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Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

2021-01-01T13:23:12-04:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, "Hi Mary!" When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, "Y'all say, 'Hail Mary' and 'Hail' just means 'Hi', so it's my way of saying 'Hail [...]

Who is “Q” — The Mythical World of Biblical Critics

2020-12-03T13:50:41-04:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever noticed that modernist Biblical scholars don't believe in the infallibility of the Bible, but they do believe in the infallibility of their own theories? The Biblical critics love to get down and pick over the New Testament. They've made an industry of it. There's form criticism and source criticism and literary criticism and [...]

Is the Story of Adam and Eve a Myth?

2018-02-20T12:03:26-04:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

One of the debates between atheists and fundamentalists is about the stories of Genesis. The problem with both sides is that both of them are literalists. They stand back to back like two madmen–looking in opposite directions, but from the same viewpoint. Neither side has a poetical bone in their body and both sides agree on [...]

Is the Jonah Story a Fable?

2018-01-23T18:12:34-04:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

I'm in Vero Beach, Florida leading a parish mission. I love getting out to other parishes like this because I get a chance to meet real Catholics other than my own parishioners and hear their stories and listen to their lives. After Mass this morning a woman cornered me and said, "Father! I was at Mass [...]

Do Not Kill the Lord’s Anointed

2018-01-19T14:15:54-04:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

There is an interesting lesson to be gleaned from today's Old Testament reading from Mass. David and his warriors are on the run from jealous and paranoid King Saul. Saul has been trying to track David down and kill him when David and his men go deep into a cave to hide. Saul, not knowing David [...]

The Sacred Page

2018-01-13T15:55:52-04:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

I highly recommend The Sacred Page. It is a terrific website maintained by Catholic Biblical scholars Brant Pitre, John Bergsma, Michael Barber and John Kincaid. Every week they post commentary on the Mass Readings. In addition to this Brant Pitre records videos explaining the Mass Readings. They last about 20-30 minutes and are crammed full of [...]

Myth and Magic in the Mundane

2022-03-21T20:36:21-04:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Theology and Bible Study|Tags: , |

The Old Testament as Fantasy Literature As an English snob once said, “How odd of God to choose the Jews.” What is remarkable about the history of the Jewish people is that it is unremarkable. It is extraordinary because it is ordinary. In other words, the Hebrews did not build ziggurats and hanging gardens. They did [...]

Thundering Through With St James

2014-07-25T13:02:08-04:00July 25th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture, Theology|Tags: , , , |

St James Here is my latest article for Catholic Exchange. It's unlocks an interesting detail about St James and the dating of the New Testament. Bible scholars piece together details of evidence to build up a full picture of the New Testament authorship and dates. Their work is like that of a detective—picking up a [...]


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