“So Great a Cloud”: Virtual Choir & Real Gift


Is there a real relationship between faith and technology, or is it just a matter of one using the other? Is the Church’s task with respect to the internet just to learn how to get its message out, or do we actually have something to learn from it? And do we have anything to offer back about technology, beyond moralizing about its proper use? Can we go beyond talking about how to use technology to talking about what it is really for?Here’s a potential answer to these questions: a beautiful vi … [Read more...]

Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero at 97

Archbishop Romero from the Ignatian Solidarity Network

Today, in addition to being the Feast of the Assumption, would have been martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero's 97th birthday. It's been a big eighteen months (or so) for Romero news. In April of last year his path to sainthood was unblocked, and although there hasn't been any movement thus far, when Pope Francis met with the bishops of El Salvador in May of this year he reportedly "assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding … [Read more...]

Our Transfiguration, and His

Transfiguration by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. at Flickr

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,  and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them;  his face shone like the sun  and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. - Mt 17:1-3  I write, on a gray-skied working Wednesday, of what the Greek-Catholic Dominican priest Jean Corbon called "the historical and literary center of the Gospel," the transfiguration of Christ. It's Fr. Co … [Read more...]

Must Read: Bishop Caggiano Interview on “Church Reform from Below”


The Deacon's Bench pointed this interview out a few days ago, but the interview is such a great illustration of some of the themes I posted about earlier this week that I'm going to point to it again.Sean Salai, SJ a Jesuit in formation who's working as a summer intern at America magazine, has been posting a number of great interviews over there, including one with the Patheos Catholic Channel's own Eve Tushnet. But as far as I'm concerned, the must-read Catholic interview of the summer is t … [Read more...]

Be Not Afraid: Francis and the 15th Annotation

Ignatius - Head from Rubens Portrait

“There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace.” St. Ignatius, whose feast we celebrate today, wrote that in 1543. Four hundred and seventy-one years later, that fundamental Ignatian insight that God is far more active than we are often willing to notice or trust is still valid — and, inasmuch as it has formed the current successor of Peter, very much at work in the Church.A cou … [Read more...]

A Third Way? Exploring the Church’s Teaching on Homosexuality

A big tent? Image: blackboard1965 / Shutterstock

Let me set the scene for you with two examples:1.  Stanza XXVII from St. John of the Cross’s Spiritual Canticle: There He gave me His breasts, There He taught me the science full of sweetness. And there I gave to Him Myself without reserve; There I promised to be His bride. Without reading too much into this, it’s not hard to imagine that John of the Cross experienced some same-sex attractions.  I’m not saying that John of the Cross was gay. There was no narrative around at his time for … [Read more...]