August 24, 2018

…made timely again by the various calls from various sectors for us to do penance and pray for the Church in this hour of monstrous scandal: Doing Penance for Others A reader asks: My question is, and I am asking you in email because I just am not sure how to word it to pick-up the right stuff through site searches, how are we as Catholics (or Christians in general if that is a more correct way to put it)… Read more

August 23, 2018

over at The Catholic Weekly is up: Babies come from mommies and daddies, cars come from builders, and trees come from acorns. And though adults may simply rest content with that explanation, little children inevitably ask, “Where do the parents, builders, and acorns come from?” And so we find that everything participates in a ‘Great Chain of Being’ which takes us further and further into the past until we get to the Big Bang itself. In the normal course of… Read more

August 22, 2018

For a documented period of time spanning 70 years, priests ranging from lowly parish priests to Cardinals raped and sexually assaulted boys and girls, men and women and bishops covered it up and protected themselves from punishment for doing it. The blame for this has been placed on laypeople for disregarding Humanae Vitae abortion contraception homosexuals all gay priests the media for reporting it liberals feminists infiltrating the Church a plot by Communists Fr. James Martin Vatican II bad liturgy… Read more

August 21, 2018

You can go here to add your signature. God has shown the strength of God’s arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. God has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. (Lk 1:51-52) Statement of Catholic Theologians, Educators, Parishioners, and Lay Leaders On Clergy Sexual Abuse in the United States On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a comprehensive grand jury report documenting the sexual abuse of over… Read more

August 20, 2018

…on Connecting the Dots.  Give it a listen here: Read more

August 18, 2018

Ol’ Dot’s canonization is still active, and we have never needed a saint like her more: a woman at once deeply Catholic, deeply counter-cultural, and deeply American in the very best sense of the word.   And she was a tough broad who didn’t hold with the celebrity stuff, as every real saint always does. She was fierce advocate for the least of these who didn’t fall for the Judas Iscariot line about stripping the Churches of beauty and giving the… Read more

August 17, 2018

It’s been a helluva week for the American Church. The hideous scabs ripped off the Churches in Pennsylvania are terrible beyond description. And we all know that there is more to come, not only across America, but across the globe. Sure, the crimes are old ones for the most part. The reforms in the Mid-00s did make real progress, which is why we no longer seeing abusers being shuffled around, but given the boot after the institution of those reforms…. Read more

August 16, 2018

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August 15, 2018

For endless eons, Mother Earth has strained Heavenward. Strange sea life with new-minted eyes bumping weird heads on the surface pane of sky. Crawling fish on stump legs squinted at the sun and, driven by some bone-deep call, pushed on through ages to branch and breed: groping for life, for Word, for a Home-leap to the End that was Before there was Need. It all came to the bitter needle’s point in her: a Yes who assented to bear forth… Read more

August 15, 2018

All the warnings in the gospels are given, not to Those Unbelievers Over There but to the Church and, above all, to the Church’s ministers.  Consider this saying: “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes;… Read more

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