The Church Must Speak With One Strong Voice Against Homophobia


 "Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?" And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Then he will say to those at his left hand, "You that are accursed, depart from me … [Read more...]

Protestantism And A Human Understanding Of Time


Sorry for being a little polemical but if y'all know me y'all know I can't help it.When I played fantasy apologetical debates in my head--as one does--the other day, I was struck by the fact that many Protestant doctrines (i.e. "errors") are in fact the result of having a human, rather than divine, understanding of time. We humans experience time one-dimensionally. But we know for a fact that time is not actually one-dimensional; and to God, certainly, it isn't. If God is truly id quo maius … [Read more...]

“You Cannot Steal Sheep If The Shepherd Is Doing His Job”


For some reason, I happened upon this PBS segment on Episcopalians joining the Catholic Church. As a Catholic, and one who thinks the personal ordinariates are a stroke of genius by Benedict, which will bear much fruit, this was a feel-good moment.At one point in the story, a woman from one of the Episcopal congregations which joined the Church is asked about "sheep-stealing," and said: "You cannot steal sheep if the shepherd is doing his job." At first I was like, "Yeaaaaahh! Right … [Read more...]

New Distributism 2 — Mistakes To Avoid For Theologians Talking About Economics


I am writing a series of columns on Catholic social doctrine. Here's all of them.(Note: the series starts with criticism of the status quo, but it gets better, don't worry.)--In my previous column, I articulated what in my view is the most important critique of most current Catholic thinking on economics : to put it simply, a lack of imagination. I maintain that to say this is the opposite of a surface critique—it is a fundamental critique. Why? Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a … [Read more...]

Fasting As Poetry


I'm Catholic. I'm French. It won't surprise you that food and drink have a big part in my life.And, of course, this is wholly in accord with the Gospel. We have been baptized as priests, which means we are called upon to divinize the world (this is what sacraments do). Jesus gave Himself to us as food and drink--food that is given to us by the Earth of the Lord's good creation, but passes through men's work before it can be consecrated and transubstantiated. To make food and drink is to … [Read more...]