SUMMER SYMPOSIUM: The Future of Catholicism

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Way back in 2010 Patheos spent a summer looking at the Future of Religion and asking people where they thought the churches, and faith itself, was headed. Our collection of Catholic writers and thinkers looked at issues like the rise of the digital faithful, the possibility of married priests, the vocational numbers and what they mean, and much more.It was only five years ago, but upon re-reading some of those pieces, they seem to be from a wholly different era; no one was then predicting … [Read more...]

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The Sickly Anchoress, Getting an Assist from Ireland

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So, this is how things happen, sometimes:Leah Libresco mentioned on Facebook that she would be heading to Ireland with her mother, and wondered if anyone would be interested in having her speak to their group while she was there.Naturally, because she is an endlessly interesting young woman who has countered the culture in a most public way, people did want to engage as you can see here.I am not her agent but one young Irishman, seeking to book her in Dublin, wrote an inquiring … [Read more...]

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A Symposium on the October Synod for the Family!

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There is nothing like a Symposium in Summer, or at least that's the way Patheos sees it, and when we've undertaken them, they've been ambitious, thoughtful and fun.This year, scaling back a little and trying something different, Patheos has devised a Summer Symposium utilizing the Public Square section of the site, and leaving each channel manager to choose a topic. Given the enormous (and it must be said, often unrealistic) expectations being placed upon October's Extraordinary Bishop's … [Read more...]

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