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The Sower and the Seeds: A Timeless Parable

A reflection on the Mass readings for Sunday, July 12, 2020. If Jesus walked among us today, I wonder what parable he would preach? Amidst the pandemic, the social unrest, the racial inequalities, the dehumanization of the human person, the degradation of the environment, what parable would Jesus use? The use of parables...

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A Heart Conquered by Christ: Rodrigo Guerra on Pope Francis

Dan Amiri and I continue our conversation with philosophy professor Rodrigo Guerra, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the founder of the Center for Advanced Social research in Mexico. In this discussion, Rodrigo sheds some light on Francis’s theological and philosophical background, dispelling the myth that Francis is not an...

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Which Pope said this?

“[Regarding whether the Church should sell her treasures], this is an easy question. They are not the treasures of the Church, they are treasures of humanity. For example, if tomorrow I decide to put Michelangelo’s Pieta up for auction, I cannot do this, since it is not the property of the Church. It...

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To Preserve Culture Is To Kill It

To attempt to preserve a culture is the surest way to kill it. Like a flower that is pruned so it can be put on display, cultures begin to die when they are removed from their roots. The Catholic culture warrior’s reaction to modern-day iconoclasts inevitably will backfire, unless the focus can shift...

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Aparecida: We cannot reduce the faith to moralism and ethics

Those who have followed Pope Francis’s papacy closely have likely heard many references to his role in creating what is known as the “Aparecida document.” Released in 2007 by the Episcopal Council of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), then-Cardinal Bergoglio was the head of the commission that drafted the document, which encapsulates a vision...

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Pope Francis and the Latin American Church with Rodrigo Guerra

In this new podcast, Dan Amiri and I talk to Rodrigo Guerra about the Church in Latin America. Rodrigo is a professor of philoshopy in Mexico. He has a Ph. D. from the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. He is an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, a member of...

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The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 3

In the last installment of my primer on Marian apocalypticism, I looked at the ideological Fatima movement in relation to the Second Secret of Fatima. Here I will continue my look at this movement with a focus on the controversy surrounding the Third Secret of Fatima. At the heart of traditionalist mythology involving...

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Why the Vatican is silent on Viganò

“The Vatican, however, has not spoken.” — JD Flynn Catholic News Agency July 1, 2020 Last week, Catholic News Agency (CNA) published an essay by their editor-in-chief, JD Flynn, analyzing Archbishop Viganò’s growing pile of public missives and the Vatican’s silence about him. In this article, Flynn correctly notes that Viganò’s original contentions—about...

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Faith is more than Assent: Dei Verbum, Chapter One

Whenever we talk about divine revelation, we must also talk about faith, for faith is the human response required by it (DV 5). As I explained in part 1, Dei Verbum shifted the Catholic understanding of revelation away from the words on the page to God’s self. Our understanding of faith must change...

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A Catholic Perspective on Racism – new podcast episode

In episode one of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I discuss the first part of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” In this episode we go through the Introduction and “Do Justice” sections of the letter. We have organized the podcast so that listeners...

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Race and Catholic books for children

In recent weeks, protestors in cities across the United States and Europe have toppled statues of historical figures who participated in, or even fought for, slavery and the slave trade. While at first, the focus was on monuments to the most egregious offenders, such as Confederate generals, a critical eye has now been...

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Was that Paganism in the Vatican?

This is one of the most important—if not the most important—podcasts we have done to date. Pedro Gabriel and I talk about the work he did to unravel and respond to the controversy surrounding the Vatican prayer service before October’s Vatican Synod. We discuss how not only did he encounter an unrelenting, angry,...

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The X-Men and Combating the Culture of Hate

When I was growing up in the 1990s, it seemed like nearly every Marvel character had a television cartoon. I remember watching Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, and Iron-Man on Saturdays. Similarly, the DC superhero shows, including the venerable Batman: The Animated Series and Super Friends caught my attention. Since I was very young, there...

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Which Pope said this?

“Once the water of the font has been blessed, the heart must be prepared to accept Baptism. This occurs with the renunciation of Satan and the Profession of Faith, two actions which are closely connected. In the same measure with which I say “no” to the suggestions of the devil — the one...

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WPI’s New Project – Apostles’ Field Guide

I’m excited to share with you a new project that WPI has been working on, the Apostles’ Field Guide podcast. We started our first podcast, Peter’s Field Hospital, back in March and Mike Lewis has had some great conversations with the WPI contributors as well as notable guests like Austen Ivereigh, Christopher Lamb,...

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Theosis, Pastoral Accompaniment, and the Law of Gradualism

Back in January the Lord put on my mind and heart an idea for a theological essay that he wanted me to write. I don’t say that lightly here. Never before has something burned within me until I wrote it down. So over the course of several weeks I wrote it and then...

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Catholics, COVID-19, pseudoscience, and confirmation bias

This is part two of my conversation with Pedro Gabriel and Claire Navarro about how the differences in our native cultures shape the approach to politics and the Catholic Church in our countries. Pedro provides his insights as a medical doctor on the varied responses of Catholics around the world to COVID-19, and...

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Gnosticism: When Is a Mystery Not a Mystery?

In my last essay, I took aim at Pelagianism, a heresy from Late Antiquity, which Pope Francis has frequently targeted in its perceived modern forms in his teaching. In this essay I will discuss Gnosticism, the other major heresy whose descendants—according to the Holy Father—are seen across modern Christianity. While Pelagianism is named...

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Statues and Living Stones

A culture can grow barren when it “becomes inward-looking, and tries to perpetuate obsolete ways of living by rejecting any exchange or debate with regard to the truth about man.”  — Pope Francis Querida Amazonia 37 (quoting St. John Paul II in Centesimus Annus)   A culture that exists only to perpetuate itself, that...

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Peter is the Church’s source of unity

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, so obviously we could not let today go by without mentioning the patronal feast for our website! Pope Francis delivered a wonderful homily today, recalling how today’s First Reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, reveals the source of unity for the early Christians...

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