My cover has been blown

Will Duquette writes about my other life in doo wop. The cat’s out of the bag, daddy-o… [Read more...]

“How to Become an Annoying Catholic”

Part of it is to “smile and be merry.” (see the meme!)  But there’s some more great advice from Emily Stimpson at CatholicVote, who includes this timeless advice: “Love.” A snip: After writer Andrew Sullivan was diagnosed with AIDS, he was shocked when Pat Buchanan sent him a kind note, saying how very sorry he [Read More...]

“Marriage isn’t for you”

This wonderful testimony has now gone viral. If you haven’t read it yet, take a moment, read, and share it. It’s superb. This just might find its way into my next wedding homily. From Seth Adam Smith: Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t [Read More...]

First reaction to Pope Francis interview: “Context, friends, context”—UPDATED

While people try to find their balance after this morning’s seismic jolt in La Repubblica, at least one observer, Fr. Z., offers something firm to grab onto: I think the Francis has a pretty good BS detector.  He’ll need it. Conscience… Your Holiness you wrote that in your letter to me. The conscience is autonomous, you [Read More...]

A former atheist gets it

It’s our own Leah Libresco, writing about priests and vestments: When an actor puts on costuming and grease- paint, she does it to become someone else, both to the audience and to herself. A director I worked with once told me to start working on a show by getting different shoes, or, failing that, by [Read More...]

Is there room for someone like Sarah in the Church?

Elizabeth Scalia takes note of a searching soul she once knew:   I never met Sarah; ours was one of those modern online friendships defined by two people who never reside in the same time zone, yet–thanks to the combox and email–become intimate, devoted friends. She was a Lutheran, a scholar, a veteran who served twenty [Read More...]

Is the world making an idol of Pope Francis?

That’s the provocative question our own Elizabeth Scalia is asking in today’s Washington Post:  It has only been six months since Jorge Mario Bergoglio came to the world with a new name, but already MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, channeling his inner tween, has gushed, “is it too early to say Francis is the best pope ever?” His effusion [Read More...]

“Don’t curse the dark”

“The more you get involved in the groups that are doing wonderful work in the church the more you will be filled with joy in being a Catholic. The corruption, scandal and heresy will fade away like shadows. You will see clearly what you should be doing and it will be positive, life filled and [Read More...]

“With fraternal good wishes, Francis”

That’s how the Holy Father has signed the now-famous letter to an atheist.  In an unusual move, the Vatican has published the entire text of the letter, in English, on its website. Check it out.   [Read more...]

“If you’re spending all of your time looking for errors, you can begin to forget what the truth looks like”

This gave me a lot to think about, in light of some recent rock-throwing and shin-kicking around the Catholic blogosphere. This comes from Will Duquette and his blog A View from the Foothills:  As on-line Catholics, we can spend our time writing about what is true, good, and beautiful, or writing about what is false, [Read More...]


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