Catholicism and Bad Religion: a One-Two Punch

Last year, the book I spent more time urging you to read than any other was Robert Barron's Catholicism, which I called a "course in revolution", arguing that a better-understanding of who we Catholics are, where we came from and what we embody in the world can be a social and political game-changer like nothing else.This year, I believe I am going to be nagging you to read Ross Douthat's Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics as a sort of "companion book" to Catholicism. Once we … [Read more...]

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Benedict at 85: a Cloister Unto Himself

Today is the 85 birthday of our dear Pope Benedict XVI, and he speaks very plainly to the day:“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.”“I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty."In a few days we'll celebrate the 7th anniversary of his pontificate. I canno … [Read more...]

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American Heretics Abounding

In my First Things column of last week, I quoted a small portion from Ross Douthat's remarkable book Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics, which will be released this week.I plan on writing a fuller review of the book, but one of my concerns with my column was that I'd inadvertently given the impression that Douthat spent a lot of time discussing the issue of sexual morality, hypocrisy and homosexuality. In fact, he spends very little time on that front -- mostly, in fact, as he … [Read more...]

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Ecce Homo, Christ’s Church and Homosexuality – UPDATE

My column at First Things this week did not start out addressing the coming, unstoppable and necessary confrontation between the church and the homosexual community, but then I read about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's decision to support a gay member of a parish council over the priest who wished to unseat him, and Edward Peter's sensible response. With Ross Douthat's excellent, must-read book, Bad Religion; How We Became a Nation of Heretics swirling in my head, the column simply bent to a … [Read more...]

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“When shall we begin to do good?” (video fixed)

Last year I had a chance to interview Tony Rossi about The Christopher Awards, and how they emphasize how Christ is borne in the stories, these awards bring to our attention.The latest awards have been announced, and they'll be presented in May, but over at his blog today, Tony features one of the honored books, Kisses from Katie: a Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, and what an inspiring, humbling story it is!A few years ago, the Tennessee teen served as class president at her … [Read more...]

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God and the Machine at Patheos!

Seems like just yesterday we were welcoming Kathryn Jean Lopez and Tony Rossi and now we get to break out the beans and bourbon again, another author and editor-at-large (Games Magazine) who has something to say! I'm am very pleased to introduce you to Thomas L. McDonald, and to announce the launch of God and the Machine, a new blog exploring faith, technology and where things lean heavy or light!Tom's CV is exhausting and impressive. Aside from authoring three books, and overseeing … [Read more...]

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No, David Gregory is not a Hack

I'm seeing a lot of remarks on Twitter about this exchange between Newt Gingrich and David Gregory this morning.I'm seeing people saying Newt "schooled" David Gregory; that he "took it to" Gregory and so forth, but Gregory lets Gingrich speak for nearly two full minutes, uninterrupted, and in doing so he allows Gingrich to point out all of the issues that are going undiscussed, everyday, while the Democrats and the media promote the absolutely false narrative that anyone is trying to ban … [Read more...]

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The Gospel of Tebow? More Reads

Two Tebow pieces of interest to Tebow fans:First up, Joseph Bottum, who made a big hit with his Christmas-themed Amazon Single (a short ebook) Dakota Christmas, has published another one, this time on Tebow: The Gospel According to Tim:Believe in him, I mean: believe that he’s for real. The young man is drunk on charity, in the same way he’s drunk on the endorphins that race through his body during his strenuous daily workouts. In the same way he’s drunk on the excitement of winning a … [Read more...]

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The Orgasmic “Yes” of Catholic Faith – UPDATED

I've tried to illustrate the point, before, and had a sense that it makes people uncomfortable:God takes pity on human limitations and tries another way of teaching and reaching, a better way to know the transcendence. He says, in essence: For your sake, I will become broken, too, but in a way meant to render you more Whole, and Holy, so that our love may be mutual, complete, constantly renewed, and alive. I love you so much that I will Incarnate, and surrender myself to you. I will enter … [Read more...]

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God is Not Done with You

Deacon Greg's homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him.  But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened.  The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is invi … [Read more...]

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