A Clarification: Difficult Times, Difficult Thoughts

Some clarifications. There were some who took exception to my calling the pope “wrong” yesterday. I want to be clear: I believe it was a mistake to open up a rejected proposal for debate and bring discredited theologians and leaders back into prominence. Most troubling is his personal support of Cardinal Danneels, which is inexcusable and reflects very [Read More…]

Is This Synod the Most Dangerous Crisis in the History of the Church?

It is to hear some people tell it. I think it was this video that got me thinking about Pius VI, but all the daft ranting of the past year certainly played a part in my realization that people have no context for what they’re experiencing. I’ve written a bit about Pius, his times, and the [Read More…]

14 Reasons I Stay Catholic #WhyRemainCatholic

1. Jesus is Lord The incarnation is the pivot point of history. God became man so that man could become God. Once you understand and accept this it’s like a thunderclap. I spent a long time not believing it. When I found myself no longer able to deny it, it was like door being opened [Read More…]

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Are You A Welcome Light?

There’s a prayer in the Divine Office that asks Teach us to work for the good of all, whether the time is right or not; make your Church a welcome light for the whole human family. Am I a welcoming light? When I speak and write and teach about the Church, do I draw people [Read More…]

Bishop O’Connell On His Recovery, the Synod, and More

I had a chance to interview the Most Reverend David O’Connell, Bishop of Trenton, about his recovery from an emergency amputation, his Lent, the synod, and his diocese. An excerpt: Has [your recovery] given this Lent any added meaning? It’s something that has been part of my own movement into Lent. I’m conscious of this [Read More…]