Dolan is Charged to Model Christ, Not the Pharisees

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When Jesus rescued the adulterous woman from an angry mob intent on stoning her to death, he was very quiet about it. He wrote something on the ground -- perhaps the sins of the men with the stones? Words in which they might recognize themselves and their own sins and offenses?"But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in res … [Read more...]

“Eating Jesus Led me Home”

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Over at Geek Goes Catholic, Jonathan Ryan writes occasionally and movingly about his reversion to Catholicism. This piece, and the vivid visual power of it, makes me think his story should be a film!:He knows that some of the people in his small town look down on him and his family for being poor. Most of the time that doesn’t matter because he still has baseball, books that fuel his scary imagination, and the arms of the Catholic Church. He lives for stories, lives for going to mass, a … [Read more...]

Remember “Catholicism” and How I Raved? Welp…

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Okay, regular readers must remember how much I loved Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, both video series and book? I wrote about it a lot, because it was like a call to revolution -- a Revolution of Re-appreciation of the church, from its earliest beauties and truths. For me, Father Robert Barron's book (and video) remains one of the first great Evangelical tools of the new century.Okay, enough gushing. So, I get a note from Image books, asking me if I'd like to participate … [Read more...]

Culture Wars: It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

From the mind of Deacon Greg, whose comments are always closed.

So, yesterday was a most interesting day. Having worked until the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, I decided to sleep in a bit and then do an hour on my bike before getting down to serious work. As I biked, I checked email and learned that there was a twitterconflagration in effect, concerning this piece at First Things.As our culture wars progress, we're apparently supposed to stake out purist territory, declare "Here I stand, I can do no other" and then battle relentlessly; since we're … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside the Box on Catholic Religious Education – UPDATED

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Joanne McPortland posted only two pieces in all of January, but they were both hum-dingers.Yesterday, she dared to ask "What is really wrong with Catholic Religious Education" and then answered her own question with: "just about everything". In fact, she says we're catechizing "the wrong damn people!". . .part of the reason the adult formation classes and workshops we do offer are so poorly attended—adult catechesis just not a part of our regular expectation and structure. And a … [Read more...]

The Post Takes a Page at Patheos

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That would be The Jesuit Post, the rambunctious, thoughtful, fun and enlightening site staffed by about 50 young Jesuits, three of whom I am very pleased to announce, have taken up residence here at Patheos.Some of you may be asking why a growing, jumping site like TJP would offshoot over here, or why Patheos would take them on -- it seems to fly in the face of the notion of competitive markets, doesn't it?Well, that's kind of the point. If the goal of Catholic blogging is to serve … [Read more...]

Should “New Homophiles” Be Allowed their Stories?

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I love this about Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher, whose story reminds us that we do not know as much as we think we do:[In 1273, on the feast of Saint Nicholas, Aquinas was celebrating Mass] when "he received a revelation that so affected him that he wrote and dictated no more, leaving his great work the Summa Theologiae unfinished. To Brother Reginald’s (his secretary and friend) expostulations he replied, "The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as so m … [Read more...]

O King Solomon! Pray for us Squabbling Catholics!

Yes, I know this is an Orthodox baptism, but I couldn't resist.

Okay, so, via Deacon Greg ala the Italian press (which is you know...the Italian press), here is the latest story that has some Catholics screaming at each other in social media.The pope baptized a baby. According to "Il Tirreno" the couple requesting baptism for their daughter Guilia may not be sacramentally married. We don't even know if that report is accurate, or if so what circumstances may be behind the couple being only civilly wed. But that's enough for battle amongst Catholics. … [Read more...]

Calah puts period and exclamation point to Hell Week

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I do believe that with this piece by Calah Alexander, we can put our unintentional Week of Hell Writing to bed. Pretty sure Calah has nailed it:A few years ago, about two years after my conversion to Catholicism, a chance conversation with friends led me face-to-face with the realization that I could actually go to hell.You’ll appreciate the novelty of this idea more if you understand that being raised Evangelical, I had understood from an early age that I was saved. Hell as a reality f … [Read more...]

Interviewing Brandon Vogt on Catholicism: New Evangelization

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When, in 2011, Father Robert Barron's Word on Fire Ministries released the first part of its "Catholicism Project", the book-and-video series Catholicism, a Journey to the Heart of Faith, I called it "a course in revolution". Major blocs of the beautifully-wrought video were picked up and aired by PBS and the book is a stand-alone modern classic that I still frequently give as a gift because it is such a readable and thoughtful overview of the faith.The second part of the Catholicism … [Read more...]


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