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October 19, 2018
No, Simcha, Dissent is Not Tantamount to Rape
Simcha Fisher recently published an article comparing dissenting from the Catholic church’s position on things...
October 12, 2018
A Tale of Two Priests: On Authority
In the past two days, I received correspondence from two different Catholic priests reacting to...
October 02, 2018
Crossing the Rubicon: Why I Will No Longer Enable the Catholic Hierarchy
A while ago, one of my atheist commenters observed that watching me grapple with my...
September 30, 2018
Do You Feel Safe in Church?
The last time I attended a Catholic church was a couple of weeks ago. I...
August 12, 2018
A Monstrous Monstrance, or Why Does Religion Suck?
Writing about God is difficult. It’s almost as hard as writing a good sex scene....
July 31, 2018
Humanae Vitae and the Scandal of Abuse
Well, it seems that at least one Catholic Archbishop has taken a break from the...
July 30, 2018
Is It A Sin to be Scandalized by Abuse?
Yet again, the Church is being rocked by a clerical abuse scandal. And yet again,...
June 01, 2018
The Democratization of the Faith
Since Vatican II, there has been a great fear among orthodox Catholics that a focus...
May 15, 2018
The Abuses of Hell
I’ve been away for a while, but I wanted to get back to the discussion...
March 26, 2018
Mass Without Children
A couple of weeks ago, I actually got to Mass without kids. I had the...
February 26, 2018
A Hell of One’s Own: Why Mortal Sin Really is Mortal
Recently, I’ve been re-reading my book of philosophical dramas, Eros & Thanatos, and it’s...
February 22, 2018
Lent and Exhaustion – Running On Fumes During Lent
Let's say it’s over a week since Ash Wednesday and you haven’t given anything up...
February 15, 2018
Act Normal: Christian Community and Mental Illness
I’ve just finished reading Kristy Burmeister’s new book, “Act Normal”. It’s a memoir of her...
February 13, 2018
Discernment In Black & White
Previously in My Introduction To Geh Sex and Is One Of These Virtues Not Like...
January 24, 2018
Two Things We Mistakenly Believe Are Ours
At the heart of the Church’s social teaching there are two essential insights into the...
December 29, 2017
Spiritual Warfare: a Strategist’s Guide
In general, I have my reservations about the image of “spiritual warfare,” not because it’s...
December 13, 2017
Struggling to Confess
Okay, so I'm slowly, painstakingly working on the NFP book -- there's a bunch of...
September 16, 2017
Too Tired to Pray
One thing that you quickly find if you're trying to do ministry on the margins...
August 17, 2017
Addicted to Patriarchy: Infallibility IV
I mentioned yesterday that I see the relationship between the Catholic laity and the hierarchy...
August 16, 2017
The Fractal Church: Infallibility Part III
I promised that I would talk about the difference between infallibility and authority, and why...
August 07, 2017
Pope to King 4: Infallibility Part II
Last time I talked about the backdrop for my concerns about infallibility. Today, I want...
August 05, 2017
How Many Theologians Does it Take To Define Infallibility?
I mentioned earlier that one of the issues I've been grappling with is the question...
August 01, 2017
Crisis of Faith Part II: Off Key and Out of Tune
So I tweeted recently that I have semi-resolved my crisis and I'm staying Catholic, at...
July 22, 2017
Crisis of Faith
We long for something greater than ourselves even when we fear that we are alone...
July 01, 2017
The Scandal of Diversity
As a Catholic, I'm constantly reminded that I can't just go around excommunicating people that...
June 27, 2017
The Problem of Many Gods
It's not talking to God, but rather finding oneself in the presence of something that...
June 27, 2017
Still Not an Atheist
I've got a piece up today over at Aleteia about why I'm not going back...
May 05, 2017
Is American Christianity an Ideology or a Culture?
You actually do have a literal culture war going on where the two most prominent...
May 04, 2017
Benedict Option: Do We Need A Catholic Bubble in the Universal Church?
I've seen a lot of hate poured out on the idea that Christians should seek...
April 12, 2017
Pokemon: Gateway to Magic!
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