On Mark and Simcha

Everybody in the blogosphere seems obliged to weigh in on Mark Shea’s release from National Catholic Register. I should say up front that I like Mark Shea. He’s a friend of mine, and I’ve always taken his huffing and puffing with a shrug and a smile. He reminds me of ┬ábellicose Hilaire Belloc who was [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

The Sign of Joy

When I was an Anglican priest I used to walk from my apartment over to church for evening prayer every day. On the way I would walk past the house of a Jehovah’s Witness. This particular JW was the sort of man who always had his hair combed, the car washed and probably went to [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Re-Branding the Catholic Church

As you drive around the American South you can’t help noticing that the old fashioned Baptist churches are ditching their Baptist label. Reassuring brick churches with classic style porches and steeples used to be called “First Baptist Church” or “Second Baptist Church” or “North Road Baptist Church” or maybe something with an Old Testament link [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Can a Nazi Mass Murderer Be Forgiven?

I have been busy today about parish business, but I wanted to write a bit more about this story I contributed to CRUX. The story recounts how Rudolf Hoss, the commandant of Auschwitz and the one who actually devised and put into action the gas chambers and crematoria had been brought up as a strict [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

God’s Mercy for a Mass Murderer

Did you know that Rudolf Hoss– the Nazi commandant of Auschwitz returned to his Catholic faith at the end? Read the story here. [Read more…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK

Make a Wish Religion

Some time ago I was speaking to someone about religion and happened to mention the possibility of going to hell. “Oh, I don’t believe in hell!” said this person. The implication was that because she didn’t believe in hell there was no such place. I’ve had the same thing with Protestant Christians who say quite [Read More…]

Like Patheos Catholic on Facebook!

Patheos Catholic LogoCLICK HERE TO "LIKE" PATHEOS CATHOLIC ON FACEBOOK