Ten Reasons for the Marriage Mess

The two synods on the family and the Holy Father’s exhortation published last week provide guidance for Catholics who are enmeshed in what I call the Marriage Mess. The fact of the matter is, the whole human race–and not simply Catholic Christians are going through a crisis that is bigger than just the question of [Read More…]

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The Pope’s Exhortation – A Parish Priest’s Perspective

In the wake of yesterday’s publication of Amoris Laetitia allow me to weigh in with a parish priest’s perspective. In the midst of a busy day in the parish I didn’t actually have time to read the exhortation. Neither did I have time last night or this morning. However, I have read some of the online commentary, [Read More…]

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On Crocodiles, Cannibals and Corpses

Here is an excerpt from my book The Quest for the Creed about the resurrection of the Body…      Any school child that thinks about the resurrection of the body soon starts asking delightfully gruesome questions. After all, if they’ve ever seen a cat hit by a car, then been to a funeral and seen Uncle Mitch [Read More…]

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I Saw Mary Queen of Heaven Yesterday

Our separated brothers and sisters often wonder why we Catholics venerate Mary as we do. They protest that the Marian Dogmas are not found in Scripture. But they are. We simply have to read the Scriptures with Catholic eyes and understand the  Jewish context of the Scriptures to see how the Catholic beliefs about Mary [Read More…]

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The Doubting Disciple and the Divine Mercy

I’ve always thought it a special grace to think that the doubting disciple is featured as a key player in the gospel for the Sunday after Easter. It is as if the whole church is saying, “See Thomas? It is okay to doubt.” But let me qualify that. It is okay to have difficulties. Bl [Read More…]

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Did We Experience a Divine Mercy Miracle?

Yesterday here in Greenville, South Carolina we had a mini-pilgrimage for Divine Mercy Sunday. About 300 Catholics met to walk along Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit trail from County Hall to St Mary’s Church where our local Jubilee Holy Door is located. About another 200 people were gathered at the church. Here’s a picture of the procession. [Read More…]

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