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Dear National Catholic Reporter, Don’t Fudge Parish Numbers

Last week, the National Catholic Reporter came out with a story about a parish they see as a model parish. However, the story exaggerated the parish reach and it misunderstood the sacrament of orders. St. William Catholic Church is a parish in Louisville run by a layperson. The archdiocesan website lists a lay “Pastoral Administrator,” […]

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Detail from the cover of Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? (fair use)

Decent Answers to Faith and Science

Ian Hutchinson recently wrote, Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?: An MIT Professor Answers Questions about God and Science. Most of the book is a set of questions and answers he’s taken up in various presentations on faith and science. Having read his book, I find most of it is good but a few of […]

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Detail from cover of Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness (fair use)

Disability Should Be Part of Christian Witness

Benjamin T. Conner recently wrote an interesting book trying mission and disability studies together. It attempts to show the disabled as part of the mission and the mission as involving and directed towards the disabled. In an interview, I said some similar lines specifically about autism: “Autism is part of the peripheries. We often think […]

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Woman in a wheelchair at the 2017 March for Life (my photo)

Why the Pro-Life & Disability Rights Movements Should Cooperate

I wrote up on why the pro-life and disability rights movements should work together as I think that there are common principles. Today, it was published in America. When I read about disability rights advocates who accept or silently condone abortion, or when I look at pro-life materials and find almost nothing on the disabled, […]

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Key Quotes from Christus Vivit

With Pope Francis issuing a letter to young people as after the synod on youth, we have an opportunity to reflect on what the Pope is saying to youth. As I read it, I pulled out some quotes and summarized other parts to hopefully give you a nice summary. Introduction Pope Francis begins “Christ is […]

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Fr. Chad Zielinski preaching as an air force chaplain (CC0 government photo)

Let’s Bring Back Parish Missions on Contraception

Following the post I made recently on explaining contraception, I follow up with one way I think that we can do this effectively. In the past, pastors would often ask visiting preachers to talk about the tough moral issues during parish missions. I see no reason not to return to some aspects of parish missions. […]

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We Need to Explain Why Contraception Is Immoral

This is possibly the most confusing Catholic teaching. I point out how even historically we have failed to explain it, followed by a discussion of some good arguments against it. I take my three principle arguments from a thick book on the topic by Dr. Janet Smith. I doubt all who need to understand will […]

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Autistic Children Should Receive First Communion!

Some people don’t know this, but the Vatican and US bishops are very clear that autistic and other developmentally delayed children can receive Communion. Being autistic is definitely not an obstacle to the Eucharist. Below is a transcript of the video above. Introduction A few weeks that a priest-friend of mine sent me a note from […]

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We Are Never Lost (Homily on the Woman Caught in Adultery)

This month, I was asked to prepare the homilies for a priest’s publication, Homiletic and Pastoral Review. For my readers, I will post the model text each week. Here’s the one for this Sunday on the Gospel of the woman caught in adultery. (As a note, some parishes will read the raising of Lazarus – […]

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Amoris Laetitia: A Complete Guide for Chapter VIII on Communion

Ever since Amoris Laetitia came out, there has been confusion about how to interpret chapter 8. I have written extensively on this document and with the second half of my more academic take came out this week, I think it is time to put together everything I’ve written for a complete guide. This guide will […]

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