Padre Pio. Just A Simple Priest.


Today is the feast of St. Pio of Pietralcina, known to most of his devotees as simply Padre Pio. He received the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) at a very young age and they remained until he died. Ironically, as this bio notes, he lived sick and died healthy, with the stigmata healed.Despite the stigmata, he was in many ways, just a simple priest.I'm named after him; so when I had the opportunity to visit San Giovanni Rotondo, where he lived most of his life as a Capuchin and a priest, … [Read more...]

Link Between Birth Control and MS?


A new study indicates that there may be a link between some forms of oral contraceptives and multiple sclerosis.As a Catholic, I see a lot of reasons as to why the Catholic teaching on birth control makes sense. Others have done a fine job explaining those reasons, most notably Prof. Janet Smith . Patrick Coffin also does a great job in his book Sex Au Naturel. And of course, there's Simcha Fisher. There are many others, but these are a few to address the basic question of Church … [Read more...]

Newsflash: Man Puts Family Before His Career. Man Is Happy.

jump for joy

Scott Behson at the WSJ recently did a post on a man who gave up a high level position to spend more time with his family and... he's happy. Last month, Max Schireson gave up his job running a billion-dollar startup to spend more time with his family. And he couldn’t be happier. Part of me thinks this is a fantastic article. The other part of me finds it incredibly funny in the ironic sense. Think about it. It's newsworthy for a reason, perhaps for many reasons. We don't see a whole lot of men … [Read more...]

Just Let Cardinal Dolan Do His Job.


Elizabeth Scalia took a lot of flak for her  piece, "Dolan is Charged to Model Christ, Not the Pharisees," in which she defended the Cardinal's decision to continue as Grand Marshal in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade even though it will be the first time that an identifying gay group will also be marching.Look, I get it. We've been disappointed by the leadership of the Catholic Church on more than one occasion. I also get that we all see things differently and have our own thoughts as to … [Read more...]

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...]