The Deep Waters and Gay Marriage

I rarely recommend subscribing to RSS feeds, because I know what it's like to get enough email, but I am going to urge you to subscribe to Theologian (and Patheos columnist) Tim Muldoon -- at least over the summer -- as he continues to plumb the theological depths in consideration of gay marriage.He started out wondering if Christianity was having a Gamaliel moment on the matter.This week, he thinks about what does true violence to the spirit, and whether "facsimiles of love" play into … [Read more...]

Fr. Corapi and the Limits of Tragedy – UPDATED

In an earlier piece, Max Lindenman admitted to spending more time reading internet comboxes than is probably healthy for any human being.In this week's column, he clearly has spent a good deal of time reading the various postings and musings, here at Patheos, and elsewhere, about the ongoing (although not actually progressing) story of the investigation and suspension of Father John Corapi, and all of this has him wondering about both Irony and the limits of Tragedy:I have to confess, I like … [Read more...]

3 Reasons to Marry an Irish Girl

1) We sing like angels2) We smile with our eyes3) We make kick-ass Irish Soda Bread. (See Testimony)I got this recipe, btw, from my Italian mother in law!Maria Lucia’s Irish Soda Bread4 c sifted flour 1 1/2 tsps baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 c sugar 1 c raisins (or cranberries for a nice change) 2 tblspns melted butter 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups buttermilkMix dry ingredients. Mix butter, eggs and buttermilk. Stir into dry ingredients. Use a 2 qt pan (like a pyrex) because it works the b … [Read more...]

What's New in the Catholic Portal? – UPDATED

If you haven't checked in lately at the main landing page for the Catholic Portal here at Patheos, you may have missed a few new faces and developments!First up, please welcome new columnist Julie Davis, better known to all as the Happy Catholic who also manages to run a foodie blog, read classic books to us and then read some more. Did I mention that she has a book coming out soon (I've read it; it's great!).Julie's column is called A Free Mind; she'll be here twice a month, or so, to … [Read more...]

"An Israelite Without Guile"

It has always seemed somehow fitting to me that the apostle Jesus called "An Israelite Without Guile" would suffer a martyrdom that involved being skinned alive. Whether one resolves to live without guile or is simply gifted with its absence, going through life without a bit of craftiness suggests walking around with a degree of naked self-revelation that can go beyond skin deep.So, it's not really surprising that Max Lindenman has chosen to call his new weekly column at Patheos, "An … [Read more...]

Challenges, Rewards of Teaching Deaf Children

Catechist extraordinaire Lisa Mladinich, whose weekly column "Be an Amazing Catechist" has become a first-stop resource for RCIA facilitators and CCD teachers, has for the last two weeks been focusing on the challenges and rewards of serving the Deaf community of faith. Last week, she looked at the great needs within the church - what they are, and how well we are addressing them:In November 2009, Pope Benedict met with 400 deaf and hearing Catholic clergy and lay people, from sixty-five … [Read more...]

Deacon Greg Kandra, Columnist

As if he doesn't have enough to do, Deacon Greg has decided to take on a weekly column, and today we launch him - check out All Things New:In a movie chock full of startling moments, this was one of the most startling of all.Toward the end of The Passion of the Christ, Jesus—bloodied, battered, defiled Jesus, struggling under the weight of his cross as he slouches toward Calvary—this Jesus stumbles, falls, and recovers, and then looks up to see the anguished face of his mother.And he man … [Read more...]

Why Tyranny Fears Art – UPDATED

About ten years ago, maybe longer, I read an interview with U2's Bono, and he said (paraphrasing from memory) "art and lovemaking are the ways to touch God."I think he meant that art and lovemaking were transcendent because they are both activities are a means of self-revelation - that they take us out of ourselves and make us vulnerable in an act of creation, or co-creation, and there is tremendous power in that.Well, I happen to think - if that's what he meant - that Bono was correct. The … [Read more...]

Departures & the Lord of Our Trys

The other day, I posted a bit of gorgeous music from a film soundtrack.I'd been turned on to the music by Joseph Susanka, the excellent writer who also blogs at Inside Catholic (see his moving post about Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez and a suffering little boy here).Joseph--the young father of six little boys--also writes a weekly column, Through a Lens Darkly, where he finds the dark side of grace, even in lighter films, and also manages to find the light of grace in "darker" films. This … [Read more...]

Surrender unto Surrender for Peace – UPDATED

I admit, my Tuesday column requires some patience. If you jump too quickly you're going to think I'm saying Christians should never defend themselves.Jesus surely didn’t preach that; he didn't preach a crusade either. He taught us to turn the other cheek.Our instincts tell us that turning the other cheek is stupid, but this is what Christ preached. He did not teach that we were meant to conquer others—be they radical Islamists, or gay activists, or evangelical atheists—but that we were to co … [Read more...]


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