December 4, 2020

This week, two different sites posted interviews with me. Earlier, I posted the interview on Profiles in Catholicism. Now, I have another interview with a site called Learn from Autistics. This is a website created by the mother of an autistic son where she seeks out ideas from adult autistics to help other parents of autistic children. She interviewed me about autism and religion. Here is the start of the interview. The rest is on their site. Fr. Matthew Schneider is a… Read more

December 3, 2020

Pope Francis wants to make sure every Mass is accessible and people with disabilities can always receive the sacraments. International Day of Persons with Disabilities In 2019, for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Pope Francis noted that we can be ministers not just ministered to. He said, “It is necessary to care for and accompany persons with disabilities in every condition of life… and to make way alongside them and to “anoint” them with dignity for an active… Read more

December 2, 2020

Profiles in Catholicism is a website that tries to interview leaders in the Catholic world. I felt honored when they asked for an interview. I guess I’m some kind of Catholic leader. The interview just went up on their site. I hope that some of you find it helpful. I quite part below, but if you want, the whole interview is on their site. Gordon: When did you receive your vocation With whom did you discuss it and was that… Read more

November 23, 2020

The whole question of vaccines has been simmering in Catholic circles for a while. When COVID vaccines started to be developed, this came up more. Now that we are closing in on approval, it is a big issue. I decided to write a piece on the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines. My unique angle is to examine degrees of remoteness in cooperation in evil or appropriation of evil. The main point being that once you get to these the steps… Read more

November 20, 2020

As society becomes more aware of autism, many of us are being diagnosed as adults. As priests or ministers, this changes our ministry. I’ve spoken before about how this changed my ministry. Others, like Dr.Lamar Hedwick and the priest behind the AspiePriest blog, have talked about how an autism diagnosis changed their ministry. Last week, a Baptist site carried the story of another pastor. Jim McCaffrey spoke about his diagnosis in his 30s in 2017. He was already a pastor… Read more

November 13, 2020

Fr. Harrison Ayre and Michael Heinlein just released Finding Christ in the Crisis. It’s a short book reflecting on the current COVID crisis with lockdowns, etc. It is a good simple reflection thinking about how we – individually and communally – can profit from this situation. This is not a collection of one-liners that work as pull-quotes but a more thoughtful reflection. They take the pandemic seriously but without hysteria. Their book can be divided into three topics: general reflections, personal… Read more

November 7, 2020

There have been different bad pastoral ideas. But I think recently I may have seen one of the worst. During COVID, a dying woman wanted to confess before she died. Then the Deacon attending her suggested she shouldn’t confess. What!?! Really, this unfortunate thing is reality. I now offer a translation of the piece with the author’s permission. For months, many have discussed the pastoral response of the Church during the COVID pandemic. I can’t agree with complaints that there… Read more

November 5, 2020

We are now at about two weeks since the documentary Francesco came out. This documentary misconstrued the Pope’s position on civil unions. The Vatican was slow to respond but now we have an official English version of the clarification they offered. Skip to the second section if you already know the background. Background First, a little background can be found in my two prior articles. This documentary had a bunch of clips of the Pope taken out of context and resown together… Read more

October 31, 2020

States have slowly been adopted assisted suicide legislation. This is unethical as it is taking a life before it is over. It often means the elderly or disabled are pushed towards taking pills to kill themselves. Almost any state could be next. And as a Catholic, this is a top voting issue as it involves the taking of human life. Until Roe v. Wade is overturned, states are unable to make significant abortion restrictions. If no significant restriction of abortion… Read more

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