Pope Francis Wishes Patheos A Happy 5th Birthday!

Totally NOT photoshopped.

Wow! Just in time for the the big celebration, this communique just made its way into my “in” basket.

I tried to call your offices in Denver, and wish your website a happy birthday, but your number is unlisted. Instead, since I do keep up on the writings of some of my favorite Catholic bloggers on Patheos, I asked Frank Weathers to share this note with you, and the photograph of me enjoying the celebration with a little tres leche birthday cake that Archbishop Georg Gänswein special ordered for the occasion. It is very tasty. [Read more...]

Does God Hate Flags? An Answer On The 69th Anniversary Of The Flag Raising On Iwo Jima

69 years ago today…

I saw a blog post with this title recently: God Hates Flags: The Public Nature of Theology. It’s a pretty good piece written by Artur Rosman regarding the events going down in Ukraine.

I respect Rosman’s viewpoints regarding events in Eastern Europe, as he is from Poland. But I’ve been reading the Bible a little, and from this passage in Numbers it appears that no, God does not hate flags. [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendars For The 33rd Annual Chesterton Conference

The 33rd Annual Chesterton Conference will be held at University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary) in Mundelein, Illinois, from July 31-August 2, 2014. Hmmm. That’s where Fr. Robert Barron and the Word on Fire gang hang their hats. [Read more...]

Patheos Catholic Bloggers Spotted in Pasadena!

Catholic bloggers “r” us…

A few feet away from the grocery store where I once stumbled upon Stephen Hawking, I got to meet Joanne McPortland and Will Duquette. My family and I met them yesterday after mass at our former parish, and we introduced them to the gastronomic delights of one of our favorite local restaurants. [Read more...]

For the Next Two Weeks I’m On Vacation…

Left Coast Bound!

And it’s an honest to goodness vacation, too. Not two weeks off to power out a book (me? write a book? LOL!). Not two weeks off for a silent retreat (I kinda just had one, as my wife and kids left two weeks ahead of me). Not two weeks off to figure out how to save ‘Murika from the forces of eevil. [Read more...]

Simcha Fisher Is My New Neighbor?

Sorry, doll…the secret is out.

I wonder if she’ll let me borrow a cup of sugar every once in a while? You know what this also means? The Jerk is going to be here as well. Love that guy!

Check out her introduction by the Anchoress, and her first post, right cheer…

Intermission

So I’ve been informed that Patheos is doing another behind-the-scenes makeover of the website. The upshot? I won’t be able to post anything today as the elves do their work. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite songs which you may enjoy while you wait patiently for a post. Or, you can go read something controversial. Like a post about Hell. Or perhaps a post about Lying.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Motels, Suddenly, Last Summer.
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FYI…Changes Coming to the Combox

Just a heads up that all the blogs at Patheos are transitioning to the Disqus platform for comments. Old comments are being migrated over, which is why they have disappeared (and reappeared) over the next 24 hours or so. Other weirdness may ensue while the transition occurs.

Everything will be okay. Really. This song proves it. [Read more...]

Voting Has Opened in the 2013 About Catholicism Readers’ Choice Awards

And you can even vote for me, kind of. This just in… [Read more...]

“All That Remains” Praise Report

Just a brief note to say Thank You to everyone who gave to the latest (and hopefully, the last) All That Remains fundraising campaign hosted recently by Indiegogo. For those keeping track, the amount in the jar 16 days back was $45. The campaign ended in the wee early morning hours today with $3,110 dollars on tap. [Read more...]


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