Amid Storms and Wars, the Daily Outrage that is Francis

"Great Battle in Heaven" by the brilliant Daniel Mitsui. Used with permission.

He is the most exhausting pope of my lifetime.Deacon Greg sent this cute video to me today, and while I appreciate its cleverness and the work that went into it, I couldn't help but think, "I'm getting burned out on Francis."I'm getting burned out, not because I dislike him. I like Francis just fine, although Pope Benedict XVI will always be the pontiff of my heart, because his writings have penetrated it and poured the merciful balm of Christ Jesus into it as little else ever has. As … [Read more...]

Answering Kyle Cupp With A Plastic Trumpet and a Scream

the scream

This morning Kyle Cupp asked people to name their favorite toys from childhood.These sorts of questions, which Kyle calls "mindless" are becoming a regular Monday feature for him -- last week he wanted to know what film adaptation of a book most disappointed us.For the record, my answer last week was the 1970's tv-movie version of In This House of Brede which took a knife to Rumer Godden's brilliant novel and chopped it into something barely recognizable. Even the great Dame Diana Rigg … [Read more...]

Does Catholicism Need to Adopt an Entrepreneurial Spirit?

Image by Sean Locke Photography courtesy of shutterstock.com

I really enjoyed this Sade Strehlke piece in the WSJ magazine this weekend: "The Emperors of Xi'an":IN 2008, DAVID SHI, the chef at Xi’an Famous Foods in Queens, New York, called his son, Jason Wang, and said in Chinese, “There’s a tall, old white dude here with a film crew; do you know who he is?” He snapped a photo of the guest—stooped over a plate of lamb burgers seasoned with cumin and dressed with hot peppers and pickled jalapeños—and sent it to Wang, then a student at Washington Univer … [Read more...]

The Prayer for Ashley

Photo by Kamira via Shutterstock.com

Just did a few minutes on Relevant Radio as Hot Air's Ed Morrissey sits in for Drew Mariani, and we discussed the plight of Ashley Bridges, and prayed for her on the air, using this prayer, which I am posting here for anyone who is seeking it out:Lord, the one you love is sick...it's Ashley Bridges, whose love has been so great, and whose desire, in the wealth of your greatness and your mercy, is so very small. Have mercy upon this dying mother, O Divine Physician, as in scripture you had … [Read more...]

The Bishop Who Knows His Way Around New Media

Bishop Christopher Coyne

That would be Bishop Christopher Coyne, lately of Indianapolis, and now the Bishop-Designate of Burlington, Vermont.His move has inspired him to update and upgrade his website, "Let us Walk Together" (aka www.bishopcoyne.org), and it's all-around, pretty great, with a blog, his podcasts his social media activities, which are always full of great spiritual prompts or good humor, and sometimes simply present the bishop talking to us as he's driving, in a very casual and informal way.He … [Read more...]

Max Lindenman Returns to PatheosCatholic!

max in turkey

It was only about six months ago that Max Lindenman decided it was time to strike his tent, and we reluctantly let him fly away, with hopes that he would soon return.Since then Max has been freelancing from his new digs in Turkey -- publishing a number of snappy and informative pieces with Aleteia -- and also has submitted a couple of really interesting pieces to our feature page, The Font.But Patheos, for better or worse, is Max's "home" and -- as Groucho Marx Robert Frost** once said … [Read more...]

The Kirby Vacuum Salesman Who Became a Star

Star Nursery via Hubble royalty free

You know, just about the time you need to feel good about something, just about the time you need to believe that people are more -- so, so much more -- than the formless ranting that comes through to us over the ether every day, as we dip further and further into the reality/unreality that is the internet, you click on Twitter and a story like this comes along, and it gives all the headlines, all the divisive narratives, and all the prophets of doom a good, sharp kick in the derriere:Ever … [Read more...]

Bad Catholic, Still: Marc Barnes Picks Up His Pen at Patheos!

badcatholicbanner

I know you've missed him -- so many of you have emailed asking, "where has The Bad Catholic gone, I miss reading him! Will he be back?"And I kept saying, "I sure hope so," because I missed him, too.As both a mother and an editor, I know sometimes the birdies gotta spread their wings and fly, but when I wave them goodbye, it is always with the hope that they'll come around again, at least for a visit.Marc Barnes, graduated from college and now into grad school, has come around … [Read more...]

Monique Ocampo comes to Patheos Catholic

Monique Ocampo Thumbnail

Every once in a while we're happy to introduce readers to a new face with a developing voice, and so today it is a pleasure to make known to you Monique Ocampo, a young cradle-Catholic who has been freelancing, and staying very busy on Facebook, where I first read her.At that time, Monique was mentioning a vocational discernment, and because that's at topic of interest for many, it's one she will put some energy into exploring, here at Patheos. Look for future interviews with young men … [Read more...]

Fearful Christians at Duke Will Make Secularists’ Job Easier

Duke Chapel Courtesy of WikiMediaCommons

"Tolerance" as a concept has been so thoroughly bastardized by agendists using the word as a silencing cudgel, that I think many have forgotten what it is actually about: "putting up with" each other, in peace.Tolerance requires not that we "celebrate and support" each other, but merely that we make some room to let the gal or guy next to us -- regardless of what they believe -- live out their lives. Misuse of the word has sullied it and created such a disconnect between action and meaning … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood Provides Security for Church’s Chili-for-Choice

Allen Graham - PDImages / Shutterstock.com

There you go, that's a headline I never imagined writing.Tending to St. James Episcopal Church’s Facebook page typically isn’t a lot of work for the Rev. Dawn Frankfurt, the church’s rector since 2011.That changed last week.That’s when people started posting they were outraged that the church on East Douglas in College Hill was playing host to a “Chili for Choice” fundraiser Jan. 22 – the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that affirmed abortion as a consti … [Read more...]

Shall We Storm Heaven, Seek a Miracle for this Young Mom, Ashley Bridges?

Photo by Kamira via Shutterstock.com

'I'm not going to kill a healthy baby because I'm sick'24 year-old Ashley Bridges, mom to her young son Braiden, was ten weeks pregnant when she discovered that she had an aggressive bone cancer: Bridges underwent surgery to replace her knee and remove the majority of her femur. The doctors also said she should start chemotherapy immediately, but there was a very big risk. [...]"They told me what would likely happen to Paisley, that you know, she most likely wouldn't make it and I just … [Read more...]

Francis Sounding Like a Catholic Pope in Thrilla at Manila

wave papa wave

Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says:After discussing various threats to the family, including “a lack of openness to life,” he deviated briefly from his prepared remarks, transitioning from English to his native Spanish in order to speak from the heart about the subject.“I think of Blessed Paul VI,” he said. “In a moment of that challenge of the growth of populations, he had the strength to defend openness to life.”In 1968, Pope Paul VI released the ency … [Read more...]

Twilight of the Vaginas

IMG_3209

Here we go...Women's College Cancels 'Vagina Monologues' Because It Excludes Women Without VaginasYet I am a woman with a vagina, and this becomes an area of my concern when people start saying that I shouldn't reference or acknowledge that—that it's in fact bad and intolerant so 20th century to even speak about it. The fact that some trans women don't have vaginas doesn't negate the fact that the vast majority of women do. And now, in the name of feminism, "female-validating talk about v … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X