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

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...]

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Rescuing Devotional Babies from the Bathwater…

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...]

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

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...]

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Lisa Hendey Comes to Patheos!

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...]

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“Get Religion” Comes to Patheos!

It becomes increasingly evident that, as William Schneider is quoted as saying, "the press . . . just doesn't 'get' religion" -- so much so that Deacon Greg, in addition to all of the other news-mining he engages in every day for our edification, has lately taken to chronicling the media balldrops on the subject.Even better than a Deacon/Journalist keeping track of media mishaps on religion is a whole site dedicated to the daily monitoring and analysis of press coverage on religious stories, … [Read more...]

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Paul Ryan, Patheos’ “News and Politics” and “Public Catholic”

Deacon Greg is probably one of the least "political" writers at Patheos, but he is still a newsman and his Catholic perspective has him rounding up articles on Paul Ryan and also culling specific Ryan/Catholic issues from the headlines, like this one: Ryan's Budget a "Quandary" for some Catholics"Meanwhile, just in time for the electoral season (and destined to live beyond it), Patheos has created a sort of one-stop landing page for all of your "mixing my faith with my politics" needs, … [Read more...]

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A New Priest, A New Blog for Patheos

Longtime Patheos readers are familiar with Father Michael Duffy, although they may remember him best as Seminarian Michael Duffy, who shared with them his thoughts on the clerical collar as both yoke and witness and the seminary as seedbed for lifelong growth.Deacon Greg noted his June 9th ordination for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and today we welcome him as our newest blogger as he launches "Father, Where Art Thou?"; A Newly-Minted Priest Explores His Fatherhood.By beginning … [Read more...]

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The Fruit of Chastity

Max Lindenman has a good post up, on how to write about sex, when one is Catholic.Since we Catholics tend to do that a lot (one of the frankest bit of Catholic writing on sex I have ever read -- and appreciated -- was Elizabeth Duffy's essay on the subject, included in Hallie Lord's Style, Sex and Substance), I appreciated Max's very honest take on his own evolution on the issue:A few weeks ago, Joanne McPortland wrote a piece comparing Catholics to BDSM submissives. In sharing the … [Read more...]

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“I guess Morality just loves me, or something…” UPDATED

You guys remember Leah Libresco, right? The favorite Philosopher Atheist of many of us, here in the Catholic portal? The adorable, ubersmart Yalie grad whom I introduced a while back, as "a smart young cookie and a life-long atheist" and whose blog began as a geeky atheist picking fights with her Catholic boyfriend?Yeah, her, the girl whose banner has been flying at the atheist's corner:Well, today she makes an announcement that will startle many:I tried to keep my eyes open … [Read more...]

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McNamara’s Blog to Patheos!

Pat McNamara, our favorite historian and professor has a terrific column up this week, studying Daniel A. Rudd, a former slave who became an entrepreneur and a journalist and eventually published the first "black" Catholic newspaper:Born in Bardstown, Kentucky, Daniel Arthur Rudd was baptized in St. Joseph's Church, where the Rudds worshiped together with their owners. For three generation, his relatives had been church sextons (caretakers for the facilities). From childhood, Daniel … [Read more...]

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