Radical Radiant Catholicism

Christ the Lord

In his book Evangelical Catholicism George Weigel says, “There is no future for lukewarm Catholicism.” There is not only no future for lukewarm Catholicism, but there was no past or present for it either. Let’s face it, the gospel is only good news when it is subversive. It’s time for what Weigel calls “Evangelical Catholicism” [Read More...]

Praying Like St Dominic

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Welcome to Christian LeBlanc, who starts today to be a regular guest blogger to help me review all the books I’m sent. I try to give them a brief mention, but don’t have time to do justice to all of them, so Christian, who is a very smart and well read person has said he’ll [Read More...]

Gospel Stories, Myths and Legends

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On the week before Christmas in 1941 my grandfather was walking with his two sons to market in downtown Pottstown, Pennsylvania. It had snowed the night before and the roads were too icy to drive. That’s why they were walking. As they crossed the river bridge a coal truck turned on to the bridge. The [Read More...]

Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

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I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, “Hi Mary!” When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, “Y’all say, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Hail’ just means ‘Hi’, so it’s my way of saying [Read More...]

Are the Gospels a Myth?

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One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists in the combox is that “Christianity is a myth.” In one sense they are correct. The gospel story does operate like a myth. However, most of the atheists making this comment do not seem to have a very knowledgeable understanding of myth and how it works. They [Read More...]

Christmas, Pagan Romans and Frodo Baggins

The Saturnalia

This is an article from the archives…worth reading again for those who think the date of Christmas is a carry over from pagan Roman holidays. One of the old chestnusts about Christmas (and I don’t mean the type roasting on the open fire) is the charge brought by old fashioned Protestants and new fashioned atheists [Read More...]


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