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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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"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

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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?

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'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

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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

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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...]

When Children Love Saint Benedict!

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A friend of mine sent me this cute wrap-up of a conversation he had with his little daughters this morning. I reprint it here, with his permission, and am changing their names to protect their privacy, and also because I never got to name girl babies:Car Ride Conversation A Play in One Act ------------------------- Starring: Annaliese Serra* (7 yrs old) as herself Evangeline deSales* (5 yrs old) as herself Dad, as himselfScene: This frosty morning, driving my girls to their … [Read more...]

The Power of the Message: “It is Good that You Exist”

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Oftentimes, when I sifting through angry emails or moderating the comboxes and releasing comments from people who would presume to tell me I am going to hell, or that I am "outside of the church" (as an aside, I am fascinated by people who declare that on the basis of a single word, they know all about me and the state of my soul; there are people in Vegas who would pay cash-money to see that trick) I think back to what my dear Pope Benedict XVI, my spiritual "Pop-pop" has said:It is only … [Read more...]

Patheos Catholic Welcomes Michael Novak!

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While introducing readers to a new Patheos Catholic blogger, particularly one who has great writing chops but may have flown under the radars, biographical information can sometimes be a little thin; sometimes research is required.This is not the case with Michael Novak, whose new blog, Coming Down to Earth debuts today with a reminiscence of Lithuania and the Divine Mercy. In Michael's case, the biographical material is so plentiful it needs its own editor, or I'll get nothing else done … [Read more...]

4 Vital Conversations the Church Must Have Without Passion or Prejudice

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Echo chambers can be very deceiving. You go into the same sites everyday -- the sites you either love, because they validate your thinking, or love to hate because you can show them to others who also hate them, and have your feelings validated, once again -- and after a while you fall for an illusion of breadth and width; you begin to think that the 80 or 800 people with whom you agree are the vast silent majority; that "everybody" -- or at least the right-thinking folks with common-sense -- … [Read more...]


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