“Outside the Church, No Salvation” is true

…but then again “we don’t know where “outside” is. We know where the Church is. We do not know where it is not. Bonus essay:  It Didn’t Go Out with Vatican II [Read more…]

Pious Fantasy and the Liberty of the Believer

Today’s Sheaving in honor of the Feast of Holy Innocents [Read more…]

Since it’s the Feast of St. John…

I offer you this action-packed Sheaving I wrote some time ago on the question “Is John the Author of His Gospel?” The link was busted but I fixed it. [Read more…]

Exalted Felicitations of the Weekend!

Pilgrim’s Progress: In which we contemplate the ironies of the Pilgrim Adventure as it played out through American history. [Read more…]

Get Religion on the Use of the Word “Devout”

They, like me, thinks it’s a word the press beats to death on the flimsiest provocation. Which gives me a chance to run a little piece I wrote some time ago called “Vatican Cracks Down on Devout Catholic Bus Plunges“–a title I am far too smugly pleased about. [Read more…]

Von Balthasar on Global Theatre

Interesting piece here. And being as how I’m Irish and not afraid to stick my oar in and blather about stuff in ways vastly inferior to a great thinker like Von B, here, here, and here is a little series I did some time back on the relation of theatre and the Faith. [Read more…]

Christian Democracy Has to Live in Tension

…between our dignity and our fallenness.  Yr. Obdt. Svt’s contribution to the fledgling webzine Christian Democracy. [Read more…]

A little primer on indulgences

Whenever the Pope grants an indulgence, a certain percentage of people freak out and panic that this is simony (selling grace) or some return to works salvation or some other sort of medieval superstition. Actually, indulgences are simply the world’s most misunderstood spiritual gifts and they make perfect sense. Think of them as scholarships for [Read More…]

Periodically there is a kerfuffle about Muslims worshipping the same God we do

Before 9/11/01, it wasn’t such a big deal. But after that, a lot of Catholics were shocked and offended to hear the Church teaches: CCC 841 The Church’s relationship with Muslims. The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold [Read More…]

Avoiding the Genetic Fallacy

…over at Catholic World Report. [Read more…]