The final days march past: Was there any news in Lent 2014?

Let’s face it folks. There is a very real possibility that this posts exists as a rather flimsy excuse to post this wonderfully ironic Baton Rouge, La., photograph sent by a witty priest to Rod “friend of this blog” Dreher. Now Lent is almost over, so it’s now or never. Actually, this photo does symbolize [Read More...]

Did Pope Francis have to go to confession?

RACHAEL ASKS: Who does the pope go to if he has to go to confession or is he exempt because he’s the pope? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: The pope gets no pass because he’s the pope. Pope Francis, who has shown a flair for the dramatic his first year in office, demonstrated this in highly [Read More...]

One thing wrong with that ‘give up one thing for Lent’ thing

I don’t know precisely when it happened, but somewhere during the past decade or two Lent became cool for all kinds of people, including Godbeat reporters. Lent wasn’t just for Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox (whoever they were) anymore. Lent was for edgy free-church Protestants, bookish evangelicals and all of the mainline Protestants, not just [Read More...]

Keeping Lent: Not once a year but four times

TERRY (YES, that TERRY) ASKS: Whatever happened to the Lenten disciplines that used to be part of Advent, in the weeks before Nativity? How do they differ from the season of Lent? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: As Christendom nears the annual season of Lent, this refers to the Orthodox Church’s little-known practice of not just [Read More...]

Got news? A fishy hole in all those Lent stories

So it’s a Friday in Lent (only in Western churches, at this point), so what did you have for lunch? As a convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, I have always been interested in how other ancient churches — think Rome and, to some degree, Canterbury — handle the great fasting seasons. When you add them all [Read More...]


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