James T. Kirk vs. Jean-Luc Picard, butter vs. I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, emal vs. snail mail, John vs. Jon, Verizon vs. AT&T, hard cover vs. leather, Matlock vs. Mason, cowboys vs. indians, paper vs. plastic and motel vs. hotel.

  • Kash

    Write about different branches of Christianity!

  • Mark

    We need more blog posts about bacon.

    • James H, London

      Mmmmmm, Bacon [awaawawaraargghh]

    • http://www.military-history.us/ Patrick Shrier

      Is there such a thing as enough Bacon? I think not.

  • http://liturgicaljunkie.blogspot.com/ Anna

    What about the topic “are Zombies possible within Catholic theology”? Ghosts seem to be possible, from all of the reports of ghosts, and it could be theologically explained by God’s allowing a person to become visible again for a time. Vampires seem to be impossible due to scientific reasons. But are zombies dead people who (somehow) get a soul again? Is it possible to move around without a soul? If the zombification is a disease, is there still a soul present?

    • musiciangirl591

      you describing this topic makes me interested about it…. i think he should write one about that!

      • James H, London

        BRRAAAAIINNZZZZZ!

  • Jonulep

    The concept of “Faith alone will save you”. The principles of Faith + Works

  • Batman

    Could you write something on the whole controversy over the Harry Potter series? (I’m a fan myself but I would love to hear your take on it)

    • Impy

      And, for that matter, the fantasy and supernatural genres as a whole; Harry Potter’s the one everyone focuses on, but there are others too! (Coming as a major epic fantasy/Harry Potter fan)

      • Rose

        Agreed! And why do people try to say that LotR is fine if HP is evil? I love both but it definitely seems that if one is ok the other is as well (and vise versa).

  • Joseph

    The vice of tolerance
    Suicide and martyrdom
    Science and miracles
    Ways to humanize sexuality
    The influence of music on the passions

  • lakingscrzy

    You’ve mentioned it in passing but I am unable to find any in-depth look at your opinion on marijuana.

  • Clareshort79

    Fasting!

  • Clareshort79

    Medjugorje! I would love to hear what you have to say about that one. I am going there next month and am staying with Jacov Colo (the youngest visionary). If there is anything you would like me to ask him then you had better let me know!

  • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com/ Ben of Two Men

    May you have millions more (views or hits or “clicks” or whatever).

    • InvictusLux

      I hope he bought the extended warranty package for the hit odometer as it has high mileage…

  • InvictusLux

    How about a piece on CATHOLIC predestiny contrasted with Calvinistic double-predestiny (where they hold to the gloomy idea that God creates some just to damn them to hell!!).

  • InvictusLux

    Another interesting topic would be why “once saved always saved” is non-scriptural and illogical too since salvation must be true at all points in time – past, present and future. A one time altar-call sort of event that’s hinges on a person uttering some magic-formula “sinners-prayer” incantation is what a good percentage of Protestants have put their hope in…

  • GoodCatholicGirl

    The role of nuns in the 21st century
    The various Catholic rites
    Catholic celebrities who are truly “Catholic” (as opposed to nuts like Mel Gibson)

  • http://wusti.blogspot.com/ The Byzantine Bandit

    Something about the Eastern Catholic Churches would be appreciated.

    • http://twitter.com/byzcathwife priest’s wife

      write a guest post for Bad Catholic!

      • http://wusti.blogspot.com/ The Byzantine Bandit

        Pani! So glad to see you here! But am I cool enough to write for BC?

  • Christineobrien

    Hey Marc! I love your blog. I’m a medical student and God recently invited my stubborn heart into the Church. I have been fascinated by the Catholic/Reformed dialogue over at the Called to Communion website. I also enjoy reading conversion stories. God is amazing.

    My favorite posts of yours are the ones which challenge me to examine myself or which enable me to grow closer to Christ. I don’t just mean this generically either… for example, after reading your post on having a religious experience I drove over to a nearby Adoration chapel. On my knees I felt more peaceful than I had all day. I thought, “Come at me, God” and couldn’t stop smiling! That same post resonated with a sermon by Fr. Robert Barron recently where he discussed the unconditional and conditional aspects of God’s love. It’s amazing to think that God chose me! What the heck? Why me?

