August 21, 2019

He writes: Thank you so much for your recent post about the moral principle of cooperation. As a practicing bioethicist in Catholic Health Care it’s comforting to know there are bloggers with such mass appeal who are able to provide such important clarification about what the Church actually teaches.  This principle is so important in today’s world of social media where if someone disagrees with you on one thing you experience intense pressure to cut off all ties with that… Read more

August 20, 2019

This is another typically fine piece from Where Peter Is: a website dedicated to the radical proposition that the Pope is neither a heretic nor a monster: In my last article, I tried to illustrate how the nuanced concept of silence appears throughout Francis’ corpus of theological thought. One question remains yet unanswered, however: why has Francis chosen silence as the venue to address his critics, namely the dubia and Archbishop Viganò’s testimony? With this in mind, I would like to recall… Read more

August 19, 2019

They say: Thank you for getting back to me with this reply. Although I appreciate all of it, two things in it stand out in particular: While the ChurchMilitant crowd does call out sin in the hierarchy, it fundamentally has a false view that the problem can be fixed by replacing everyone without conservative views or who is gay. So many of those implicated in the abuse crises as enabling abusers, like the Diocese of Lincoln or Cardinal Hoyos, were… Read more

August 17, 2019

to entertain us with Hillaire Belloc Cautionary Tales: Read more

August 16, 2019

They write: I want to start by saying the I appreciate your writings, especially on poverty. I was coming to the conclusion that American churches alignment with Ayn Randian economics was related to “faith alone”/antinomian theology, which claims that the Christian life ought to require no sacrifice, and you expressed these thoughts very well in your books and blogging. Some protestants have also come around to that idea, as articulated in David Platt’s book. I’m unfamiliar with Platt, but I… Read more

August 15, 2019

I thought I would post an Oldie But a Goodie as an offering to her: The final Marian dogma—the Assumption—was promulgated in 1950. But like all doctrinal developments throughout the history of the Church, it is rooted in apostolic teaching and reflected in Scripture. Pope Pius XII defined the dogma this way: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” What evidence is… Read more

August 14, 2019

… you can go here and listen to my Catholic and Enjoying Live! interviews with Destiny Herndon-de la Rosa of New Wave Feminists and Mike Lewis of Where Peter Is.  The latter is getting a bunch of hate from the guy who runs Canon212, so that’s a hopeful sign. Read more

August 14, 2019

She writes: I know you are busy, and there is no need to reply to me on this, but I would like to share with you some thoughts – or questions – about venial sin. Thinking back over some of the sometimes heated discussions about Amoris Laetitia, it seems to me that there was something missing from the discussion. Some, mostly conservative, people seemed to have difficulty understanding the distinction between actions that are grave matter in themselves, and the… Read more

August 13, 2019

The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats is about the judgment of “the nations” (or “goyim” to use the Hebraism that lies behind that translation.  It is a term that refers to those “outside the covenant people”.  For Jews, it meant Gentiles.  For Christians, its meanng shifts to “those outside the household of faith”. The hopeful implication of the story is that salvation does not extend merely to those in visible communion with the Church.  None of the saved… Read more

August 12, 2019

Catholic and Enjoying It Live! is on the air at 7 PM Pacific (10 PM Eastern) every Monday night.  Tonight, we will be discussing how healthy Catholics live in fidelity to the Magisterium of Pope Francis and stop running after every conspiracy theorist declaring him a heretic.  You can listen here and you can call into the show at 1-866-333-6279 while we are on the air to chat with us yourself. My guest, Mike Lewis, is one of the founders of Where… Read more

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