Why I Am STAYING Catholic.

shutterstock_217230976 (1)

In light of the recent Pew Survey indicating that people are fleeing Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular in droves, several of my fellow Catholic Patheosi are responding to the question, "Why am I staying Catholic?"   So far  Tod Worner has responded as has Monique Ocampo and our Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Scalia.  Others will soon be following their lead. We were actually asked a similar question back in March of 2013.  Back then, the general Patheos community asked all the bl … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

Losing My Religion: Why People Are REALLY Leaving the Church (It’s not what you think.)

Image via Shutterstock.  Used with permission.

A new report from Pew Research shows that religion is losing ground as more people drop out of church.  According to the report....The shrinking numbers of Christians and their loss of market share is the most significant change since 2007 (when Pew did its first U.S. Religious Landscape survey) and the new, equally massive survey of 35,000 U.S. adults.The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4% to 70.6%. This includes people in vi … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

The Pope Said WHAT About Marriage?!? Here’s the Surprising Truth About the Catholic Vision of Love.

Image via Shutterstock.  Used with permission.

On More2Life Radio, Lisa and I often remind our listeners that "God wants to change the world through your marriage!"  In fact, the other day on the blog, I did a post titled, "Want to bring the world to Christ?  Strengthen Your Marriage!"Yesterday, in his weekly Wednesday address, Pope Francis took up this very theme...Pope Francis also reflected on another characteristic of marriage: the choice to “marry in the Lord.” This decision, he said, carries with it a “missionary dimension,” thr … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

“Sto Lat!” Now (even more) Popcak in Poland

shutterstock_224490295

Sadly, I've never actually been to Poland, but considering that the core mission of my ministry is helping people apply principles from St John Paul II's Theology of the Body to the challenges of daily life, I'm honored to be able to say that  almost every one of my books has been published in the homeland of St. John Paul II.  I have just learned that two more came out this month.  Parenting with Grace and Just Married  have both  just been translated and released.The polish edition of Just … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

Separate But Equal? Why “Freedom of Worship” Makes Religious People Sit at Back of the (Church) Bus

shutterstock_174367112

In light of my earlier post advancing a secular, empirical argument for the value of public prayer, I've been engaged in an interesting discussion with a couple of atheist bloggers at Patheos on what religious freedom really entails (Note: the discussion occurred on a private forum and I don't have permission to share their thoughts so I will refrain from naming  or quoting them or the other participants).   I realize that politics is outside the usual purview of this blog, but I thought this w … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

Raising Children Who Love (or Don’t Hate) the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Image via Shutterstock

A guest blog by Kim Cameron-Smith, Contibutor to More2Life Radio and founder of www.IntentionalCatholicParenting.comI’ve heard that some people love going to Confession.  I personally don’t know any of them.  Maybe it’s an urban legend.  I think avoiding the confessional is our human default, because we are uncomfortable exposing our weakness to others.  The Church wants us to know that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift.  It’s more an opportunity than a duty.Confession brings our … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

In Celebration of His Feast Day: 8 Reasons St. Joseph is the “Guardian of the Redeemer”

st-joseph-with-the-baby-jesus

In 1989, Pope St John Paul the Great published his Apostolic Exhortation on St Joseph called Guardian of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Custos).  Here are 8 great quotes from that awesome document to help you celebrate the Feast of St Joseph (March 19).1.  “I am convinced that by reflection upon the way in which Mary’s spouse shared in the divine mystery, the Church—on the road towards the future with all humanity—will be enabled to discover ever anew her own identity within this redemptive plan, … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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

On St. Joseph’s Feast Day, 15 Reasons Dads Matter (#15 Will Shock You!)

Image via Shutterstock

St. Joseph is the Patron of Fathers and in honor St Joseph's Feast Day today (March 19th), I thought it would be good to take some time to remind us all how important dads are.  Check out these great dad facts!  (Teaser:  I saved the most surprising fact for last!)1.  Fathers' interaction with babies (engaging in cognitively stimulating activities, emotional warmth, physical care) reduced their infants' chances of experiencing cognitive delay2.  Children whose fathers are involved in rear … [Read more...]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

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


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X