January 26, 2018

Join me in September to re-trace the steps of the Magi from Petra to Bethlehem and beyond. Go here for full information Read more

January 24, 2018

One of the most common jibes of atheists against religious believers is, “You folks are engaged in some serious fantasy-like wishful thinking. You believe in a magic fairyland beyond the clouds where everyone will one day live in blissful peace, and you believe you will go there one day. You believe in a Santa Claus like mythical being who is your big sugar daddy in the sky who will make you happy by magic. You believe in hell where all… Read more

January 22, 2018

You can now go to my main blog to listen to the podcast of my homilies week by week. Go here for Sunday’s homily: Citizens of the Kingdom and Fishers of Men. Read more

January 22, 2018

Thomas Williams reports here about the Catholic Bishop of Little Rock. Anthony B Taylor– boycotted the March for Life because the state Attorney General was on the platform, and the Attorney General is in favor of the death penalty. Williams points out that the two issues are not exactly of the same magnitude: In the United States, every 15 minutes more unborn babies are killed by abortion than convicts are executed during the entire year through capital punishment. Last year… Read more

January 10, 2018

Ross Douthat has a column at the New York Times today which ponders the priestess of pop religion: Oprah Winfrey. In the fall of 2014, Oprah Winfrey ran a “transformative two-day live event,” a traveling roadshow that was held in eight cities around the country. For this interactive revival-tent experience, she was joined by her “handpicked life trailblazers,” authors and personalities whose work she considered essential for the theme of the roadshow, “The Life You Want.” The trailblazers included, among others, Iyanla Vanzant,… Read more

January 9, 2018

Some regular readers at Patheos may be wondering what happened to my blog Standing on My Head. Last fall I moved it over to my new website to consolidate all my outreach efforts in one place. I still blog here from time to time, and ten years worth of archived material is still published here at Patheos. However, new material is published every day at Standing on My Head. The new blog website is free and without ads and pop… Read more

January 8, 2018

When I was researching my book Mystery of the Magi – The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men I discovered the extraordinary amount of legendary and mythical material surrounding the magi story. More than any other gospel story, the tale of the wise men who came to pay homage to the Christ child attracted elaboration and legendary and mythical accretions. From the early second century the Protoevangelium of James began to add levels of detail to the story, but… Read more

December 23, 2017

There was a case some years back when same sex  civil unions were legalized in Britain in which two elderly sisters applied to get married so one could inherit easily if the other died. As I remember, they were denied their civil rights. I guess that was not only a case of two women marrying, but the fact that they were sisters raised a few eyebrows. But these two Irish chaps seem to have managed it. You can read the… Read more

December 15, 2017

A poll from the Pew Research Center reports that fewer Americans than ever believe the Christmas story is historical. The New York Times reports here about the “Christmas Wars” The most seismic change captured by the survey, from a theological standpoint, may be the declining number of people who said they believed the biblical story of Christmas accurately reflected historical events. The survey asked respondents about their belief in four parts of the biblical Christmas story: that an angel heralded the… Read more

December 12, 2017

When I lived in England there was a brewery that boosted a brand of beer called “Courage” They had a striking ad campaign that featured a pint of their beer with the simple slogan “Take Courage”. The same might be said of a new website launched by the Courage apostolate. For those who are not in the know, Courage International is an apostolate of the Catholic Church which offers support to persons experiencing same sex attraction. It was founded in 1980 by… Read more

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