Why is Pope Francis’ Visit to Philly Important?

This report says that while the Vatican has yet to confirm the date, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has indicated that Pope Francis will visit the city for next September’s World Meeting of Families. If the pope is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love next fall what’s the big deal? Kathy Schiffer reports here that the [Read More...]

Thundering Through With St James

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Here is my latest article for Catholic Exchange. It’s unlocks an interesting detail about St James and the dating of the New Testament. Bible scholars piece together details of evidence to build up a full picture of the New Testament authorship and dates. Their work is like that of a detective—picking up a hint here and [Read More...]

Tough Love and the Sacred Heart

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Here is this week’s article for Integrated Catholic Life. Readers of the blog will notice that it is re-worked ideas that have been posted here previously. The love of God is sweet and tender, but it is also astringent and tough. We have to be sweet and salty at the same time. We have to [Read More...]

Time, Tradition and T.S.Eliot

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T.S.Eliot is not only my favorite poet, but one of my favorite people. I like his anti-poet attitude. In an age where the individual poet was meant to be a bohemian dreamer living on a crust of bread in a squalid garret Eliot wore a three piece suit and got a job at a bank. [Read More...]

Dads – Give Your Kids a Literary Kick Start

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Here’s my article for the National Catholic Register on the importance of Dads reading stories to their kids. The reason children with active dads succeed is because the father helps the child to cope with the outside world. The mother is home-based. She helps a child know how to love and relate to others in [Read More...]

Medjugorje a Hoax?

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Today’s big Catholic news is that the CDF have seemingly barred the faithful from participating in events which assume that the visions at Medjugorje are authentic. I went to to Medjugorge in the early 1980s and had astounding things happen, and credit that visit with being one of the boosts that brought me into the Catholic [Read More...]


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