Mordechai Meiri, courtesy of

Empty Tomb: The Improbable First

As part of Patheos' Easter coverage, some of us are pondering what that morning would have been like for the witnesses of the Resurrection. Imagining the soldiers has been my contribution. For more 'accounts' and other resources for Holy Week, visit the Patheos Engaging Easter page.Empty … [Read More...]

Gifts of the Visitation

What Did Mary Get From Visiting Elizabeth?

I have been so busy working on my project that I have nearly forgotten to point you over toward the Patheos Book Club, where they are looking at Denise Bossert's lovely little book, Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and ElizabethI had the pleasure of meeting Denise … [Read More...]

The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner/PublicDomain via Wikimediacommons

What Nuns Do on the Annunciation Feast

Our friends, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ have a lovely tradition on the vigil of the Feast of the Annunciation: they process together to the Solemn Chapter for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, and then have the youngest sister-in-religion give a homily, addressing the community for the feast. … [Read More...]


“…and these Thy gifts,” comes to Patheos

As noted in the post below, I am offline until the end of the month on what we might call a mini "book sabbatical" (pray for me!) but it just occurred to me that in my rush to tie up loose ends, I had forgotten to announce a new addition to our immense line-up of great writers. Please make welcome … [Read More...]

Juan Barros Madrid via WikimediaCommons/Gabriel12

For Credibility of the Church, Should Francis Reconsider Barros Appointment?

I never write about these stories because they make me physically ill, so I leave it to others. But it seems like this story is dying on the vine, and I'm not sure it should. And it's Lent, when we're supposed to do difficult things, so here goes.Pope Francis has appointed Juan de la Cruz Barros … [Read More...]


The Unwitting Compliment Paid to Cordileone and the Church

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey is once again guest-hosting the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio, and this afternoon, around 3PM Eastern, I will be joining him to talk about many things, including Lent, and yesterday's piece on the Archdiocese of San Francisco and what Frank Weathers calls a sort of … [Read More...]

Statement of Archdiocese

Hosing the Homeless: Important Lesson Still Unlearned from the Scandals

By now, you have doubtless heard the story about how the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and particularly Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone are under fire for setting the sprinklers on the homeless in order to discourage loitering around Saint Mary’s Cathedral.It's not a nice story, and it is also a … [Read More...]

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12 Reasons to Love the Irish!

1) We gave you the Irish Soda Bread Recipe.2) We gave you we gave you Joyce, Yeats and Oscar Wilde.3) We gave you U2. Sorry that Bono can be such a blowhard sometimes, but you know...he's Irish.4) We gave you Errol Flynn.5) And Tom Selleck.6) And John Wayne and Maureen O' … [Read More...]

All images mine.

A Novus Ordo Even a Latin Mass Fan Could Love

Yesterday, Eve Tushnet, Lisa Mladinch, Tom Zampino, and I had the very great pleasure to participate in a panel on the church and new media at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface, in Brooklyn.The panel was very enjoyable, as the attendees asked some great and sometimes very challenging … [Read More...]

Discworld image by Elena Schweitzer, courtesy of

DEATH comes for Terry Pratchett; Discworld Sees Him Off! RIP

No one but Terry Pratchett could write an appropriate scene for his encounter with Death, but upon hearing of the death of this marvelously inventive and wise writer, my imagination immediately went there. I pictured Pratchett before a fire, with a glass of wine, looking up and seeing the cloak and … [Read More...]