    Anyways, I know your less inflammatory posts (not that I don’t appreciate a good catholics for choice smack down) generally receive fewer comments, but that doesn’t mean they are less appreciated.

    I would love a post about the early Church in the first and second centuries. What did it look like according to Scripture as well as early Church Fathers (Justin Martyr)? How was worship different than today and why? How is it the same? What does the focus of the early Church imply for us today? How amazing is it that our communion as the body of Christ extends nearly 2000 years! I draw strength from that. A tag line about early Christians being considered cannibals might be enticingly appropriate… many Greeks and Romans heard talk about Christians eating the body and drinking the blood of Jesus.

    Anyways, thanks Marc. You rock.

    • Alex

      I just read this in the Catechism earlier today and wondered if you’d seen it:

      1345 As early as the second century we have the witness of St. Justin Martyr for the basic lines of the order of the Eucharistic celebration. They have stayed the same until our own day for all the great liturgical families. St. Justin wrote to the pagan emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161) around the year 155, explaining what Christians did:

      On the day we call the day of the sun, all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place.
      The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits.
      When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things.
      Then we all rise together and offer prayers* for ourselves . . .and for all others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found righteous by our life and actions, and faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.
      When the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss.
      Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren.
      He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy
      Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks (in Greek: eucharistian) that we have been judged worthy of these gifts.
      When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying: ‘Amen.’
      When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the “eucharisted” bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent.

      I just found it so interesting how similar this account is to what we see at mass today – and this was written around the year 155! Wow.

      • Christineobrien

        I haven’t read that exact passage by Justin Martyr before, but I have read much that is very similar. How amazing that we have preserved this “thanksgiving” for thousands of years.

        Thanks Alex.

        • http://www.military-history.us/ Patrick Shrier

          Amazing, or the work of God? I tend to think the latter.

  • AD

    I’ve always been caught up a bit in the Christian call to service and humility and meekness and so forth. I’ve found it a bit of a stumbling block for me in a sense as I do not know the right way to go about being ambitious. Not sure if that makes any sense so I’ll put it another way: How is a Christian to pursue his goals of becoming a great athlete or a successful business man when all we get on Sunday is things like the last shall be first and blessed are the meek etc?

  • Aninjafox

    Ooooh! How ’bout some more Catholic music (including musicians who are catholic on accident)

  • Anna Ahlbin

    Since I have recently made some pretty persistent (as in, come knocking every Friday morning) Jehovah’s Witness “friends”, I could use a post for taking them on. Read: please write some snarky,typically Bad-Catholic, in YO FACE, irrefutable, awesomeness, so I can give it to them and make them go away. Yes, I recognize I could TELL them to go away, but it’s tingling my conscience that I should be all evangelizey and Christian to them. *sigh Also PS, Jehovah’s Witnesses are crazy. Don’t mean to be rude, I’m just sayin…

    • Rose

      “Sure I’d love to hear what you have to say but first let me sprinkle you with Holy Water” … of course that might not work in the evangelizey (awesome word!) way.

      • Anna Ahlbin

        HA!

      • http://www.military-history.us/ Patrick Shrier

        Hilarious, yet likely to be supremely effective. I am going to have to use that for my own local Jehovah’s who have twigged to the fact that I am an American living in Germany and now send their English speakers to engage me.

  • Peter Uhel

    Relationship of Catholicism and politics would be great.

  • aggie

    I’d be interested on your opinions of Texas.

  • Joe Gehret

    Back in the period between the Apex of Immigration and the Kennedy presidency, Catholicism in America had its so called “Ghetto period” in which is was a fairly self-sufficient cultural system, having minimal interaction with the greater (and much more Protestant) mainstream culture. Since the Kennedy presidency, we’ve seen Catholicism integrate into the mainstream fairly smoothly with varying results, ranging from great to terrible. There’s now a motion (pushed, in part, by Alasdair MacIntyre) to “re-ghettoize” and return to the culturally self-sufficient system that existed in response to the clash of immigrants and Know-Nothings. However, some feel that Catholicism cannot and/or should not “abandon” mainstream culture. What is your analysis of the situation: Should we return to the Catholic ghetto, or should we stand and fight in the mainstream culture, or are we too deeply lodged into modern society to have a choice?

