The Sin of Sodom

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Where does the word “Sodomy” come from and what does it mean? The word refers to the city of Sodom–a city in the Book of Genesis which, along with Gomorrah, was known for the wickedness of its inhabitants. In Catholic moral theology sodomy is one of the sins that “cry out to heaven”.  These four [Read More...]

Immaculata: from the Head to the Heart

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It is often said that the longest journey is from the head to the heart. In other words, we can sometimes understand something intellectually, but until it gets into the heart–the seat of emotion and the seat of our will–it will only ever be a good idea. This is what happened to me with the [Read More...]

Do Catholics Have a Personal Relationship With Jesus?

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In the combox a reader asks, Father, regarding your reference to the “personal relationship with Jesus” that evangelicals emphasize … what is that? I hear that a lot in Catholic circles now also … but I have never seen it explained. How does one recognize that experience or how does it feel? The evangelicals seem [Read More...]

May Day

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We used to have a May Day celebration in the elementary school I attended in Pennsylvania. There was a May King and Queen and the little kids were the may court. They’d process out to Pomp and Circumstance and watch the other kids perform class by class. Some classes did square dancing or a little [Read More...]

Mormons and Modernism

The ceaseless smiling Mormon ads on Patheos have generated a fair bit of discussion on these blogs, and I have learned a good deal about this new religion. One of the details was the authorship of the Book of Abraham–one of the books in the Mormon scriptures. It’s a fascinating story. In 1830 or thereabouts [Read More...]

Is Catholicism Pagan?

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I’ve enjoyed welcoming a good number of new readers to the blog since coming over to Patheos. The comment box has been filled with lively discussion, and I always enjoy attracting some of the err, more eccentric readers who are out there. Here’s a comment in response to a picture post I had of Pope [Read More...]


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