Popcak in WaPo on the Pope, “Catholicism is a love story.”

I was interviewed, earlier today, by Michelle Boorstein, a religion writer for the Washington Post.  We chatted about the challenge many people were having with Pope Francis style and my own journey from confusion and mild frustration to greater understanding and appreciation for what he is trying to do and say.  I appreciated her thoughtful and considerate approach and I hope we have other chances to speak in the future.My comments centered on two themes (and since I'm not sure how much wil … [Read more...]

Because, Y’Know, Pope Francis is “Soft” on Abortion…

My epiphany of this past weekend did not blind me to the challenges Pope Francis' papacy presents.  Specifically, because his style is profoundly welcoming and he is so committed to bringing home the prodigal, his more pastoral style can be easily twisted by people who's agenda runs contrary to the Church.Instead of complaining about this, we need to rise to the challenge.  To help us all do that, I'll be regularly posting quotes from Pope Francis on the very topics he's allegedly "soft" on; … [Read more...]

Papa Francis, The Prodigal, and “the Good Son.”

How do you feel about Pope Francis' style?I've been praying a lot about my reactions to Pope Francis as well the reactions I have read from my fellow Catholic culture warriors.    I have friends--sometimes of the more liberal persuasion (but not all)--who think Pope Francis is an incredible breath of fresh air.  I have other friends--usually more conservative--who can't believe how much this guy is, in their minds, stinking up the joint.Ambivalence ObservedAs for me, well, I've been a … [Read more...]

Calling All Franco-phobes, “Be not afraid!”

A lot of people--especially conservatives and traditionalists--are freaking out about Pope Francis comments, especially his most recent interview for America magazine.  Don't get me wrong.  I'm not unsympathetic.  Even though Pope Francis is not overturning any doctrines or giving out "Get Into Heaven Free" passes to the lowest bidders, he does have a VERY different style that requires some getting used to after the more charismatically catechetical (chasmachetical?) approach of Pope John Paul II … [Read more...]

Why Wills? In which We Recall the Last Time Popcak took Wills to the Woodshed

Ah, Garry Wills.  My favorite professorial poseur and religious rebel-without-a clue.   He's back with a new argument for using books as kindling in the form of a doorstop titled, Why Priests?  A Failed Tradition.  Stephen Colbert has some fun with him on the topic the other day and does a fairly good job responding (although he doesn't challenge Wills demonstrably false assertion that Augustine didn't support the priesthood.) Take a look.I really have to wonder what anyone sees in this guy. … [Read more...]

Holy Sex! More Resources for Infallible Loving

When my book, Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to Toe Curling, Mind Blowing, Infallible Loving came out in 2008, it was (to my knowledge) the first and (again, to my knowledge) still is the only book to which faithful Catholics can turn to address real,  practical questions about sex, sexuality, and sexual problems.And although Holy Sex! continues to be the only published resource that exists to help faithful, Catholic married couples celebrate the fullness of their marital love, I am pleased to re … [Read more...]

Can I Get A Witness?!?

A little Gospel Public Service Announcement from the Staff and Management of Faith on the Couch.Keep Yo Business of Yo Facebook.Somebody give me an Amen. … [Read more...]

COMING MONDAY on More2Life Radio–When Faith Divides

Coming Monday: When Faith Divides--In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says, "Do you think I came to bring peace?"  We'll look at those times when our faith puts us at odds with others and how to work toward peace in spite of those differences.Plus, TOB Insitute's Bill Donaghy reflects on how the Theology of the Body both challenges the culture and allows us to engage it more effectively.Call in at 877-573-7825 from Noon-1 Eastern (11-Noon Central) with your questions aboutCan’t get M2L on a Ca … [Read more...]


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