  • Catherine

    How about religious vocations? Especially understanding cloistered life as living out the gospel.

  • Mary

    Awesome! I *only* have 3,095 views over at Caregiving with Grace (maryjsnustad.wordpress.com)….but who’s counting? Those stats aren’t super awesome for insecure perfectionists ;)

    I think you should write about our amazing Blessed Mother & her many many many profound apparitions all around the world! Read Our Lady of Kibeho…it changed my life! I got to meet the author, who is also a friend of the visionaries. She also wrote The Boy who met Jesus, which is about one of the other Rwandan visionaries (that case is still in the process for authentification (is that even a word?).
    I attended the authors retreat on the power of forgiveness last summer…it was totally amazing & powerful!

  • http://quantumcathedral.blogspot.com/ Misfitmentor

    1912 – 2012 … 100 years ago Hilaire Belloc published “The Servile State”. Readers get the eerie creeping feeling up the back of the neck as Belloc increasingly seems to be addressing ObamaCare and the HHS Mandate. But WAIT! It was written 100 years ago. Hmmm. Modern “prophesy” right up there with Humanae Vitae stuff? Discuss. (or not) ;)

  • http://quantumcathedral.blogspot.com/ Misfitmentor

    Congrats! I will continue to faithfully submit your new posts as “new discoveries” to StumbleUpon. :)

    • Rose

      Great idea!!

  • Abigail :D

    Hey Marc!
    Your blog really played a part in my coming Home to the Catholic Church
    That said, it’s been a tough year up in here.. controversy all over the place.
    I am actually really thinking seriously about becoming a sister or a nun, but there’s so much in the news about the rebel sisters and how they don’t respect the Pope and all, I would just absolutely LOVE <3 a post on your take of this whole LCWR situation. I realize it's a loaded topic right now, bound to be explosive, but if you are able to post on this I would appreciate it so much!
    In Christ, AB

  • guest

    how nothing is “random” b/c of God’s providence

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640074522 Joseph Jablonski

    More more more more on abstractions. More. And don’t stop. That type of inquiry is needed nowadays!

  • Carrie

    Hmmm….I’d love to hear ideas on how to acclimate to the Catholic church…I am looking to revert, but now have a husband and 5 kids (5-16) who have never been Catholic and all the differences from our non-denom church, and the different social culture are intimidating!

  • Dani

    Discerning your vocation!

  • Stephen

    Write about whatever topic comes to your brilliant mind next cause that seems to be working out pretty well!

  • InvictusLux

    Another topic idea might be to expound on the question if its at all possible anymore for a practicing Catholic to vote democrat in the national elections given their anti-church, anti-family, pro-gay, pro-death/abortion, pro-marxist/socialist agenda.

  • Laura Bornhoft

    Idk if you can write a blog post about this because this priest did an excellent job already, but this has had a profound effect on me, and just about everyone I show it to agrees with me.

    http://olffmaine.blogspot.com/2012/03/jpii-generation-comes-of-age.html?spref=fb&m=1

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674332165 Mark Toffler

    Write about Socially Liberal Catholics lacking consistent faith in doctrine and Socially Conservative Catholics lacking consistent practice of good works.

    Even though the right left paradigm is frighteningly tired, I think you know what I mean.

  • QDefenestration

    You’re an english major, so more thoughts on literature as it pertains to catholics (and catholic writers specifically) would be awesome. I’m researching Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh in oxford right now, I’d love to here your thoughts on some of their works.

    • Marian

      J.R.R. Tolkien is always a good idea (although maybe you’re waiting on that until The Hobbit comes out).

  • Marme

    Hioow to to encourage reverting for falling away catholics

    • http://www.military-history.us/ Patrick Shrier

      That is definitely something I would love to see addressed.

  • levagabond

    Modesty and how it has all but disappeared even in Catholic circles! The mark of a Catholic woman used to be the way she dressed…now it seems like the only religion that actually cares about modesty is Islam!

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-06/D9VBNTCO3.htm

    • Corita

      MARC, For the love of G-d and your readers, tread **carefully** if you ever speak of this topic. Better yet…. don’t speak of it.

      You could write to Bud Mac Farlane and ask him why. Or read Simcha Fisher on pants. Do your homework on the recent history of the discussion of female modesty before you even consider it. Remember that you are a man…and consider it again.

