November 9 – My Late Grandmother’s 100th Birthday

Tomorrow, November 9, would have been the 100th birthday of my maternal grandmother, Frances Guido, who died in 2002. (To the right is a picture of her in the 1930s when she served as her niece's sponsor for Confirmation. Below is a picture of my Grandmother and my sister, Lizzie, from the early 1980s, standing on the stoop of my Grandma's Brooklyn home). In Return to Rome, I write about my Grandmother and the years I lived with her (1984-1987) while I was studying for my PhD at Fordham … [Read more...]

Another Protestant Theologian on Reformation Day: Timothy George

Timothy George and Pope Benedict XVI

Here is my latest entry in my week-long commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31).In an October 30, 2009 piece published in First Things, Timothy George offers a different Protestant perspective on Reformation Day than the one offered by Stanley Hauerwas, about which I blogged yesterday.  A friend with whom I have participated in several public dialogues concerning Evangelicals and Catholics, George is the Dean of the Beeson Divinity Schoolat Samford University in Birmingham, … [Read more...]

Five doctrinal issues that divide Catholics and Protestants

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In my second installment for the week of Reformation Day are links to five articles I published over at The Catholic Thing. Each deals with a doctrinalissue over which Catholics and Protestants disagree:Justification: “Was Aquinas a Proto-Protestant?” The Catholic Thing (09 December 2010) Sola Scriptura: “Revelation, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium.” The Catholic Thing (16 September 2011) The Eucharist: “Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone.” The Catholic … [Read more...]

I’ve Joined the Faculty of the Envoy Institute’s Catholic Apologetics Academy

I am pleased to announce that yesterday I accepted an invitation to be on the faculty of the Catholic Apologetics Academy of the Envoy Institute. Included among my colleagues are Patrick Madrid (Envoy's president) and philosophers Edward Feser and Peter Kreeft. You can read more about CAA here.I anticipate that my lectures will focus on what I've been doing for most of my career as both a Protestant and a Catholic: discussing philosophical, social, and cultural issues in which once … [Read more...]

Giving the Banquet Keynote Address at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference, August 1-4

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It is truly an honor to announce that I will be giving the banquet keynote address at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference.  According to the website: The Third Annual Napa Institute Conference will take place from Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, CA.In 2013, conference themes will include the Sanctity of Work, Building a Catholic Culture, and Reason & Faith. Speakers and Prelates in attendance for 2013 include:Archbishops José Gom … [Read more...]

On Confirmation: A Letter to Darby Beckwith

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. This is how it is introduced: What follows is a letter from the author to his 16-year-old niece Darby Beckwith. She recently asked him to be her Confirmation sponsor. In his book, Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic, he tells the story of when 8-year-old Darby called him in 2005 and asked why he and his wife, Frankie, were not Catholic. Two years later Darby’s aunt and uncle were received into the Catholic Ch … [Read more...]

Habemus Papam Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)

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Habemus Papam Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Pope Paul VI)

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Habemus Papam Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (Pope Pius XII)

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Habemus Papam Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I)

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