What’s Killing American Catholicism – 2

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I’m continuing a series on things that are destroying American Catholicism. They all begin with the letter ‘C’–as does the solution to the problem. You can use the ‘Categories’ tool to pull up the whole series as they are written. Here is a link to the first article in the series on Cultural Catholicism If [Read More...]

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What’s Killing American Catholicism – 1

Amchurch

Reading Sherry Weddell’s excellent Forming Intentional Disciples is making me think about the American church and what ails her. Can anybody deny that there is a sickness in the body ecclesia? When 50% of Catholics vote for a man who stoutly defends same sex marriage and partial birth abortion can we say that Catholics in America are [Read More...]

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Radical Radiant Catholicism

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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