      Thank you,
      From the Female Catholic World.

      • Rose

        While I would be interested in what Marc would have to say on this topic, I have to agree with Corita. The battles I have seen on various blogs get uglier and uglier each time.

        • Corita

          I personally believe that public talk of the topic of modesty–particularly on the internet, but often in person– is itself *im*modest without the protections of careful charity and context, for example: in authority relationships like priest to congregation or parent to child (undertaken sensitively and without shaming), or among peers (groups of men or women who know and trust each other and encourage virtue in the discussion; not mixed sexes), or in ones writing about personal experience.

          In the last example, a writer might write about his or her struggles with dressing and/or behaving modestly, or about the way s/he struggles to keep custody of the eyes and thoughts wrt people’s bodies.

          I also despise the way that modesty seems always to be discussed solely as the purview of women. In that way it is not only immodest (as usually men are going into great detail about the terrible ways women hang out of their clothing), but it becomes also a vehicle for uncharity and sexism. The original poster of the comment does indeed put it in terms of how “Catholic women used to dress” and no doubt sees it in those terms. But modesty is an orientation of the mind and body, clothing is one expression of it.

          “Why is modesty actually important to us?” might be an interesting topic, if it could avoid singling out women as the sole keepers of chastity for the whole human race, and instead stayed with questions of how the spirit finds expression in the outward movements of the physical body.

          • Rose

            AMEN! Thanks for putting my thoughts on the topic into words the way I haven’t been able!

  • Marian

    Marc, you could give out indulgences! j/k

  • Kristen in Dallas

    miricles

  • Jta776

    I was hoping that you could maybe give me some help on understanding or write about two things on my mind. One thing is the “coexist” sticker. I have heard from some of my friends that I should not support this but I do not understand why not. Another thing is how is a catholic or a christian supposed to approach and talk to some one who is gay. I feel it is hard for christians to speak to those who claim to be gay because they make it seem like being gay makes them who they are. I hope I make some sense and hope I don’t sound offensive. Well thank you. God bless.

  • Peachesforjesus

    I’m a frequent visitor and I know you have mentioned this topic, but could you discuss the whole early 2000s priest molestation issue. I know the media had a field day with and blew it out of proportion, I have had a hard time finding unbiased facts on the topic.

  • Lone Star

    Ideas:
    Aesthetics: traditional music and Gregorian chant vs. happy-clappy modern music in the Church. How the latter may repel seekers by seeming too much “of the age”.
    Church architecture – exposed brick or not? Looking like junior college or shopping mall. Does exposed brick on church interiors repel seekers?
    Conversion: Why so many Angslicans are coming into the Church and what effect might this have locally and on the wider church.
    Catholic art – schlocky and schmaltzy (of which there’s a lot) vs. classical – who decides what gets created and marketed.
    Finding a parish where one feels at home.
    Catholic Bible study – is there any?

  • Mary

    You should post about spiritual darkness, the dark night of the soul, etc. and how and why people experience this, relating it to things we can understand and shedding a new light on it!

  • MaryJ

    I am a Catholic who married a Protestant. Two years ago in my home diocese there was a priest sexual abuse accusation. In homilies during that time, priests talked a lot about how there are many more accusations in Protestant churches than we ever hear about – so much so that it really hurt my husband. I say all that to say it would be great to see posts about how we can better our relationships with our Protestant brothers and sisters – especially during trying times in the Catholic faith. Because I have to think the priests could have made their point without making preachers seem like the villains.

    • InvictusLux

      I think this is a pretty rare thing – most priests don’t make those sort of statements in a homily even if the statistic is correct. It’s also true for example that there are orders of magnitude more cases of stressed out protestant ministers verbally, physically and emotionally abusing their wives than there are Catholics – one of the little thought about advantages of having a celibate priesthood (with a few exceptions granted to converting married Anglican/Presbyterian ministers who are conditionally re-ordained). While its a true statistic is does not build up the kingdom of God by flaunting it.

      I agree a topic on ecumenism and charity would be a good one.

