A crie de coeur from a layperson to her priest

A reader sent along this beautiful letter she sent her priest: “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” (Pope Paul VI, Address to the Members of the Consilium de Laicis (2 October 1974): AAS 66 (1974), p. 568.) I begin, as I [Read More...]

Is the Pope Protestant?

No.  The Church is Christian. If the notion of the Catholic faith as a living relationship with Jesus Christ sounds un-Catholic to you, you’re doing it wrong.  The entire raison d’etre of the Church is to form disciples of Jesus Christ. [Read more...]

Interesting and Beautiful Follow-up to our Five Stages of Intentional Discipleship Discussion

A reader writes: In light of all the flak you’ve been getting with all this Elton John craziness, I thought you might like to hear my experiences as someone who identified as an out-and-proud bisexual member of my college’s gay community before my conversion and am now fully docile to Church teaching on sexuality despite [Read More...]

Fr. Robert Barron on Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples

These two people have an awful lot of good to say and do for the Church. I thank God for them both. If you have not read Forming Intentional Disciples, rush right out and get it. One of the most important books of the decade. [Read more...]

Sherry Weddell is Everywhere

The United States is experiencing a “transition from a strong cultural Catholicism to an intentional Catholicism,” and that requires “a new evangelization (that) responds to the questions of today,” said Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. His use of the phrase “Intentional Catholicism” is the sign signaling that Cardinal O’Malley has started internalizing what Sherry Weddell [Read More...]

Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples

…is rocking the Catholic world. It has sold around 40,000 copies (a *gigantic* number for a Catholic book) and is OSV’s #1 bestseller. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is one of the most important Catholic books written this decade. Go get it here. [Read more...]

A really fine exchange between Tom Kreitzberg and a reader upset by Pope Francis

A reader writes: Mark, any chance for a little compassion for people who are feeling nervous? Could you maybe come alongside us and walk with us a bit and maybe share your faith and optimism? Any chance that instead of yelling and shaming people who are feeling uneasy, you could maybe instead show us the [Read More...]

Sarah Reinhard has a fine review of “Forming Intentional Disciples”…

here. If you haven’t read it, you really should. It’s one of the most important books of the decade. Get it here. [Read more...]

Laypeople are 99.999% of the Church

“If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.” -Archbishop Charles Chaput A reader comments: AMEN. A lot of our brethren need to spend less time worrying about what the bishops are doing/saying and more time speaking up publicly (while it’s [Read More...]

Whoa! A Trifecta of People I Think the World of!

So fellow Patheosi Frank Weathers interviews my pal Rod Bennett on Forming Intentional Disciples (a project spearheaded by my other near and dear friend Sherry Weddell).  What’s not to love? What?  What do you mean you’ve not read Forming Intentional Disciples and put your shoulder to the wheel behind this hugely important mission?  Here, let [Read More...]


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