An Open Invitation To David Crowder To Join the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Dear Mr. Crowder,Thanks to your fine work, I find myself in one of the most incredible moments of my music-loving, Christ-worshipping, Roman Catholic existence -- a Requiem Mass is the number 2 album in the world. That's right -- Album, not Christian album. Nestled comfortably between Adele's 21 and Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires -- as I'm sure you are very aware -- is David Crowder Band's Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C, [The Happiest of All Keys]).To the Christian, this is awesome. … [Read more...]

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5 More Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should

A mild follow-up to the unbelievably spicy 5 Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should. I'm beginning to develop the belief that you could give me just about anything at all and I could link it to the Holy Roman Catholic Church. And yes, that's a combox challenge. Up, up and away then:1. Chief Sitting BullSomewhere in the bowels of a stoner apparel store, on the clothing rack next to the incense sticks, between a Rage Against the Machine T-Shirt and "Legalize It" hoodie, … [Read more...]

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Ripples From The Rock

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If I had but one sermon to preach it would be this: The ripples are not the rock, the rock is not the ripple, and it is the confusion of the two that damages the Church.A current trend amongst Catholic leaders, priests and ministers is to look at the Holy Mass and ask, "How can we get the world to come? Ah, well, we could bring the most beautiful art into our churches, we could bring the music people like into the Mass, we could orientate it towards families, we could have a later Mass … [Read more...]

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Our Stubbornly Resistant Church

The problem with writing post-sized posts is that I always have essay-sized new ideas while writing them, but I know I would be justly excommunicated from the Internet if I ever took up the habit of extrapolating upon every shiny bit of A.D.D that flutters into my temporal lobe. A Chesterton I'm not. So today my afterthought hearkens back to two days ago, back to Cathedrals.One of the glories of a big, hulking, Gothic cathedral is that it's a fantastic metaphor for the similarly hulking C … [Read more...]

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Real Confession

Confession is the best. I am absolutely convinced of this fact because the sacrament is one of the few Catholic Things that atheists, agnostics, and members of other religions will get - at worst - only mildly annoyed about and - at best and most usually - wishful, dreamy and sentimental about. Honestly, the number of atheists and agnostics I talk to who deny the remotest possibility of a relationship with God and then ask, in a somewhat timid, casual tone, "Can people who aren't Catholic go to … [Read more...]

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Catholicism: Making Rockstars Since 36 A.D.

"When people have told me that because I am a Catholic, I cannot be an artist, I have had to reply, ruefully, that because I am a Catholic, I cannot afford to be less than an artist."The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cExclusive - 2011: A Rock Odyssey Featuring Jack White - Catholic Throwdownwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video ArchiveSo said our dear Flannery O'Connor, and … [Read more...]

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The Crookedhart Emails – Re: You’re an Idiot

Dear Rothoof,There's just no other way to say it: You are an inadequate excuse for a demon. I told you which church to send him to, did I not? I told you that the ideal situation for your man to be in was one of considering Catholicism as merely another denomination, to see The Church as a church. This would have been delightful, as it subtly creates in the man a lack of commitment, a sense of well-I-can-always-leave-for-another that would dull him. The Bride of Christ would have been, for … [Read more...]

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Because the Church Is Too Powerful

The second issue for me is the institution... the Catholic church... it had and still has too much power.. and it's authority is justified through the divine, a source of power which is really unchecked... And now if the church used it's power to do good things in the world.. I could ignore that.. but that's not the case.. And now you'll tell me that the church helps plenty and donates to charity and whatnot... but does that excuse all the other bad deeds the Catholic church has done? Can't we … [Read more...]

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Because I’m Terrified

Why am I not Catholic? Because I still have theological issues to work out. I refuse to enter into Catholicism unless I can accept what it fully teaches...On a more personal level, I am terrified, and thus in a stalemate...Yet, what am I to do? I cannot lie to any Church if I were to join half-heatedly, nor can I lie to myself and convert without full acceptance of doctrine, practice, etc. I am of like mind and spirit with G.K Chesterton - no surprises there - when he demanded that our religion … [Read more...]

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Do Something Crazy

Wear a hairshirt. Get a backpack full of rocks and run to your church. Organize a Eucharistic procession through the streets of your town. Build a massive bonfire in honor of an obscure saint you found on the Internet in your backyard. Because I don't know if you've noticed, but this world has gotten boring, and could use some Catholics violently expressing their faith.For example, check out this story that I posted on facebook awhile back. What coolness. That judge was on to something. We … [Read more...]

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