Catholics Come Out Guns A Blazin’

I watched a forgettable film the other evening called Tombstone. It was a predictable Western with Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday shooting up the OK Corral. It made me think of this week’s shoot out between Fr Martin and his pals and some conservative commentators. Both sides came out guns a-blazin’ about Fr Martin’s rather slight and sentimental book about being friendly to gay people. But is it really worth all the nastiness? Fr. Z posed questions about Fr Martin’s suitability as a speaker… Read more

The Flying Monk?

Today is the feast day of St Joseph of Cupertino. To learn about his life go here. Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his impoverished mother gave birth to him in a stable. The poor boy started out with no advantages and his misfortune continued. To put it bluntly, he was stupid to the point of being unteachable. Everything he attempted… Read more

Next Up to Bat – Pius XIII?

Richard Gaillardetz is a theology professor at Boston College, and he’s penned this insightful essay over at America Magazine. He guides us through the development of various understandings of papal authority, and the historical overview is very interesting. He points out how Pope St John Paul II was the most prolific of papal authors, and how Pope Benedict XVI was clear that he could sometimes write as a personal theologian even while he was pope, and how Benedict was noted for… Read more

Catholic Socialism. Whatzat?

Dr. Taylor Marshall is a pretty amazing guy. He’s a novelist, theologian, Bible scholar, online educator and amazing convert. In this post he corrects the idea that there is such a thing as Catholic Socialism Go here to read more. Read more

Sharing the Passion of Christ

Why does God allow good people to suffer? Read more

The Three Kings and King Arthur

When I lived in England I made a visit to a place in Somerset called the Cadbury Hill Fort. It is an ancient hilltop settlement which, in various times was used as a fort, castle or fortified village. Some historians believe it was the location of King Arthur’s Camelot. When you visit it can be pretty convincing. We camped overnight and the next morning, rising from the mist was the Great Glastonbury tor in the town where Arthur was supposedly… Read more

Standing on My Head is On the Move

I’ve been blogging here at Patheos for a good number of years now and I’m grateful to the Patheos team for hosting my blog and widening my audience. However, in the next week or so I will be moving my blog to my own website. This enables me to return to a more personal style and to open the comments box again. There will be no ads and I will be speaking to perhaps a smaller audience about life, the… Read more

Does Everybody Live Happily Ever After?

Excuse me for being critical of the USA, but it always happens after I return from Europe. But seriously, have you ever noticed how so much of American culture is like one big trip to Disneyland? Its like everybody is expected to be happy and healthy and smiling and successful all the time. 24-7 Now far be it from me to be a spoil sport, a party pooper or one to rain on anybody’s parade, but its not realistic is… Read more

The Latitude Attitude

Collectors of long words should be happy with “latitudinarianism.” This was an attitude which developed within Anglicanism in the seventeenth century and has become pretty much the status quo in the Church of England. From Wikipedia: Latitudinarians, or latitude men were initially a group of 17th-century English theologians – clerics and academics – from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, who were moderate Anglicans In particular, they believed that adhering to very specific doctrines, liturgical practices, and church organizational forms, as did… Read more

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