Don’t Make The Church A Stepford Wife

Fr. Dwight Longnecker set me up for one of my soapboxes this morning. He published a piece, "Men At Church", touching on how the Roman Catholic liturgy draws men. I have no quibbles with men being attracted to the Church and her liturgy, in fact I wish more were. My concern lies in his derogative use of the word "feminization."For example - This is why the feminization of the liturgy is so unattractive to men. When well-meaning liturgists and priests feel they have to make everything in the … [Read more...]

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UPDATED: What did the Pope say on the way back from Mexico…?

The headlines this morning told us the following -"Pope Francis Says Contraception Justified in Regions Hit by Zika Virus" (WSJ, Francis Rocca - may require subscription) "Pope Suggests Contraception Can Be Condoned In The Zika Crisis" (AP, Nicole Winfield) "Pope Francis Signals Openness To Birth Control For Zika Virus" (Crux, Inés San Martín)Many other articles carried similar headlines. I cite these three because they are all written by journalists whom I've known to have very hig … [Read more...]

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6 Things You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

Various people subscribe to the maxim, "Never let a crisis go to waste." Well, considering the Zika virus, it looks like the proponents of abortion and contraception see the current crisis as an opportunity to push their agenda. As usual, this is a band-aid approach to human well being and development. These treatments mask the real issues. In the case of the Zika virus, here are some things to consider.First, we really don’t know the numbers of fetuses that will be affected by Zika. At this … [Read more...]

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Future for the US Church? Stop Evangelizing Through the Courts and the Legislature.

Like many, I grew up in a Catholic family, attended Catholic grade school, CCD, youth group, Mass, etc. I even got confirmed a year earlier than I should have. No, I wasn't pious. I just wanted to be confirmed with all my friends and they happened to be older than I. (To this day, I'm convinced that the Holy Spirit used this to my good.) But I didn’t believe in most of it because I didn’t even know what there was to believe.It wasn't until I attended a dynamic Catholic college, that I act … [Read more...]

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Dear David Brooks: I Needed That Laugh. Thanks!

David Brooks has a hilarious piece in The New York Times today.  (H/T James Taranto, "Best of the Web.") Arguing that it's not constructive to have culture wars, he offer some advice to Christians - We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements. Many communities have suffered a loss of social capital. Many young people grow up in a sexual and … [Read more...]

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Same-Sex Marriage Wasn’t Decided Today

It was decided decades ago, perhaps even almost 100 years ago. The United States population did not wake up a few years ago and say, "Hey, we want to redefine marriage." We have been living the redefinition of marriage for much longer.Some will point to the 7th Lambeth Conference in 1930, whereby the Anglican Church allowed for the use of birth control by married couples. Soon after, many other Christian denominations followed suit.Fast forward to 1968. One year before the summer of lo … [Read more...]

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