Patheos Welcomes Billy Kangas and The Orant

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Up until now, Leah Libresco -- who was baptized and received into the faith just about a year ago -- was our "youngest" Catholic both chronologically and religiously. She's still the youngest among us but she's almost an old-lady Catholic compared to Billy Kangas, who was received into the church last Easter, and has been making a lot of Catholic noise since even before then, and seems therefore a swell fit for PatheosCatholic.If you're not familiar with Billy, he lives in DC, where he is … [Read more...]

Patheos Hits the Public Square

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I am strangely remiss and should have announced this last week, but I will plead family issues and a kid with pneumonia as reasonable distractions that made me forget to tell you about Patheos' latest feature: The Public Square.The Patheos Public Square is meant to be a gathering place, where people of various faiths can come together -- apart from blogs and echo chambers -- to dialogue on pressing issues of the day and how faith perspectives can or should influence them, and to explore … [Read more...]

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

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For the past week or so, Patheos writers have been on a Hades kick. You might think it had something to do with Halloween, but you'd be wrong.Apparently things started with Mark Shea defended Father Robert Barron against what seems to me to be a case of misinterpretation. Whatever, I still wasn't paying much attention, because my kid got pneumonia again. And then young Ryan Adams brought in some Orthodox perspective, and suddenly there were Facebook eruptions of hellish debating and people … [Read more...]

Cry Woof! Welcoming Will Duquette to Patheos

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Image courtesy of shutterstock.comWill Duquette has been hanging around Patheos for a while, as one of several splendid folks helping Julie Davis review books, books and more books over at the Happy Catholic Bookshelf, and he did some blogging on his own, as well, but it was kind of discreet, in manner and form.Well, we've brought the rest of Will Duquette, not just his book reviews, over here to Patheos, and it's a lot less discreet, all around. I am actually very tardy in introducing … [Read more...]

Welcome Simcha Fisher, Pants and All!

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This is one of those announcements I have been waiting to make for a good long while, and I am very excited to know that today is the day!Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to tell you that as of today Simcha Fisher (Somechop to her friends) will be joining the gang here at Patheos, and the gang could not be happier!Yes, that photo says "don't get all artsy about it, just take the picture" and it is precisely that sort of authenticity and impatience that makes me love … [Read more...]

Dr. Greg Popcak at Patheos, “Faith on the Couch”!

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If you listen to Ave Maria radio, you already know Dr. Greg Popcak from the "More 2 Life" radio podcasts he hosts with his wife, Lisa, in which they apply Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to the practical challenges of everyday life.But if you're not so familiar with "Dr. Greg" Popcak you very soon will be, because he seems to have a lot of energy, and while we're "officially introducing him to you today, he's already posting rather prolifically at his new Patheos blog, which he c … [Read more...]

Rescuing Devotional Babies from the Bathwater…

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Over at the Patheos Book Club, there's an interesting selection being discussed, a slim volume simply entitled Catholic Spiritual Practices, Edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome.I'm going to confess right now, I did not get to read this book, but that wasn't due to lack of interest. In tidying up for Thanksgiving the thing was accidentally donated to my parish along with a slew of other books -- but I figure that was the Holy Spirit getting into hands that needed it. I was … [Read more...]

A Journal of the Council and Counsel for Pregnancy – PODCAST ADDED

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The Patheos Book Club is a busy place with a wide variety of books constantly being explored and discussed. This Tuesday, it started looking at two Catholic books that could not be more different. One is the posthumous publication of the writings of an often physically-challenged Dominican priest assisting at the Second Vatican Council; one is written by a house-afire of a woman assisting pregnant women.So, I guess you could say that both books have to do with the process of giving birth -- … [Read more...]

Lisa Hendey Comes to Patheos!

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During this Year of Faith, our Catholic Channel at Patheos continues to be blessed with an influx of talented, creative and interesting writers. About ten days ago we welcomed Sam Rocha and Margaret Rose Realy -- two writers who could not be more disparate in their approaches to faith and yet worship in commonality -- and today we are thrilled to add the astonishingly busy founder, editor, writer, speaker, and Catholic publishing entrepreneur Lisa Hendey to the mix with her new blog, which she … [Read more...]

Dawn Eden Comes to Patheos – UPDATED

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It might have seemed like a virtual "feast of Eden" a few months ago, here at Patheos, when our Book Club was discussing Dawn Eden's latest (and truly inspired) book, My Peace I Give You and so many of our Patheos bloggers and writers jumped in to join in its praise!And yes, the book deserves all of the praise being heaped upon it; it's a true vehicle for healing.But there is that old saying, "if a little of something is good, a little more must be better!" (Or, oddly If a little evil … [Read more...]


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