What Do Young Americans Think of Jesus–And How Can We Change Their Minds?

PRAYING HANDS (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer.  Wikimedia Commons.  This photo is in the public domain.

Well, Easter has passed.  We remember with gratitude that Jesus lived, died on the Cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead.But what does that really mean?  Unfortunately, for too many American Christians, it doesn't mean as much as one might hope. A new research report by the Barna Research Group demonstrates that "Americans’ dedication to Jesus is, in most cases, a mile wide and an inch deep.”David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, discusses the findings in their phone and … [Read more...]

A Conversion of Consequence: Russell Saltzman Has Crossed the Tiber

Russell E. Saltzman

It is with great pleasure that I welcome my friend Russell E. Saltzman, a former Lutheran pastor and a former journalist, into the Catholic Faith.In the years since we became internet friends, Russ--who has been a columnist for First Things--has shared delightful stories about his friendship with the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus.  I was pleased, a few months ago, to review Russ's book Speaking of the Dead: When We All Fall Down, a book of funeral homilies which offered a glimpse into Russ' f … [Read more...]

The Conversion of Fr. Ignatius, Ancestor of Princess Diana of Wales

Did you know that Princess Diana of Wales had a relative who may become a Catholic saint?I once knew this story--but it had fallen from memory until I read an article by Simon Caldwell in today's Catholic Herald. In his article about Prince William, Caldwell mentioned the great-great-great uncle of the Prince's mother, Diana, who was an Anglican vicar until he converted to Catholicism at the age of 31.  Once Catholic, he was ordained a priest and ultimately became a Passionist.Caldwell ex … [Read more...]