In Defense of the March for Life

daniel-day-lewis-lincoln-spielberg

This is directed at men.There is nothing more painful for the over-privileged male denizen of modern America than an absorbed reading of The Lord of the Rings, of Les Miserables, or even of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. These, by the golden light of fiction, depict acts of greatness foreign to us, inspiring us to take heroic action that, in all likelihood, we'll never take.It's the same with accounts of men like Gandhi or Lincoln, Roosevelt or Douglass, Nelson Mandela or St. Thomas … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Why Aren’t You Naked?

tumblr_lhf5pc64NC1qbjz0go1_500

I'm curious as to why man is in the habit of wearing clothes, when no other animal has been spotted with even the smallest, most insignificant of socks.We could say it's the fault of the cold, but humans wear clothes at the Equator.We could take a Darwinian tactic and argue that clothes are hygienic -- and thus the people who wore clothes outlived and out-reproduced those who ran young, wild and free -- but this assumes too much. A soiled rag around the crotch seems far less healthy than … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Why The Catholic Priesthood Is Composed of Dudes

FemaleCatholicPriest

This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church. If I had tried to stick my tongue out at the kids who think a female priest isn't a contradiction in terms, I wouldn't have been able to muster up the genius required to make a thing quite so demeaning to the cause.Love it or hate it, the Catholic Church is the largest unified religion in the world. She claims 1/6 of humanity as her children. Her teachings have endured and rebelled against entropy for 2000 years. … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Why Are Catholics Still Whining About the HHS Mandate?

A supporter of the proposed lower Manhattan Muslim cultural center and mosque holds a sign in front of the proposed site New York

The first amendment was the first damn thing we thought of when we decided not to give the American Government unlimited power over the human person. And the first part of the first damn thing we thought of reads as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... It seems apparent -- though perhaps I'm romanticizing the entire situation -- that the First of Firsts should be upheld, if only for the fact that (a) it sounds a … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

In Defense of Silence Over Gunmen

pic_giant_121712_A

We live in a universe in which it is possible, and even probable, that innocents will be murdered. Our home is intolerable. We -- inhabitants and products of this universe -- cannot be satisfied with the universe, and are thus at odds with reality. We rebel in body and soul against our very mode of being, a mode made maddeningly clear to us in Newtown, Connecticut. We are beings-in-a-universe-where-children-die.Our experience of the shooting expressed this. We were outraged, stunned, dis … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Infinite Love

tumblr_mbfmtaiAhI1r6w3qso2_1280

Love is infinite.By infinite I mean: 1 : extending indefinitely : endless <infinite space> 2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive: inexhaustible <infinite patience> 3 : subject to no limitation or external determination 4a: extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large <infinite number of positive numbers> This truth sets fire. This truth, if indeed truth, can stop suicide, heal hearts, and sharpen our … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying for a Schism Part 1

funny-captions-what-is-this-i-dont-even

Before reading Christina Pesoli's marvelous article, Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying for a Schism, I was all about the business of writing something short, enlightening, and relatively professional. But the humor of her work has bubbled up within me, to the point that I would now consider it criminal not to share a brief response. Pesoli is a wonderful writer, and an intelligent human being, so I guarantee that her work will brighten your day, tickle your sides, and give you hope for future of … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Why It’s Okay To Speak Religiously in the Face of Tragedy

suffer

True suffering -- whether in death, disaster, or disease -- is united by the fact that we hate it. Our beings reject it, our minds refuse to comprehend it, our bodies are sickened by it, and it's all a simple matter of definition: To suffer is to experience that which we do not want to experience.Now it's impossible -- from a purely secular standpoint -- to answer the question of why we suffer. For if there were a good reason for our suffering, then that suffering would become tolerable to … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

What on Earth is Prophecy?

I love the similarities between this painting -- Prometheus Being Chained by Vulcan, by Dirck Van Baburen, 1623 -- and Caravaggio's Crucifixion of St. Peter.

Whenever the topic of prophecy is brought up, the great and somewhat disappointing rift between the Christian and his non-Christian brother becomes apparent. The non-Christian will see thousands of Christ figures developed by hundreds different cultures over thousands of years and -- taking non-Christianity as a premise -- assume that Christ is merely one of many myths, a man embellished into divinity, messiah, and redeemer.The Christian -- and he really can't help it, so do excuse his b … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Awesome Guest Post: Should we stone abortion clinicians?

inion

...and great timing for me, for I'm busy braving that inner circle of hell known as Tech Support for 1flesh.org, which is getting more hits than it can handle.Should we stone abortion clinicians?Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director, launched a new ministry, And Then There Were None. Check out this logic:No more abortion clinic workers. No more abortion clinics. No more abortions.Some "pro-lifers" have criticized this approach. Here's one … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X