  • Mark Kaschak

    Write about how the men of the Catholic Church need to recognize their identity as soldiers in the Church militant; soldiers of Saint Michael under Christ the King. Soldiers with the courage to stand up, die to self, and fight for the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth; the obedience do sacrifice and do God’s will regardless of persecution; the endurance to see to it that the ones he loves make it to heaven; the humility to recognize where the glory lies in the battle. Our church needs real men more than ever. Real men who will fight for the dignity of women against this “free-love,” self-disrespecting culture that is so glorified. Men who have no problem with being wild at heart. We are on the brink of war with our faith, and we need soldiers who will die to themselves and take up the call to defend every aspect of it.

    • http://wusti.blogspot.com/ The Byzantine Bandit

      Just a thought: why not do it yourself? You seem to have something to say. Get out there and say it on your own blog. We need more voices in the blogosphere!

  • Gandalf

    Please write about the recent “attack” on US nuns where the Vatican wrote a letter about the need to return to Catholic teaching. I don’t know much about the topic, but the media has jumped on it as the whole “Vatican trying to suppress feminism” speel. An article clarifying why the Vatican wrote to them in the first place (i.e., the nuns abandoning key Catholic teachings) would be helpful.

  • Mrs. Martin

    Please write more about the natural law, not necessarily with regard to a particular issue, but the underpinnings of the theory in general.

  • Austin

    Not really anything you can write about, but just to tell you, I’m in the Vatican, and my brother who is a Dominican priest introduced me to Archbishop Di Noia, the one responsible for the New Roman Missal Translations!! We had coffee together and talked about all sorts of cool stuff!!!!!!!

  • AMoniqueOcampo

    Please write something about our Blessed Mother. I’m trying to explain her to a non-Catholic friend. I posted a beautiful picture of her and it kind of started a comments debate. Can you please write something about Mary for those who don’t understand her?

  • Saul of Tarsus

    I know you’ve written a lot on gay marriage recently, but do you think you could respond to this video?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQw0eLzfGNI

  • Saul of Tarsus

    Also, could you write on how those in Heaven can still be happy when there exist those in Hell?

  • JenniB

    I’m very concerned about the state of CCD in the US. Catechesis in general is in shambles, but it seems really difficult to do a good job without first helping parents understand why it isn’t just a photo op. I’d be interested in your suggestions.

  • Eliberaus

    Free Markets, Economics, how to see them or work in them in a catholic way within a secularist society

    • Alicia

      I completely agree! I don’t know if there are any libertarians/minarchists here, but I’d love to hear marc’s opinion on the topics discussed on the http://mises.org/ website for example.

  • RoaminCatholic

    EVOLUTION in relation to Catholic teaching and scripture pleeeeease thanks love n hugs :-)

  • http://www.military-history.us/ Patrick Shrier

    The doctrine of Papal Infallibility and how that does not mean the Pope is always right but only correct in matters of Church Doctrine.

    And keep up the great and entertaining blog too.

  • MTS

    I think one of the most relevant discussions for Catholics at this moment is the divisive Vatican investigation of the LCWR, and how it’s opened up a whole new discussion on the role of women in the church…which could always lead to the discussion of why women cannot be ordained priest(ess?)s.

  • Stephanie

    I’d love to see something about interfaith dialogue, specifically with non-Christian faiths.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.burke.18062 Ryan Burke

    It would be nice if you could write about modesty, in terms of both sides of the issue. I know a lot of people could really use something about that. It seems like something many people struggle with. And it seems like many discussions/arguments break out about it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-A-Carlson/100001401488797 David A. Carlson

    Personally, Id like to hear your thoughts on the show Ancient Aliens or on anything that has been written by Eric VonDaniken.

  • 180ann

    I’d kind of like your opinion… should gays be allowed in the boy scouts?

    • http://www.zyllafineart.com/ Mamre

      Freedom of association allows any group to determine its membership, and so if the BSA says no.That is that.
      Previous news on BSA/ Gay was propelled nationally because gay persons were using the BSA to forward their orientation issue/cause.
      Scout oaths state one will stay morally straight as a scout member or leader.
      The BSA has the strictest rules for the care of its youngsters, , from physical, mental and sexual abuse, there is a lot of traveling camping and hiking . Parents entrust their children to these leaders for great amounts of time. The BSA should be applauded for all the effort and enforcement of child protection measures it has put in place.


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