Should “New Homophiles” Be Allowed their Stories?

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!

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...]

Taming “The Constant Francis”

Seriously, I'm beginning to feel like all I do is read, write, and dialogue about Francis, all day long and all night; other work is slipping deadlines -- book reviews; interviews; transcriptions; writers who need beatings; editors who also need beatings -- all because of The Constant Francis whose impact on American Catholics is overstuffing my in-boxes, my comboxes, my social media threads.I will need to tame this Constant Francis or I'm never going to get anything else done. I literally … [Read more...]

It’s really OK to admit that the Church has gotten better…UPDATES

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So, in response to many "professional Catholics" taking exception to one of his recent videos (I wrote about it, here), Michael Voris has released a new video that clarifies his meaning, which is an acknowledgement, I guess, that his first video had gotten so caught up with salary and retirement details that it obscured his point, which was apparently -- at bottom line -- that Catholic mediafolk who are earning livable wages might (because they need to support their families) be too afraid to … [Read more...]

The Worker is Worth his Wages. And Perhaps Retirement, Too – UPDATED

"Oh, God, no...."When I saw the title of this piece by Father Dwight, those were my groaning sentiments. I've been trying to focus on a book project all week, and as soon as I saw it, I knew...there goes another day where I won't get it done.This is one of those crappy issues I hate to comment on, because it's ridiculous and small, and also because in eight years of blogging I have made a point of not speaking of other bloggers/new media folk unless I could do so positively. I'm not … [Read more...]

Everyday in Every Way the Days are Gay & Gay & Gay

That headline is too cute by half, and I know it, but given all the First Things columns I've written trying to wonder-out and puzzle-out and anticipate the subject of Modern Concepts in Sexuality (and where and how the Catholic Church's teachings soar or fall flat, largely depending upon how they are taught), and the recent Supreme Court DOMA decision, it does seem like for any story I read -- about anything -- I read five touching on an aspect of homosexuality and faith, and most especially, … [Read more...]

Talking with Matthew Bunson: Sherlockian and Catholic Scholar

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One of the loveliest moments of my career occurred in Pittsburgh, during the 2011 Catholic Media Conference, when Dr. Matthew Bunson strolled up to me and wondered if I wanted to get a cup of coffee. I did, and our conversation was a delightful and unusually frank first chat between strangers.Matthew Bunson wears many hats; he is Senior Correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and serves as editor of The Catholic Answer magazine, … [Read more...]

Girls and Guillotines: Glorifying God

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If you're not subscribing to The Catholic Answer Magazine (which you should because it's a little six-times-a-year gem of Catholic information on scripture, doctrine and tradition, but I won't scold!) I hope you're at least liking the OSV Twitter account so you can click on to some of its goodness!The July/August edition is particularly rich, as it examines Eucharistic Adoration, Concupiscence, the Eastern Churches and the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne. Much of that is behind the paywall -- … [Read more...]


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