October 25, 2016

It is frequently observed that citizens use cognitive heuristics, or short-cuts, to make sense of the world. One unfortunate manifestation of this is our tendency to credit or blame the President for almost everything. The same can be true of our attitudes toward the Pope. A recent example is Matthew Schmitz’s suggestion in a New York Times op-ed that Pope Francis has “failed”. The reason for such a stark appraisal? Mass attendance among American Catholics is not increasing and fewer… Read more

October 13, 2016

The world’s being squeezed by a vise. On one side is materialism, determinism, no Creator, or a god that’s indistinguishable from creation. Thus, it’s up to man to take control—Serling’s “The Obsolete Man”, Orwell’s “1984”, Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. On the other side, the God of rules. Obey and go to heaven, disobey and go to hell. Thus, man’s role is to propitiate a capricious lord and master—Zeus, Tolkien’s Sauron, the god of ISIS and some fundamentalist Christians. Mercy and justice, unfathomable… Read more

August 29, 2016

I have two teenage daughters. It isn’t difficult to explain to them why I will not be voting for Donald Trump. He stands in direct contradiction to our beliefs, and I am convinced that his temperament would not make him a suitable leader for our country. But a few weeks ago when Hilary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated to run for President of the United States, I found myself struggling with how to talk to my girls… Read more

August 21, 2016

  Patheos.com hosts eleven faith channels, ten topical channels, and numerous other galleries and special topics that range across nearly all religious traditions–including those, at the Atheist Channel, opposed to nearly all religious traditions. At the Patheos Catholic Channel, this breadth is an inspiration. After all, part of being Catholic is to be catholic. In the grit of everyday work an inspiration can become a burden or at least a daunting challenge, as one can read in our ongoing series on “Catholicity: Identity… Read more

August 16, 2016

  “What is Catholicism?” is one question. “Who is a Catholic?” is a very different question; it is the question. Between today and August 29 (edited: we’ve extended the series, to make room for more!), the Patheos Catholic Channel will explore this question and disclose personal replies to it. I will post links here and provide a final wrap up post when the series is finished. I invite you–Catholic or not–to read, share, comment, and most of all to ponder… Read more

August 3, 2016

This particular blog, The Font, is the brainchild of Elizabeth Scalia, who during her decorated tenure as editor of the Patheos Catholic channel sought to create a place for writings that collect the voices across the Patheos Catholic channel and also feature guest posts from friends of the channel. I took over the position as channel editor on November 1, 2015. My early approach to the work was focused on the internal demands of the channel, relying on our fine writers to… Read more

July 14, 2016

Florida Massacre Artur Rosman at Cosmos The In Lost: Here is part of the statement issued by Holy See Press Office Director, Father Federico Lombardi SJ via Vatican Radio: The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. Pope Francis joins the… Read more

June 22, 2016

By Julian Alvarez Approaching the first anniversary of “marriage equality,” I’m impelled to look back at the last year with gratitude, sadness, and prayer. I look at all that transpired, shaken by the radicality of the changes that have been made in government and in society in general. My question, which coincides with my prayer, is “are we free? what does liberation look like?” My experience of freedom is that of a work in progress, but that’s what most sinner’s who… Read more

December 23, 2015

What is virtuous leadership? At the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, leadership is about more than theories, charts and balance sheets. It’s about the strength of character and the virtues that define an individual as a person and business leader. Such luminaries as Aristotle, St. Paul, and St. Thomas Aquinas all taught that the human person is made for greatness — a greatness of soul or what we call the virtue of magnanimity. To respond to what the University… Read more

September 27, 2015

While my schedule isn’t nearly as packed as 78-year-old Pope Francis’ (seriously–how does he do it!) there has been little time to be sitting composing pithy musings. But here I am with some quiet time in my hotel room before my 9 a.m. report time so following are some thoughts about my last day in New York (Friday). Friday I wasn’t assigned to cover a specific venue (though colleagues I know reported at 5 a.m. to be ready for the… Read more

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