Happy Easter! It's that wonderful moment in the Liturgical year where churches around the US see members come out of the woodwork and actually go...to...church. Yay! Yay? For those of us whose butts are in the pews every week, Easter and Christmas are probably considered the most frustrating times of the year. It's a reminder of… Continue reading God Bless the C/E-ers!
As only a 10-year-old can! #Easter #Alleluia #kidart #catholic #catechesis
Over the last two years I stepped away from this baby to do some incredible things. Crazy things. Overwhelming and insanely rewarding things. And yet, just like that, I find myself called back here. Today is Good Friday, a day where we must face the fact that if we choose to follow God we will… Continue reading Return
Karl Keating recently wrote about an all-but-forgotten work of apologetics called Some Thoughts on Catholic Apologetics, by E. I. Watkin. Skimming through Mr. Keating’s explanation of the book’s relevance for modern apologetics, I was struck by how much of the sentiment mirrored my own. As Mr. Keating notes, “To Watkin, dry, abstract approaches used during the… Continue reading It’s Time to Change How We Defend the Church’s Teaching on Contraception
Catholicism, to the surprise of many, barely supports capital punishment. In fact, the robust history of Catholic social justice seems to be unknown to many Catholics, let alone non-Catholics. Otherwise I don't think there would have been such a collective sigh of relief when Pope Francis shifted Church rhetoric away from procreative issues. Just for fun, let me list… Continue reading What’s the point of Social Justice?
The topic of homosexuals, gay marriage, and Catholicism weighs heavily on people’s minds. I understand how confusing and hurtful Church teaching seems on this issue, and a good friend has been gently nudging me to address this for a while now. His most recent comment to me is as follows: One thing, as you might… Continue reading Why Can’t the Church Support Gay Marriage?
Pope Francis declared Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church this morning. From Vatican Radio: St. Gregory of Narek is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. Born in the city of Narek in about 950 A.D., St. Gregory came from a line of scholars and… Continue reading A New Doctor of the Church