Calling Missionary Disciples: Convocation of Catholic Leaders

The United States Bishops convened a “Convocation of Catholic Leaders” in Orlando, Florida from July 1-4. Thousands converged from all over the country. There were bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and lay leaders from hundreds of dioceses, parishes, and Catholic apostolates. The theme was “Missionary Discipleship.”  The theme was timely. Months ago, Bishop Robert Baker announced that […]

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Narratio

Man is a story-telling animal. We make sense of our experiences, or fail to make sense of them, by the stories we tell. We perceive our lives as going well or badly in terms of the narrative of our lives. One of the greatest gifts of Catholic faith is the story of salvation history. The […]

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Liberalism and the Catholic Tradition: Problems with the Modesto Statement

. The US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements recently concluded. Many members of the Church hierarchy lent their support. Ironically, the conference returned the favor by throwing hierarchy under the bus. The conference’s “Modesto Statement” attacked hierarchy in all its forms as “intrinsically immoral.” . This position is philosophically incoherent, theologically heterodox, politically untenable, and […]

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Grace and Freedom

We have free will because we can deliberate, but our choices do not proceed like Buridan’s Ass. On the contrary, we are the freest when we can easily and quickly choose the good, not when we are locked in indecision. A man who deeply loves his wife may hardly be tempted at all by a […]

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Luther 2.0

. The Reformation of the sixteenth century raised fundamental questions about the Christian faith. Can we keep the moral law with the help of grace? Is sacred tradition a reliable guide? What role should reason play in Christian life and theology? Is the Mass a sacred sacrifice offered to God? Is Christian marriage a sacrament? […]

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Getting the Most Out of Mass

In statistical terms, the Catholic Church in North America is in trouble. Surveys show consistently that we lose more adult members than we gain. The reasons have little to do with hot-button political issues, unpopular doctrines, or even Church scandal. The most common reason people give for leaving the Church is their failure to connect […]

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The Convivial Christ

Jesus was not an ideologue. He did not push a political program. When Pilate confronted him about his agenda, Jesus responded, “My kingdom is not of this world.”  Jesus recognized the legitimacy of government. (“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”)  He simply took no overt stand in favor or against the various political factions of […]

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