A Primer for Philosophy & Education

Sam Rocha is a phenomenologist teaching at the University of North Dakota, and I have the pleasure of writing for Dear Patheos at his side. This Mexican guitar player is responsible for a revolution in my personal love-affair with philosophy, one that freed me to recognize the limits of argument and the necessity for, well, show-and-tell -- to see art, poetry, music and story-telling as equally valid conduits for truth as essays and syllogisms. (Also, he kicked my ass for relying on etymology to … [Read more...]

No Longer Anonymous: Why I Decided to Come Out as a Gay Priest

Bravely facing the applause of a world in love with labels, and just in time for the release of a second edition of his new book "Hidden Voices, Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest," Fr. Gary M. Meier came out today and declared himself openly gay to the notoriously unsympathetic Huffington Post.Bless the man, may the Lord keep him, let His face shine upon him and give him His peace. He'll be attacked by idiotic Catholics, whose quotes will undoubtedly be used in his up-and-coming "This Ha … [Read more...]

Pope Francis!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I only have a few more days of the "he's a teenager" excuse. So. Let me know if you're excited for the new season! … [Read more...]

Whence Opposition to Birth Control? A Rebuttal.

The wonderful Libby Anne of Love, Joy, Feminism recently critiqued a poorly-designed graphic made by well-meaning Catholics, saying its "very simplicity...is the downfall of this illustration." She's dead right, and I'm thankful that she points it out. Graphics attempting to pixelate the complexities of chastity, marriage, and contraception naturally reduce the intricate, opening themselves to easy criticism.But if the graphic falls short, Libby Anne's critiques fall shorter, due -- I hope - … [Read more...]

Why the Church Would be so Ridiculous as to Oppose IVF

We have a godawful habit of seeing children as things so small, cute and fluffy that we hollow them of that dignity hard as titanium steel -- the dignity of being a human person.The child is not owned by his mother, father, community, or state. He is a unique human subject, a universe unto himself, an unfathomable subjectivity -- a being who finds himself free, existing for his own sake.In the glare of this freedom, it occurs to me that I cannot own a child any more than I can own an ad … [Read more...]

My Talk on Beauty at Notre Dame

Thanks so much to the Sophomore Class Council at Notre Dame for having me over to speak! It was wonderful meeting all of you, eating your food, sleeping in your library, talking to your squirrels, getting lost on your campus, praying at the Grotto, and generally wishing I'd worked harder in high school. For those who couldn't make it, here's a recording of the talk:I'd like to add that a lot more can be said here, and that -- watching the talk now -- I find myself rebutting myself, … [Read more...]

The Coredemptrix Controversy

A guest post from my dear friend Andrew Oullette:  Many people that first hear the title of Mary as Coredemptrix think, "Wait. What?! Mary...Coredemptrix?! Blasphemy!" Yet we cannot be too quick to judge this title without looking at the meaning of the word Coredemptrix, the evidence for it in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and discovering what it means to us as the Body of Christ that Mary is the Coredemptrix.Before we can say what Coredemptrix means we must first start by … [Read more...]

What It’s Like to Actually Care About the Conclave

It is very, very good to be Catholic. We have the remarkable capacity to actually care about the conclave. The media, bless them, cannot fathom the explosion of love happening here, and are doomed to report with all the banality, divisiveness and cluelessness with which one goes about reporting an American presidential election. They're talking about the conclave, sure -- it's political ramifications, the potential ideological leaning of the next Pope, the "necessary" changes the Church needs to … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want

Young people are human. If we understood this reality we wouldn't have crappy youth ministry programs, worse catechesis, politicians on Twitter, the wild success of Ke$ha, and a bored and banal culture.But we do suffer these tortures, for we are convinced that being young and able to navigate Facebook transforms the human person into a locus around which the universe turns, the deciding, haloed blueprint for the construction of culture, religion, and politics.The Youth Vote, the Young … [Read more...]

“I’m With Them”: the Female Paradox of Praying at Planned Parenthood

A guest post for the upcoming 40 Days for Life campaign.It was the March for Life Weekend, 2012. I called my dad to hear a familiar voice and was talking with him about snow conditions on the ski trails back home as I rounded the corner from K Street to 16th and saw the scene outside Planned Parenthood. A mass of people stood outside the clinic, some of them in heavy winter coats, some of them in religious habits, and some of them wearing the brightly colored vests of a Planned Parenthood … [Read more...]