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May 15, 2018
The Abuses of Hell
I’ve been away for a while, but I wanted to get back to the discussion...
March 26, 2018
Mass Without Children
A couple of weeks ago, I actually got to Mass without kids. I had the...
February 26, 2018
A Hell of One’s Own: Why Mortal Sin Really is Mortal
Recently, I’ve been re-reading my book of philosophical dramas, Eros & Thanatos, and it’s...
February 22, 2018
Lent and Exhaustion – Running On Fumes During Lent
Let's say it’s over a week since Ash Wednesday and you haven’t given anything up...
February 15, 2018
Act Normal: Christian Community and Mental Illness
I’ve just finished reading Kristy Burmeister’s new book, “Act Normal”. It’s a memoir of her...
February 13, 2018
Discernment In Black & White
Previously in My Introduction To Geh Sex and Is One Of These Virtues Not Like...
January 24, 2018
Two Things We Mistakenly Believe Are Ours
At the heart of the Church’s social teaching there are two essential insights into the...
December 29, 2017
Spiritual Warfare: a Strategist’s Guide
In general, I have my reservations about the image of “spiritual warfare,” not because it’s...
December 13, 2017
Struggling to Confess
Okay, so I'm slowly, painstakingly working on the NFP book -- there's a bunch of...
September 16, 2017
Too Tired to Pray
One thing that you quickly find if you're trying to do ministry on the margins...
August 17, 2017
Addicted to Patriarchy: Infallibility IV
I mentioned yesterday that I see the relationship between the Catholic laity and the hierarchy...
August 16, 2017
The Fractal Church: Infallibility Part III
I promised that I would talk about the difference between infallibility and authority, and why...
August 07, 2017
Pope to King 4: Infallibility Part II
Last time I talked about the backdrop for my concerns about infallibility. Today, I want...
August 05, 2017
How Many Theologians Does it Take To Define Infallibility?
I mentioned earlier that one of the issues I've been grappling with is the question...
August 01, 2017
Crisis of Faith Part II: Off Key and Out of Tune
So I tweeted recently that I have semi-resolved my crisis and I'm staying Catholic, at...
July 22, 2017
Crisis of Faith
We long for something greater than ourselves even when we fear that we are alone...
July 01, 2017
The Scandal of Diversity
As a Catholic, I'm constantly reminded that I can't just go around excommunicating people that...
June 27, 2017
The Problem of Many Gods
It's not talking to God, but rather finding oneself in the presence of something that...
June 27, 2017
Still Not an Atheist
I've got a piece up today over at Aleteia about why I'm not going back...
May 05, 2017
Is American Christianity an Ideology or a Culture?
You actually do have a literal culture war going on where the two most prominent...
May 04, 2017
Benedict Option: Do We Need A Catholic Bubble in the Universal Church?
I've seen a lot of hate poured out on the idea that Christians should seek...
April 12, 2017
Pokemon: Gateway to Magic!
Recently, a friend on FaceBook posted a picture of her son's Pokemon cards. It was...
March 27, 2017
Review: My Life with the Saints (by Fr. James Martin)
I'm usually not a big fan of contemporary writing about the Saints. I like the...
March 01, 2017
I’m Gonna Give Up Being Right for Lent
Every Lent I try to come up with something interesting and fruitful to do apart...
February 16, 2017
Conservatives vs. Liberals: Who Are the Real Catholics?
Several years ago, I was involved in a frustrating and interminable exchange about Catholic sexual...
February 05, 2017
Yesterday I read a comment by 3vil5triker on my post Is Heaven for Real? My...
February 01, 2017
Is Heaven for Real?
Colton Burpo, the boy featured in the story Heaven is for Real, is a child who...
January 11, 2017
Scripture Has Nothing New To Say to Me
Recently I was talking to a friend about various difficulties in the spiritual life, and...
November 24, 2016
Update on the Books I’m Writing Now
Winter has come to Canada and we're having a run of snow-days. My older kids...
November 18, 2016
My recent post, Wayward Creatures, dealt with one aspect of the problem of suffering –...
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