All That Really Matters is How Much You Love Jesus?

2014-07-31T15:58:19-04:00July 31st, 2014|Categories: Apologetics|Tags: , , , , , |

When I resigned from my position as an Anglican priest one of the ladies in the parish was very upset. She couldn't figure out the point of my decision. "Surely!" she cried, "All that really matters is how much we love Jesus?" This is the response from many non-Catholics when faced with the doctrinal claims of [...]

Is Proselytism Solemn Nonsense?

2014-07-30T20:53:43-04:00July 30th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Pope Francis has been criticized in some quarters because he has said, “Proselytism is solemn nonsense.” He has also told Evangelical Christians and an atheist interviewer that he “doesn’t want to convert them.” In a meeting last week in Caserto he explained to his priests that their job was not “proselytizing” and he quoted Pope Benedict [...]

What That Church of England Vote is Really About…

2014-07-16T10:28:33-04:00July 16th, 2014|Categories: Anglican Matters|Tags: , , , , , |

On Monday the Church of England did not simply vote to ordain women as bishops. The members of the General Synod made an even more historic decision. They decided once and for all the true nature of the Church of England. After the Protestant Revolution of the sixteenth century it was very clear for three hundred [...]

Virginity and the Little Flower of the Mohawks

2014-07-14T12:55:08-04:00July 14th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

In learning more about St Kateri Tekakwitha I was struck by the connecting points between her and St Therese of Lisieux. Both were orphaned. Both suffered from a terrible disease. Both died at the age of just 24. Therese was called "the Little Flower". Kateri was called "the Lily of the Mohawks" Pictured are two antique [...]

Are Witches Ugly?

2014-07-12T09:10:25-04:00July 12th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

  This light hearted little rant about adolescent type behavior warranted a rash of comments from irate pagan/witchcraft types. Seems their green skin is pretty thin. (that was a joke) We all have to laugh at ourselves a bit, and I was surprised that the pagans--who I usually perceive as laid back and easy going--were so [...]

Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

2014-07-11T14:35:51-04:00July 11th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , , |

After meeting with a group of Pentecostal Evangelicals Pope Francis reportedly wants to preach in a Protestant church in Rome. This article reports on the meeting held in Rome with Pope Francis and TV Evangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical leaders including theologian Brian Stiller and Anglican bishop Tony Palmer. The Pope wants to go to [...]

Fear God – Why Not?

2013-11-05T13:17:48-04:00November 5th, 2013|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Says the Proverb. The critics of Christianity like to say, "Oh, I would rather choose to do good than be forced to do good out of the fear of hell." That's very nice, but what usually happens is that they don't actually do much good because they [...]

The Curse of Casual Catholicism

2013-07-25T08:43:35-04:00July 25th, 2013|Categories: Contemporary Culture, Patheos|Tags: , , |

Back in April I began a series on What’s Killing American Catholicism. The first post was on Cultural Catholicism and I argued that this was countered by Comprehensive Catholicism–a Catholic faith that is truly universal and transcends all cultures and ethnicities. The second installment was on Complacent Catholicism which is countered by Compassionate Catholicism. The third post focused on Cafeteria Catholicismversus [...]

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