Married Priests


One of the standard hurdles thrown at Catholics is the question of why doesn't the Catholic Church allow married priests, particularly when there's a vocation crisis?[Aside - In interviews, I generally try to point out that we need to define what is meant by a "vocations crisis" because vocations to the clerical and religious lives are in fact thriving in some areas..]Fr. Dwight Longenecker, fellow blogger at here Patheos has a great column in ZENIT addressing precisely this question. … [Read more...]

Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Brings Out the Feminist in Me


The more I think about it, the more the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case bothers me. I don't disagree with the decision, but I don't like what it reveals about our culture. Case in point, Deroy Murdock listed all the contraceptives that were covered by Hobby Lobby before the decision and that would be covered after the decision. Here you go -Male condoms Female condoms Diaphragms with spermicide Sponges with spermicide Cervical caps with spermicide Spermicide … [Read more...]

And So It Starts – Spinning The Hobby Lobby Case


This is a picture of yesterday's San Jose Mercury News, front page, above the fold. The headline:CONTRACEPTIVE BENEFIT TAKES HITUnderneath that it reads:COMPANIES THAT OBJECT CAN NOW AVOID COVERAGE.Well, yes, maybe; but mostly no.Fact #1: The only companies that can avoid coverage are those which family run, have strongly held religious beliefs, and are closely run by the family. Fact #2: Most companies will not even consider cutting contraceptive coverage because offering … [Read more...]

Of Gods And Men


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the situation of Christians in Iraq. It was not good, judging from the email sent by a Dominican who was there.And things look worse now: Last Sunday, for the first time in 1600 years, no mass was celebrated in Mosul. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city on June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror, in new kinship with the torment of Christ crucified on the cross. The remnant of Mosul’s anc … [Read more...]

Action! – Two Quick Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Decision.


Yesterday's SCOTUS ruling on the Hobby Lobby case was a welcoming gesture not only towards religious freedom, but also freedom of conscience.Lots of people are commenting; so I'll offer a few quick thoughts myself. This decision doesn't mean that we rest and that the battle is over. Here are two considerations:Some states, definitely Washington state, already required businesses to offer contraception coverage before the HHS Mandate. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled clearly that … [Read more...]

When You Want Something Done, Ask A Woman – Archbishop Sample Consecrates Portland Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart


I'm making my way south to Los Angeles where I'll be teaching an adjunct theology course next month. Last night, we attended a vigil Mass in Brookings, Oregon, the southernmost part of the Archdiocese of Portland.Much, much, much to my surprise, at the end of Mass, the pastor announced that the Archbishop had asked each pastor in the Archdiocese to consecrate his parish and flock to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima. This is surprising if you know anything about the more recent … [Read more...]