Rational Faith: Why God is Not a Malevolent Bully

Yesterday, I promised that I would address the charges that the God which I (as a Catholic) worship is a “misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” I can see from the combox that some of the atheist peanut gallery are standing by, waiting for me to tangle myself up [Read More…]

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Does the Church Owe the LGBTQ Community An Apology?

““I believe that the church should not only say sorry, as Cardinal Marx says, it should not only say sorry to the person who is gay that it has offended, but also it should say sorry to the poor and to women who are exploited, and the children who are exploited for work.” He went [Read More…]

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A God Worth Wishing For: A Response to Friendly Atheist

One of our friends over at the atheist channel has penned a rebuttal to Peter Kreeft’s video explaining why we should want God to exist. Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist summarizes and dismisses each of Kreeft’s arguments — and to be perfectly honest, I can sympathize with most of what he’s saying here. I’m gonna [Read More…]

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Ducks, Cats, and Euthanasia

Currently, Canada’s lawmakers are debating legislation that will govern medical aid in dying – what used to be called euthanasia, or doctor assisted suicide. As a Canadian Catholic, I feel that I should weigh in. So I’ll tell a nice story about ducks. Several weeks ago, we had a problem with our coop security and [Read More…]

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Spectacularly Disabled

It was a hot day in late summer, and my best friend was visiting after several years of living in Europe. We were watching my autistic son buzzing around the pool. I felt like my brain was going to melt from stress. Pools are always a danger for children, and a child who isn’t capable [Read More…]

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Erasing Gay Identities at First Things?

Not The Time Or Place: An Open Letter to Elliot Milco The other day, I posted a response to a post that appeared at First Things. I subtitled the piece “An Open Letter to First Things.” I should have titled it “An Open Letter to Elliot Milco” — as it was specifically addressed to a [Read More…]

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Not The Time Or Place: An Open Letter to Elliot Milco

It was less than 24 hours after the Orlando shooting that I saw the first Catholic in a combox complaining about LGBTQ identities. In that case, it was someone scolding my friend Joe Prever for replacing his profile picture with the US flag/rainbow graphic that is currently being used on FaceBook to show solidarity for [Read More…]

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Does Religion Cause Hatred?

So, the other day I wrote about religiously motivated hate, how that has impacted my own spirituality, and how that plays into the Christian response to the events in Orlando. Naturally, I got a combox full of atheists claiming that the way to solve these problems is simply to do away with religion. It’s a [Read More…]

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Life Lessons I Learned From My Characters: Catullus

This is the third part in my “Things I Learned From My Characters” series. Catullus is an artist. He’s openly gay, and a closet Catholic. These are his opinions. I should make it clear, for those of you who think that it would be fun, that if you leave comments for my characters they will [Read More…]

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Since When Is An Act of Terrorism an Act of God?

A terrible thing happened in Orlando last night. I’m sure most of you already know; it’s the worst mass shooting in US history, with 50 people dead and many more wounded. And it was an attack against a gay bar. As of the point of writing, it’s not known whether the LGBTQ community was being [Read More…]

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