Why We Don’t Need Catholic/Christian Writers, Artists, etc.


Given a cultural milieu that seems to constantly fight basic Christian values, it's easy to understand why there's been a mission movement, one where Catholic/Christian content is generated for sympathetic audiences. However, the goal has been mission oriented and not the actual perfection of a skill.Hear me out.C.S. Lewis wrote, "We don't need more Christian writers; we need more writers who are Christian." I think we could apply this as a maxim to most professions/occupations.I … [Read more...]

Evangelization – Two Birds With One Stone

two birds one stone

Editors' Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Patheos community here.In 2006, I was on Chris Matthews' show "Hardball" to discuss the Da Vinci Code movie, released the evening of the episode we were doing in New York. Matthews, a Catholic himself, asked me why so many Catholics had read the book if, as I claimed, it was factually incorrect and not an accurate representation of the faith. I … [Read more...]

James Foley And Shifting Thoughts on Martyrdom.


Last week I wrote about James Foley and the increasing use of the word "martyr" in the wake of his execution. I'm pleased to note that others are having similar conversations, including David Gibson of Religion News Services. One of his recent RNS pieces is online at Huffington Post: "Is James Foley A Martyr? Brutal Death Sparks Faith-Based Debate."Gibson noted an important shift in the discussion about martyrdom: For example, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who lived under constant … [Read more...]

The Legion Defames A Woman. A Saint.

Mary Magdalen, played by Monica Bellucci in the film "The Passion"

Throughout the ongoing unraveling of the Legion of Christ, I have not written anything on the topic. I know people who are or were part of the Legion; but I'm not an expert on the Legion in any way.Nevertheless, today's article by Jason Berry has provoked me to action.Berry details the Legion's development of the Magdala Center at the Sea of Galilee in the Holy Land. Apparently, the Legion was given administrative control of the a Vatican property  in Jerusalem which was subsequently … [Read more...]

Is James Foley A Martyr? 16 Points To Consider.

Screenshot by ABCNews of James Foley just before his execution.

With the beheading of James Foley and the increasing reports of his Catholic faith, the word "martyr" is becoming more popular. Some would caution that we shouldn't use the word too lightly. I agree. At the same time, I also think martyrdom is more common than we realize. Here are 16 points (5+6+5) and few more for good measure.It's been happening for a long time. Christians (and others) are being killed for their faith, for what they believe and for what they refuse to believe. I didn't … [Read more...]

“When The Game Stands Tall” – It’s Not About The Game.


When a movie gives me perspective on where I'm at here and now in my life, I give it a thumbs up. In all honesty the new movie When The Game Stands Tall (in theaters tomorrow) surprised me in this regard.Let's face it. I'm the kind of person who, with the exception of this year's Super Bowl, watches the biggest football game of the year for...the commercials and the party. (This year was different since the Seattle Seahawks were playing, but then it really turned into a boring game when the … [Read more...]