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Ridiculous Rules of Religion

2024-04-12T09:54:14-04:00April 12th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

When I served as a high school chaplain the enforcement of the dress code brought back memories of my own adolescent attitude to rules, restrictions and regulations. If those in authority tried to assert their authority by imposing rules and regulations the adolescent mind immediately finds ways to get around it--to subvert the authorities and to [...]

Suspicion of Superstition

2024-04-11T12:12:50-04:00April 11th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

The longer I am a Catholic (or maybe it is just advancing age) the more suspicious I am of superstition in religion. Don't get me wrong. I don't think Catholics are any more superstitious than any other group of religious people --in fact I think they are probably less superstitious. Nevertheless superstition in religion runs deep amongst Catholics--as [...]

The Salvation of St Dismas (The Good Thief)

2024-04-04T19:19:02-04:00April 4th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

On social media this week some of our Protestant brothers have been using this story of St Dismas--the repentant thief who was crucified with Jesus--to take some pokes at the Catholic Church teaching. "You Catholics say baptism and Eucharist and good works are necessary for salvation, but what about the Good Thief huh? All he had [...]

On Altars that have been Altered

2024-04-03T17:49:42-04:00April 3rd, 2024|Categories: Blog|

Social media was buzzing this week in reaction to a ludicrous article at the National Catholic Reporter about a church in Ohio which was handed over to the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Apparently the traditionalists dismantled a wooden "Vatican II altar" and an older member of the parish is unhappy. What is [...]

The Ghost of Arianism in the Church Today

2024-03-26T21:33:17-04:00March 26th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

 Heresies are like weeds. They keep coming back. The thing is, they come back in different guises. In the fourth century Arianism was part of the great debate over the divinity of Christ and therefore the definition of the Holy Trinity. Arianism developed into not just a theological problem, but a major schism. The Arians had [...]

The Invisible Church

2024-03-19T21:19:50-04:00March 19th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

In her later years my Mother moved from the independent Bible Church in which we grew up to join a Presbyterian Church. At the Presbyterian Church they recited the Apostles' Creed each week, so on one of my visits home I asked Mom what she meant when she said she believed in One, Holy, Catholic and [...]

Questioning Eden

2024-03-12T09:02:57-04:00March 12th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

One of the most common questions kids ask when I visit their religion classes is "Were there dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden?" Other questions about the first chapters of Genesis are "If Adam and Eve were the first people what about evolution?" or the classic, "If Adam and Eve were the first people where did [...]

Mission, Ministry and Maintenance

2024-03-06T14:28:32-04:00March 6th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

I have just finished reading Austen Ivereigh's biography of Pope Francis in order to review it alongside a new book assessing the Francis papacy called The Synodal Pope. One of the themes of Pope Francis' life that Ivereigh brings forward time and again is the need for the church to be involved in mission and evangelization. These are [...]

Why the African Church is Different

2024-03-05T10:28:57-04:00March 5th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

It is clear that Christianity in Africa is the Christianity of the twenty first century. The African Church is young, vibrant, growing and demographically dominant. Here are some statistics: With 171.9 million faithful, sub-Saharan Africa represents 16 percent of Catholics worldwide, a third the number in Europe and more than double that in the United States. [...]

The heresy of Size-ism

2024-03-04T16:45:05-04:00March 4th, 2024|Categories: Blog|

Over on X someone posted a quote from the media "scientist" Bill Nye that observes the seeming insignificance of human beings in relation to the vastness of space: ""We are just a speck, on a speck, orbiting a speck, in the corner of a speck, in the middle of nowhere." OK. This is elsewhere called the [...]

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