I’ll See You in DC!

Oh, you all know how much I hate to travel, but when I got an invitation from the Catholic Information Center to come and talk about Strange Gods and do a little wine-and-cheesing, and book signing (hmmmm...I wonder how those things go together...I suspect...dangerously!) I couldn't say no.It starts at 6PM, so if you're around, stop by. I think the schedule is: drinking wine, me talking...more drinking wine.If you can't make it, though, I'd surely appreciate some prayers for my … [Read more...]

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Wherein K-Lo Wonders if I am Committing Sacrilege

She looks so sweet, doesn't she? Smart, and nice and soft-spoken. And I've met Kathryn Lopez and she really is all of those things, plus she is a completely down-to-earth, authentic sort who would "give you the shirt off her back", as the saying goes, if she can help you out.So, when someone like this says, "how about I interview you, regarding your book" you think, "well, this will be lovely; a piece of cake! I'll have a gentle afternoon burnishing my ego and tra-la-ing my way through the … [Read more...]

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If Atheists want a creed, they ought to have one

In Florida, some atheists, peeved that a monument to the Ten Commandments could not be protested out of existence are planning to erect their own monument, celebrating their beliefs:A small city in heavily Christian northern Florida is about to become home to the first public monument in the United States dedicated to atheism.Florida members of American Atheists, a national advocacy group, plan to erect a 1,500-pound granite display in front of the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, … [Read more...]

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Strange Gods Now on Kindle and my Sally Field Moment

Color me very grateful for the interest in Strange Gods and I have felt a little helpless when emails and social media messages asked when the book would be out on Kindle. The answer, finally, as of right now!I'm also grateful to folks who have been very kind in their assessments of the book, although I do have to admit that Terry Nelson from Abbey-Roads blog -- one of my favorite blogs, I don't link to enough -- gave me a start. I happened upon it this weekend and read: "At first I thought, … [Read more...]

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It is a strange thing to promote a book…UPDATED

I am a little late getting around to talking about the Patheos Book Club, which is currently featuring my book, among others. As I've expressed to some friends, I'm always really happy to promote books I like (and I like my book!) but promoting Strange Gods has been a little daunting for me. I'm not sure how to do it without sounding like this:Yeah, that cracks me up. But on the other hand, I'm always afraid this will happen:So, the book club is featuring an excerpt you can read … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis and I are in a Vulcan Mind Meld!

We've joked that our new Pontiff and I seem to be enjoying an unusual bit of synchonicity on the issue of idolatry. In his wonderful talks and homilies he touches frequently on the issue, enough so that Brandon Vogt -- the hardly sleeping and inventive Brandon Vogt -- took the time to create this amusing photoshop for me:Here's Pope Francis this morning:“The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an e … [Read more...]

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Shall we Embrace Human Wholeness in Church and in Government?

Deacon Greg features this with thoughts on the importance of second chances, and that's certainly part of this bit with Governor Christie and Former Governor McGreevey, both in context and subtext. But I'm seeing something else.I see an increasingly recurrent theme being given expression here, but it's one coming from various corners, and with a little room, and a little attention, it could possibly restore both our national equilibrium and our church-wide, spiritual balance, as well. What … [Read more...]

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Talking “Strange Gods” on Catholic Weekend

When Maria Johnson invited me to come and chat with the gang at SPQN's Catholic Weekend, I said "sure" without really knowing what to expect. I didn't anticipate a party atmosphere at Google hangouts, and I was a little frightened at the idea of talking with four people at once. But when Maria greeted me with a tiara on her head and a tee shirt proclaiming herself "The Queen of Everything" I realized I could have retained my Donald Duck sweatshirt. Tiara aside, I felt overdressed!In this … [Read more...]

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Traveling again…but look at my book!

I'm off to Myrtle Beach to speak at gathering for the National Council of Catholic Women, where I understand they're having a swell time at the Beach! You can follow the goings-on here and here. I'm hoping I'll be able to catch up with Lisa Hendey, while there!Since I won't be able to moderate, I will unfortunately have to close comments.Meanwhile, take a gander at the cover of my book, which will be released next Spring, by Ave Maria Press!You knew eventually I'd have to … [Read more...]

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