Pope Francis, Tony Palmer, an iPhone & the Holy Spirit

As I am still trying to finish a book, and also assist with a technical transition here at Patheos, I am pleased to present this ecumenically-minded post that focuses on the beginnings of the relationship between Pope Francis and the late Rev. Tony Palmer, and where the writer hopes it will lead. … [Read More...]

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Does Obama Admin haves issues with Catholic Nuns?

On it's face, the question sounds ridiculous until you consider this, and now this:Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for … [Read More...]

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SCOTUS asks if Marriage is a “Right”; Is it Something More?

I'm down with an illness that has rocked me with some high fevers, so posting hasn't happened, and won't for another day or so, but my radio is on and I'm hearing reports that Justices Kennedy and Breyer are asking questions that suggest they're wondering whether marriage ought to be considered a … [Read More...]

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Toni Morrison’s Vengeful Fantasy Would Not “End” Anything

Somehow this got past me, until I happened to see it on Bristol Palin's blog.“People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race’,” Morrison told the Daily Telegraph.“This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back.”She added: “And I … [Read More...]

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If you like your nun soap, you can’t keep your nun soap…

At least not if Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) have their way, because the government can't leave anything alone; everything must be regulated: the Personal Care Products Safety Act (S. 1014) will basically regulate the small cottage industry of artisanal … [Read More...]

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So, Hillary votes “no” on Faith in Public Square, then?

So, it wasn't long ago -- April 13, actually -- that I watched the usual "Hillary is very religious" narrative begin again and asked whether that meant the churches had an ally in Hillary, against those voices who demand that faith be relegated to pews and homes, and put out of the public … [Read More...]


And Now, Nicholas Connors will Blow. Your. Mind.

I know nothing at all about this child, except for two things. No, three.1) He has a lithe vocal instrument of remarkable clarity, sweetness, and power.2) His mother appears to know how to support without forgetting to be honest.3) J. J. Watt was is very cool. And I don't actually know … [Read More...]


Bishop Finn Resigns: Bishop Accountability Begins

With the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, "bishop-accountability" begins. Pope Francis will choose his successor.This comes right on the heels of headlines announcing that confirmed abuse allegations against Catholic priests were in the single digits for 2014. One allegation is too many, but … [Read More...]

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Steak & Godly Intimacy: Poverty Plus Personal Perspectives

In different ways, a few Patheos Catholic bloggers have been talking about poverty, and from a personal point of view, and all unplanned.It started off with Rebecca Lane Frech thinking back on the paradoxical freedoms and intimacies that came with being short of money, when she and her family … [Read More...]


Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has Passed: Many Updates

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history” ― Cardinal Francis George, OMI … [Read More...]