Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

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[I stumbled upon this post in my archives, and upon re-reading it, realized that there is more to say, and that -- if my email is any indicator -- reposting this might be helpful for many. Originally from July 13, 2012 - ES]Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet … [Read more...]

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PatheosCatholic Congratulates Father Robert Barron

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Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron to be one of three new auxiliary bishops to Los Angeles, and we here at Patheos Catholic could not be happier for him, and for the honor this does to all of our friends at Word on Fire Ministries. Father Barron's group has embraced new media and helped define it as a tool of infinite evangelical possibilities. The original programming and videos they produce are smart, energetic and just plain beautiful to look at. They are very much this era's answer … [Read more...]

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Dear Bishop Tobin: Ranting Right Back Atcha!

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"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD. -- Jeremiah 23:1Look, I totally get what Bishop Tobin was going for here, and I think it is valid to remind people that an hour at Holy Mass is distinct from strolling the midway on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore; that it warrants something better of us than water bottles and Bermuda shorts.But this is a destructive and unpastoral piece of writing. It's really difficult to square … [Read more...]

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Christopher West Tells “Why” and Cordial Catholic Tells “How”

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Christopher West chimes in on Why he remains a Catholic:First, I want to acknowledge that one can certainly find enough folly and corruption in the Church to want to leave (or never enter). But the folly and corruption in the Church is not unique to Catholics. It’s found everywhere human beings are found. If I were to leave the Church in response to the folly and corruption within her, I would soon find I’ve taken that folly and corruption with me – because it’s in me (not because I’m Cathol … [Read more...]

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Why are YOU Still a Catholic? Sometimes it is a Struggle

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I remember sitting next to a a woman on a plane who was so passionate about her new Evangelical church. It was inspiring to watch her, and to hear her excitement. After she got done telling me all about it, I told her I was Catholic.She excitedly said, "Oh, then you should come to my church. I was Catholic...but this church has awesome music and great preaching." I looked at her, smiled and slowly said, "I wouldn't leave the Eucharist for anything!"Her demeanor changed and she said, "I … [Read more...]

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Dear Catholic World: Why do YOU Remain a Catholic?

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So, as I mentioned in this post, our own "Catholic Thinker", Tod Worner -- following the recent Pew report on diminishing Catholic numbers, and the glee that inspired in some corners -- decided to write a post on why he will not be leaving the Catholic church.Tod's piece reminded me of an older piece of mine from NPR, where I also catalogued why I remain a Catholic, and it inspired Monique Ocampo to explain why she remains, as well.And then Dr. Gregory Popcak chimed in, writing so well … [Read more...]

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Why I Remain a Catholic, Pew Studies Be Damned!

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At a time when Pew studies suggest a vast exodus from Catholicism (although Sherry Weddell's antenna is up on some of the numbers) Tod Worner has written a terrific piece on why he is NOT leaving the church:I am NOT leaving the Catholic Church because I believe that the Catholic Faith is true.The edifice of Catholicism is Jesus Christ. Countless times, a good friend of mine has “flipped pages”. What he means when he says this is that he has read the Gospel of Mark. Again. And again. … [Read more...]

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Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has Passed: Many Updates

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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history” ― Cardinal Francis George, OMIAfter a long bout with cancer, he is gone. It occurs to me, remembering that quote of his (and more on it, here), that we now have an intercessor for our times -- an intercessor on the issue of Christian P … [Read more...]

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12 Reasons to Love the Irish!

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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' Hara.7) And Gene Kelly.8) And the foundation upon which bluegrass and old-timey music were founded.9) We gave you Daniel Day Lewis (hey, he carries an Irish passport). The only Mohegan who can … [Read more...]

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Thomas Merton is a Time Lord!

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Read these observations on intra-Catholic squabbling, by Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. He could be writing about our own era.Truly, nothing new under the sun. Somehow despite fractious councils and what appears to be our normal amount of intra-warring, the church remains. Have a little faith.Thanks to Greg Hillis, (on Twitter @gregorykhillis) for that delectable and consoling excerpt.Frank Weathers says Merton is a Time Lord. So it seems! … [Read more...]

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