Why Proselytizing Doesn’t Work, in One Photo

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Once before I wrote that Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and Cardinal Dolan were right, when they said that proselytizing was folly, and that "you're going to hell if you don't straighten up and fly right", was not the best way to greet people.That made a lot of people mad. So mad, that I lost a few regular readers over it because they were convinced I was spouting heresy.But here, in one photo -- a grab from a you tube video, but believe me, it's going to quickly become an iconic photo -- … [Read more...]

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The Anchoress: Rude and Hateful Since 1958

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Are there people in the world who are just perpetually aggrieved? Who wake up in the morning, and start chanting, "that's rude and hurtful!", like a morning's hymn?That's rude and hurtful Like the first eyebrows insensitively raised at my choice...If my email is any indicator, I think there probably are. I imagine these folks go to the coffee shop and when they are greeted with "Good morning," respond, "it's not a good morning for me! I have to go to the dentist and I have traumatic … [Read more...]

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Gay Outreach and the Stumble into Pastoral Love

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In this recent post, I wrote that in welcoming homosexual-headed families into our parish, we would have to teach not only the full catechism but also, "the even-greater catechism of transcendent love."Reader Glenda S. wrote asking me what that meant, exactly. I meant that the catechism gives us the rules and the teachings; the willingness to dare loving all that does not conform to the text, though, can instruct us on how to really live the teachings, beyond simply "following the rules". … [Read more...]

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8 Things Catholics can “Do” to “Fix” Things

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I really appreciated this piece by Father Robert Barron, which looks at past challenges of the church, in light of the Obergefell decision legalizing gay marriage.His piece, along with many other headlines and blogposts I'll link to below, got me thinking, and -- as Father Barron would say -- "here's the thing...":My email is full of people wringing their hands and fretting -- really fretting -- "how do we fix this? What to do, what to do, what to do?"What do people mean, when they … [Read more...]

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Fr. Robert Barron on Gay Marriage: “We’re still standing…”

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I know many are feeling rather knocked about by recent events, most particularly by the Supreme Court's unsurprising decision in favor of gay marriage. Here is Father Robert Barron's take:Just last week, I had the privilege of spending four hours in the Sistine Chapel with my Word on Fire team. Toward the end of our filming, the director of the Vatican Museums, who had accompanied us throughout the process, asked whether I wanted to see the “Room of Tears.” This is the little antechamber, jus … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage and What We’ve Been Saying

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This past week I got to spend some time with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, the Catholic sister who takes in girls who have been brainwashed, made to kill, been held captive, raped and left to raise the resulting children on their own. She teaches them skills, and helps them to become self-sufficient. As I watched a short documentary about Sister Rosemary and heard these girls talking about what they have been through, I couldn't help but to think how, in comfortable America, we're busy carrying on … [Read more...]

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Patheos Writers Honored by Catholic Press Association

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If it has seemed quiet around here, lately, that's thanks to the Catholic Press Association, whose annual Catholic Media Conference (#CMC15) has lured me (and Deacon Greg and Denise Bossert) to Buffalo for an adventure. Tomorrow we all go home but tonight saw a number of Patheos Catholic bloggers honored by the CPA, beginning with Marge Fenelon being named as an Egan Fellow by Catholic Relief Services. As a Fellow she will be traveling to the Philippines with CRS to report on the continuing … [Read more...]

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Does Bringing Back Meatless Fridays Sound Good?

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In her stupendous novel In This House of Brede, author Rumer Godden chronicles the pre-and-post-Second-Vatican-Council journey of a successful English professional woman who becomes an enclosed Benedictine nun. When the novel’s main character, Philippa Talbot, is asked by a co-worker, “but will you be able to be obedient, a stiff-necked creature like you?” she responds rather naively, “I shall find it restful.”For the most part, she does. After a lifetime of settling and deciding matters for … [Read more...]

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Isn’t it Shocking, How People Dress for Mass?

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It's a subject we can't get enough of. Deacon Greg's piece on the issue, from several years ago, always gets resurrected in summer, like a case of hay-fever.As that's true, it's not surprising that I'm still getting email and social media reaction to last week's response to Bishop Tobin's self-admitted 'rant' about the “hirsute flabmeisters” who populate Mass along with their children.Amid the commentary, someone put a blogpiece before my eyes that I thought really was the definitive dis … [Read more...]

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A Fun Book Meme for the Weekend!

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I like this meme, for the weekend, and thought your answers would be fun, too. As Julie says:include up to 3 answers each if you like. We won’t tell. If you’re religious, consider The Bible or other religious texts a gimme, particularly for question #15.Something to talk about with others over the summer BBQ, anyway.1. Most treasured childhood book(s)? Harriet the Spy From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler A Wrinkle in Time Treasure Island (I know that's four but th … [Read more...]

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