That Salon Article – Pope Francis’ Honeymoon is Over

TIME

I was not the only one who said that the secular progressive infatuation with Pope Francis would be short lived. Grasping at straws they took his “who am I to judge” comment out of context, pumped it up and rode it home to a Time magazine POY cover. They smiled and salivated over his washing [Read More...]

Is Religion All in Your Head?

brain

I remember how they wired up the visionaries at Medjugorje while they were experiencing their apparitions. The scientists wanted to study what was going on in their brains as they “saw” the Blessed Virgin. Religious experiences of the mystical kind occur throughout human experience and in most every kind of religion. But what is happening [Read More...]

Closing Churches Closes Faith

crumblingchurch

Architect Michael Tamara comments here on the closure of historic churches in the Northern cities of the US. His main point is that the churches were built by our ancestors who were much poorer than we are, but who had faith, knew how to work hard, and above all–were willing to make great sacrifices to [Read More...]

So the Church is a Mess? Not Sure What to Do?

mess

At dinner with friends the other night the conversation turned to the traditionalists with a fair bit of sympathy. Along with the obnoxious voices of the radical traditionalists there are many good Catholics who simply feel let down by their church leadership. They may be willing to put up with a liturgy they don’t like [Read More...]

Worried About Money?

bills

They say polite people never discuss money, sex or religion. I guess I’m not very polite. It seems to me that money, sex and religion are the only three really interesting subjects. Maybe that’s why polite people are so boring. I found myself worrying about money the other day. I’m privileged to be parish priest [Read More...]

The Curse of Casual Catholicism

Amchurch

Back in April I began a series on What’s Killing American Catholicism. The first post was on Cultural Catholicism and I argued that this was countered by Comprehensive Catholicism–a Catholic faith that is truly universal and transcends all cultures and ethnicities. The second installment was on Complacent Catholicism which is countered by Compassionate Catholicism. The third post focused on Cafeteria [Read More...]


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