Here's the upshot of the Boy Scouts decision: The Mormons won the day...
If anything, this vote represents another fascinating step in the ongoing journey of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into the safe mushy middle of American religion, that great shopping mall of the soul. The BSA leaders decided to go with the Mormons, United Methodists and suburban American Catholics. The clear losers?
Before I entered the Church, I put the "big" in anti-Catholic bigotry...
I shudder to think of it now. There I was at a CS Lewis conference and the esteemed teacher Peter Kreeft had been talking about ten things to learn from JRR Tolkien about evil. A brilliant talk. And, at the break, I had a chance to corner Kreeft to ask him a few questions. In the course of that short conversation...
The decay of Western culture happened on our watch, because "Beige Catholicism" is good for nothing...
Fr. Robert Barron speaks of 70s Catholicism as the era of “beige Catholicism” where all the zest, color, edginess, and zeal of the Catholic faith was painted over and Catholics sought to blend in, even disappear. Welcome to the results of “salt gone flat” Catholicism. Little by little we must recover our salt, our zest...
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote a short story about Jay Gatsby's Catholic boyhood...
The best acting in the entire movie is hands down Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. She captured the spirit of Fitzgerald's character: a women with a "pleasing contemptuous expression" with a "wan, charming, discontented face" who threw "her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet."
The media coverage of Pope Francis’ "exorcism" isn't journalism. It's just embarrassing...
It’s kind of charming that all popes have to deal with bad media coverage and global press frenzies. This week we’ve seen some awful media coverage of Pope Francis, including coverage of his blessing of a man after Mass on Sunday. Part of the blame must go to the Italian press, which really went crazy with the story in a way that might not be prudent.
Apologetics is not a telephone game...
There once was a minister who noticed that his little boy and the neighbor kids had decided to put together a funeral for a dead bird they had found. Being the Preacher's Kid, the minister's son was deputed to lead the services. Standing before the tiny grave, shoebox casket waiting to be laid into the ground...
The surprising identity cards of the last two popes...
With a delay of two months with respect to the traditional timetable, the 2013 edition has finally been published of the Annuario Pontificio, the voluminous publication that constitutes a sort of who's who of the Holy See and of the whole Catholic Church, at least in its hierarchical component.
There are four challenges awaiting Pope Francis at Rio's World Youth Day...
In exactly two months, Pope Francis will make his first overseas trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day. It shapes up as the biggest Catholic blowout of the early 21st century, a massive celebration of history’s first Latin American pope folded into what’s already the Catholic version of Lollapalooza. At one level...
The family fell first then faith followed...
The clearest example of the thesis on how family nurtures faith is in vocations. In the olden days larger intact families produced priests. That’s one reason the seminaries bulged back in the baby boom, also why there was something of a religious revival after the Second World War. But today’s two-child, one-child, no-child, broken-up...
How’s that “culture of encounter” workin’ for ya?
If you define a culture of encounter as a search for common ground, then the Church, by the lights of its own leadership, has been participating in one for decades. (George Weigel gives a good overview of the inner-city renewal projects co-signed by the Bishops’ Conference under Cardinal Bernardin’s leadership.) What it got in return was nuns on the bus...
I'm going to share a little life improvement secret I've discovered...
Even at this late date, I’m still looking for it: that one, simple step I can take that will make my life easier, make my love stronger, make my brain faster, and make my pants looser. Deep down, I know there is no such thing; but hope springs eternal in the heart of a lazy person.
Heroine says Catholic faith inspired her to confront Muslims who murdered soldier in London...
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the mother of two and former Scout leader who calmly confronted the Woolwich killers in hope of preventing further bloodshed, credits her heroic actions to her Catholic faith. Her Catholic values also come through in the video interview above, when she is asked why she wasn’t scared to confront the murderers.
"Who are we before God? What are our challenges?" Francis meets the Italian bishops...
At the close of the Italian bishops' plenary this week in Rome, the home-bench – led by its primate, the Pope – gathered in St Peter's tonight to make a communal Profession of Faith as part of the ongoing Year of Faith. The event marked Francis' first full encounter with the powerful Italian conference, known as the CEI.
The Book of Genesis is true, and the universe is 13.8 billion years old. There is no contradiction here...
Wouldn't it be great if scientists invented a device that enabled us to have a clear window into the past--so that we wouldn't just have to read about the past in books? Instead, with the new device--let's call it a Time Window--we could actually see events occurring in the past in real time, with our own eyes? That would be wicked awesome, wouldn't it?
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