Chronicle Ad Spawns Plethora of Open Letters: Fire My Bishop, Too!

Readers at this blog, inspired by the knowledge that Pope Francis is just as likely to read Patheos as he is to read The Chronicle, have been inquiring whether they can place advertisements addressed to the Holy Father concerning their bishops, too.  I'm not strictly sure whether my contract allows me to accept payment for such things, so I'm running a few for free.  As you can see, there are many, many bishops guilty of offenses along the same lines as Archbishop Cordileone. Dear Pope Fr … [Read more...]

Are You Smarter than a “Prominent Catholic?” Archbishop Cordileone Rocks the Gospel.

The trouble with being Catholic is that there's not a quiz at the door.  One can thus rise to "prominent Catholic" status without knowing anything much at all about the Catholic faith, as readers of The Chronicle will have observed in the advertisement taken out by San Francisco citizens deeply concerned that Archbishop Cordileone is acting like a Catholic.It's not a particular surprise that the signatories are confused about their faith, since they also seem to think Pope Francis reads th … [Read more...]

The Best Catholic Speaker You’ve Never Seen or Heard

Follow-up to my previous post, here's Christian LeBlanc teaching the Catholic faith in a grainy video recorded without an audience in a first-take, just-spit-it-out presentation:Lovely example of how he integrates Theology of the Body into Bible history.While you wait for someone to break down and give this man a proper camera crew, here's the book you want: … [Read more...]

Three Great Ways to Help Parents Teach Their Children the Faith

In a follow-up on the topic of getting the parent-Church relationship right, here are three best practices to add to your arsenal: 1. Peanut Butter and Grace Susan Windley-Daoust writes: Jen, thanks for the Patheos article on what's wrong with parishes doing religious ed as first responders. A number of people have forwarded it to me, saying, PB and Grace is addressing this!Well, we hope so. If you want to take a look, its a new small Catholic press dedicated to making family faith … [Read more...]

The Kissable God

The feasts of the liturgical year intertwine.  At Christmas we adore the baby Jesus, cuddly, but it's on Good Friday that the liturgy invites us to come forward and give that grown-up baby a kiss.  God become man, a man we can hold, and touch, and thank.  And then on Easter, Mary Magdalene, apostle to the Apostles, mistress of tenderness, embraces that Man and is told to let go: There is more still coming.There is still more coming.  From the God who can be kissed.Happy Eas … [Read more...]

Two Foolproof Ways to Improve Church Attendance

Dear Pope Francis,Other people have shared their ideas with you on how to bring more people back to the faith or into the fold. Their ideas vary from the predictable (evangelization) to the ludicrous (changing Church teaching).  Today my son and I would like to urge you to implement two reforms that are nearly guaranteed to work, and which hardly cost anything at all. 1. Add More Sacraments I understand that we're or more less stuck with the seven we've got, but you are a Jesuit, so I feel … [Read more...]

New Entries for Our French-Redneck Dictionary

So I've got four high school students sitting at my kitchen table, and we're going over the passé composé today, that stalwart French tense that is the bane of first-year students.  I grab a random verb from the list in the textbook, renverser, to spill.  Because they have an evil instructor who gives difficult quizzes at the start of every class session (the better to learn from, my dear) I remind them that a phrase such as j'ai renversé . . .  [insert your own object, or wait five minutes and o … [Read more...]