I’ll be speaking at St. John the Baptist parish at 7:00 PM about Our Lady tomorrow night, February 21.  Don’t miss it if you can! And I’ll be back next week, February 28 at 7:00 PM to talk about the Real Presence in the Eucharist! And then again on March 5 at 7:00 PM to talk about the catholic approach to reading the bible and to discuss the four senses of scripture. Don’t miss it if you can! Read more

She is in ICU with dangerously low sodium levels and they fear for her life. Father, grant Gloria complete healing in body, soul, and spirit.  Give her caregivers grace, compassion, wisdom, counsel, knowledge, skill, creativity, insight, understanding and the proper technology to assist in her complete healing and give her and all who love her grace, peace, consolation, strength, faith, hope, and love.  Mother Mary and St. Luke, pray for her.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Read more

“The real problem is the human heart. Until we fix that, there is no point in passing gun laws” is, in fact, a profoundly anti-Christian statement. What the Church teaches and has always taught is that it is utterly delusional to believe that the human heart will be “fixed” in this life and that it is wildly imprudent to think that all, or even the majority, of human beings are likely to have progressed in holiness to sanctity in this… Read more

She suggests that we should all write our senators and congressmen to bring back the 20 week abortion ban for a vote and in exchange conservatives will give on the assault weapon ban again. I wonder if the fanatics on both sides will succeed in stopping such an eminently sensible proposal or if the reasonable people can see that this is win/win for everybody and beat them? I once offered a similar proposal–repeal both Roe and the Second Amendment–to see… Read more

My latest over at the Catholic Weekly. Here’s a taste: One of the paradoxes of life in liturgical Churches is the odd popularity of Ash Wednesday. People who resent the very idea of Holy Days of Obligation come in droves to the liturgy of Ash Wednesday, even though it is not a Holy Day. Indeed, they seem to come, almost because it is not a Holy Day. And I suspect that if the Church were to make it a Holy… Read more

the Director of the Vatican Observatory. The man is a hoot! You gotta hear this one! Read more

Charlie Camosy interviews Jessica Keating of the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives in the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame: The story of how you came to the pro-life movement is an interesting one. Can you share a bit of it? I really stumbled into the pro-life movement. I received Confirmation after college and to be honest, I don’t think I could’ve articulated my reasons at the time. I was deeply compelled by the Church’s… Read more

One of the greatest chefs in the world wants to feed the hungry: For chefs, worldwide renown often leads to lucrative expansion deals: Restaurants in tourism capitals like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Vegas, and Dubai are almost a given. That’s one reason why it’s so surprising that Massimo Bottura, the chef at Modena’s Osteria Francescana — one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in Italy, and the world — has expanded in a different way, keeping just one full-service restaurant (with all of… Read more

Rev. William Barber is absolutely right: Most pastors say they preach the truth. The Rev. William Barber also delivers sermons on another topic: “the trick.” The trick is Barber’s term for something that he describes as a weapon of mass distraction. It stymied the leaders of the populist movement in late 19th century. It vexed union leaders who promoted workers’ solidarity. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to beat the trick. The trick is when white politicians persuade poor white working class… Read more

Franklin Graham declares Trump sin-free since receiving the Sacrament of Inauguration: Franklin Graham: Trump stopped sinning when he became President. pic.twitter.com/5zpT4lu4ou — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 24, 2018 The last we heard from the Apostle to the Rich White Males, he was declaring Trump forgiven for sleeping with a porn star while Melania recovered from childbirth. As Christianists do, he did not bother to consult with Melania, because Trump certainly does not attract callous misogynists to his orbit or anything…. Read more

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