Youth and Age and Wisdom and Joy

Pope greets child after celebrating Pentecost Mass at Vatican

Here is my latest article for Aletia–which considers the contrast and complementarity of Age and Youth evident at World Youth Day. [Read more...]

The Curse of Casual Catholicism


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...]

Powerful Prophetic Poetry


A prophet is a seer. He sees what others cannot or will not see in his own culture, and he therefore sees what others cannot or will not see in the future. A prophet looks deeply into the reality of the present moment and sees beneath all the facades, the subterfuge, trickery, lying and chicanery [Read More...]

Peace and Justice Catholics – Just Aging Hippies?


There seems to be an undefined group of Catholics who some call “Peace and Justice Catholics”. They are typified as aging hippies. They named their churches “Prince of Peace” in the sixties as a kind of flower power protest. These peace and justice Catholics are portrayed by conservatives as left wing, tree hugging, bra burning, [Read More...]

Broken Marriage? It’s Complicated…


I hear all the fuss, alarm and outrage about same sex marriage, but the more I think about it, the more complicated it becomes, because the issue of same sex marriage did not simply materialize out of thin air. Marriage has been disintegrating in our society for the last forty years, and practically everyone is [Read More...]

The Roots of Rage


This summer in America has erupted in racially charged protests about the verdict on the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yesterday I posted this video of an atheist who went berserk with rage. I’ve commented earlier about the irrational rage which seems to be simmering just below the surface in our country, and wrote here about [Read More...]