What Should a Pastor Say?

The presence of so many people on Easter (like at Christmas and on Ash Wednesday) is, shall we say, the 800 pound gorilla in the room. [Read more…]


This is not a long post.  This is not a critically reasoned post.  Rather, it is an attempt to explain, partly to myself, why I have decided participate in a bit of Facebook activism.  I don’t usually participate in the social actions that crop up on Facebook, and indeed at times I have been openly [Read More…]

On married priests

At least since Vatican II there has been discussion about married clergy in the Western Church, with many people advocating for it to address the vocations crisis, and with equal numbers arguing in support of the current discipline.  Often missing from these discussions is the fact that the Church has been quietly experimenting with married [Read More…]

On leaving my parish

This post is sort of related to the recent post on Trump’s election, but it is much more personal.  Let me start with a story.  About forty-five years ago, when I was six or seven, my family quit our parish, St. Patrick’s, and moved to Annunciation, the adjacent parish.  I was young, and though my [Read More…]

An old example of liberal Protestant anti-Catholicism

When my Mom died a couple years ago, as we were sorting out her stuff to give to charity, I went through her boxes of books and pulled out some for my own library.  My mother was a great reader, and she helped nourish my own love of books.  We never read many of the [Read More…]

Is It Worse Now?

At mass this morning, one of our deacons preached.  In the middle of a somewhat disjointed sermon, following a thinly veiled attack on the Democrats (he named no names but castigated one party platform for violating the fifth and sixth commandments and for advancing the “transgender agenda”) he asked the question:  are things worse now [Read More…]

How to Respond to a Conspiracy Theory

This is post I thought about a few months ago, but am finally find the will (“ganas” in Spanish) to write.  Last May, the Catholic paper of the Diocese of Birmingham, One Voice, published a guest column by Alice von Hildebrand, entitled “Recalling a Hero.”  The column was distributed nationwide by the Catholic News Agency.  [Read More…]

Going Home, Going Into Exile

A great pleasure of moving to Tuscaloosa has been the discovery of a small but thriving Mexican-American community.  Latinos (primarily Mexican-Americans but also some Guatemalans and El Salvadorans) make up about 4% of the population of Alabama.  They work in agriculture, lawn care and similar jobs, and have also opened a large number of small [Read More…]

Favorite Patron Saints

As I was catching up on my administrative backlog, I came across an interesting contribution:  an infographic depicting a handful of saints who are, shall we say, patron saints of some pretty odd things.  You can view the graphic here: Holyart:  Five Curious Patronages of Saints Who are your favorite saints and what are their [Read More…]

A response to my post on Trump

Many months ago, almost but not quite getting ahead of the curve, I had a post in which I argued that Catholics should not vote for Trump.  After comments closed, I received an email from R.S. who wanted to comment on it, but found the comments closed.  As I am still trying to find my [Read More…]