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

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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

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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...]