14 Reasons I Stay Catholic #WhyRemainCatholic

Durer's "Adoration of the Trinity" captures some of the grandeur of Catholic faith

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?

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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...]

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

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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...]

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“The Rule” Documents a Benedictine Success Story in Newark

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I’m working on a story for the Register about a film called The Rule, which documents the monks of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark and their success in applying the Rule of St. Benedict to the education of at-risk youth in Newark. This is a film that needs to be seen and a story that needs to [Read More...]

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‘Desire of the Everlasting Hills’: A Powerful Witness to Catholic Teachings on Same-Sex Attraction

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Last Saturday, I spent the evening at Villanova speaking with three impressive and eloquent people. Paul, Dan, and Rilene all have same-sex attraction, and all have embraced the Church’s teaching on chastity. Their stories are told in Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a new documentary from Courage International. The approach is powerful and effective because [Read More...]

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Taking the Devil Seriously

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The reality of the devil was one of the hardest things for me to accept when I returned to the Church. When I made my choice to assent and submit to all the Church teaches, I knew I had a long road ahead of me. I knew that much pride and intellectual vanity and modernist [Read More...]

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Satan: A Small Skirmish Won, But the Battle Goes On

This has been an interesting week for the devil. Something extremely grave prompted Catholics to action: the proposed desecration of the Eucharist in a Satanic ceremony.  We can’t be naive about this: it goes on with some regularity, although how much no one can say. Satanism is secretive, and they don’t advertise what they do. [Read More...]

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How Badly Does Vox Explain Baptism in 130 Words?

Pretty badly. For those who don’t know, Vox is a website that attempts to “explain” the news in tiny little bits of compressed pseudo-information. When Sarah Palin made a spectacularly offensive comment about using water-boarding to baptize terrorists, the non-theists at Vox put on their ‘splaining caps and broke it down for us thusly. Let’s go [Read More...]

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