June 27, 2019

I have just finished reading a thought-provoking book by my friend Adam A. J. DeVille. The book is entitled Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power. It provides some intriguing ideas on how to reform and heal the Church  from the horrendous culture of abuse that we’ve seen revealed in the news again and again for a year now. Deville is an Eastern Catholic pointing out ways in which the Latin church could benefit from… Read more

June 26, 2019

  Some of you may recall that I recently wrote an article about a tweet by Kevin M. Cusick, LCDR. Cusick famously tweeted “Ladies, a priest I know was forced on Sunday to ask a woman at Mass to cover her shoulders. Please help the priest to protect the purity of the men at holy Mass by choosing to dress modestly. The alternative is awkward for all involved. Thank you.” Here is a screengrab of that tweet, just so we’re… Read more

June 23, 2019

Today is the Latin Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. A certain percentage of my fans like to tell me I should just make art and write about the Eucharist and feast days like Corpus Christi; they don’t like it when I “get political” as they find it off topic. Personally, I think this represents a gross theological error. Christ told us specifically where He would be found and where we were to worship Him as Christians until He came in… Read more

June 20, 2019

  Let’s say that there are no concentration camps in our country right now. Let’s say that’s not where we’re keeping the migrants who keep stubbornly showing up on the Southern border. Let’s go ahead and grant that that word is totally inappropriate, despite what some actual Shoah historians say.  Some say it is, after all. Let’s say that these internment camps are another sort of outdoor prison wherein huge numbers of a certain type of human being are concentrated together… Read more

June 20, 2019

I was downtown again, with an hour to kill. Rosie was at her martial arts class, so I had nothing to do but walk around and amuse myself alone until she finished. Oftentimes, when I’m downtown, I’ll drop in to see Christ at the Adoration Chapel, but it was after six o’clock so the doors were locked. On the one hand I’d hoped to pray there for a minute. I had been too sick to go to Mass on Trinity… Read more

June 17, 2019

  It is time once again for my least favorite part of being a Patheos blogger. Worse even than checking the Spam filter. This is the time when I remind everyone that my job here at Patheos is really just busking, but sparing you the horror of listening to me play the guitar. I get a very small paycheck, sometimes as high as two hundred bucks but usually lower, for clicks from Patheos, and the rest of my living is… Read more

June 17, 2019

Shannon Brinkley Portillo: I’ve seen black women say abortion rights isn’t important in our day-to-day reality, and be shouted down and called stupid, short sighted. Well, in American history, the right to abortion HASN’T been a huge problem for black women; our problem has been the opposite, right to want, have and mother our children. Read more

June 17, 2019

I just found out today that a documentary about my hometown is going to be aired on POV on PBS at 10 PM tonight, June 17th. The name of the documentary is Roll Red Roll, and it’s about the Big Red rape case. The Steubenville Big Red gang rape happened just about a year after my own birth rape in Steubenville. I had to live through the trauma over and over again as I watched my neighbors rallying around rapists,… Read more

June 15, 2019

By Jaime Mahler To where shall our money go? If you have followed some of the recent scandal news that broke this week, involving bishops, money and the statute of limitations, you may find the reaction to that news surprising. Some were angered, some questioned why spend money on something like that and then some found themselves asking why people wait so long to go to authorities. In the Catholic Church, authority is found in a hierarchical structure: the pope,… Read more

June 14, 2019

We’ve been talking about sexual abuse and harassment in the Church for quite some time now; we’ve also been discussing modesty on and off. Interestingly enough, I just yesterday found out that my Disqus spam filter randomly decided on a few words that it would never tolerate to be published in my comment box, and any word pertaining to sex was on the forbidden list. I just found the giant collection of comments yesterday– people will say the word “sex”… Read more

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