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Pope Francis Teaches Holiness: Gaudete et Exsultate Study Guide

Recently Pope Francis wrote a document on how we can all be holy called Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). I produced a study guide to help you if you want to read or discuss it. It has a lot to teach us all. I want to share with you a few points from it […]

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The Death Penalty Is Wrong But Not Intrinsically Evil or Infallible

People have been repeatedly saying that Pope Francis changed Church teaching on capital punishment on Thursday. They claim he infallibly declared the death penalty is intrinsically evil. This has two errors, it was neither infallible nor declared intrinsically evil. For reference, the key words in the statement from the Vatican are: The Church teaches, in the light […]

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How to Evangelize on Social Media (Evangelizing Social Media, part 4)

I know many people wanted this series to start with evangelizing on social media but I think the other three videos provide a good background. The first video provided a definition and history of social media. How social media affects our mindset was the theme of the second video. The third spoke of how we can evangelize that […]

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Evangelizing the Social Media Mindset & Culture (Evangelizing Social Media, part 3)

This third video in my series on Social Media moves to evangelization. In the previous two videos, we’ve discussed social media in general and how it affects us. Now we ask, what is the way to evangelize those people? Since Social Media is now 11% of the average American’s day, that will affect them. If we want […]

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What Does Social Media Do to Our Mind (Evangelizing Social Media, part 2)

We all know social media changes our mind, but how does it change our mindset? We’ve all probably heard a story of online bullying or about widely-shared fake news but what drives these behaviors? We know interactions on social media are different from offline, but how are they different? And how does this change us? […]

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Should We Use Technology in Homilies?

There has been some debate about the role of technology in homilies. Dioceses might run a video of the bishop in place of the homily or others may be averse to almost any technology in church. I take a slightly more moderated view which Homiletic and Pastoral Review recently published. Here are a few highlights. […]

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Fundamental Principles of Social Media (Evangelizing Social Media, part 1)

People have asked me for a long time to help with their social media. Many people asked assuming there is a quick easy technical fix but this often is not the case. I have made presentations on this topic several times and recorded a version done a few months ago. This version is split nicely […]

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Good for Keeping Kids Away from Technology But Not for Mastering It

Michael Horne provides an excellent primer on all the dangers for kids regarding technology in The Tech Talk but he spends scant time showing the good side that can be there. Almost a year ago, I was on an EWTN panel with Dr. Michael Horne, PsyD. He mentioned a  soon-to-be-published book he wrote on kids […]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with the Writer/Co-Director of the Humanae Vitae Movie

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Rickard Newman who is a convert to Catholicism and the writer and co-director of the movie “Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae”. Me: Can you tell me a little about how you came to know the Catholic Church and its teachings on sexual morality? Rickard: I […]

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Catholic Naïveté Regarding Immoral Acts: We Must Be Wide-Eyed

In recent weeks, there have been a few stories about sexual assault on Catholic college campuses. The fact that there are sexual assaults doesn’t surprise me. It’s not that I think there’s necessarily something wrong with the dating culture on these campuses: I just know our human nature is fallen. I would even suspect that […]

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