Was Raul Castro Joking About His Return to the Church?

Cuban President Raul CastroBy Agecom Bahia [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

So what do you think:  Was Cuban President Raul Castro mocking Pope Francis when he said that the Holy Father had inspired him, that after reading his speeches and becoming impressed by the Pope's "wisdom and modesty," he might consider returning to prayer and returning to the Catholic Faith?Berta Soler, head of the Cuban human rights movement "Ladies In White", thinks so.  In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Soler claimed that Castro was"...mocking the Holy Father when … [Read more...]

8 Bad Reasons to Leave the Catholic Church, and 1 Good Reason to Stay


There's been a lot of conversation on-line over the past few days regarding a column by Mark Judge over at RealClearReligion. Judge, a columnist at The Daily Caller and the author of A Tremor of Bliss: Sex, Catholicism, and Rock 'n' Roll, explained why he left the Catholic Church.IT'S BECAUSE HE'S AN ARTIST.Judge is discouraged by what he considers the Catholic Church's "negative, obstructionist, and soul-crushing" attitude towards the arts.  As an example of the way to win souls, Judge c … [Read more...]

HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]