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Author: Paul Fahey

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Smiling with Pope Francis

Friend of WPI, Jose Rodriguez, recently had me on his podcast, Conversation on Tap, to talk about our mutual love of Pope Francis. It was a joy being able to share what I find most compelling about Francis without getting...

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Working for Justice amid Partisan Politics

In this new episode of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I finish up our discussion of the USCCB’s pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” As we walked through the eight action points that the bishops’ propose in...

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“Most people would not consider themselves to be racist…”

In episode two of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I continue our examination of the first part of the USCCB’s letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” In this episode we finish discussing the “Do Justice” section and then...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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May we be profoundly shaken

For the past couple of weeks I have taken up Pope Francis’s recent encouragement that we read his encyclical Laudato Si. I’m ashamed to say that I’d never read it before, but I decided that now is as good a...

You are your Brother’s Keeper

Across the country, bishops are gradually beginning to allow public Masses again. This process will be slow-going, and the dioceses that are reopening have extended the dispensation of the faithful from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. How public liturgies...

Is this a divine punishment?

I think it’s completely natural for believers to look at this pandemic and the profound suffering it is causing and ask themselves “why?” The Catechism calls the experience of suffering and evil a “scandal” before going on to say, “If...

At every time and in every place

Millions of Catholics around the world are now facing the reality that they won’t be able to attend any Holy Week liturgies or receive Communion on Easter Sunday. The Triduum is one of my favorite times of the year. I...

“I am with you always”

When I hear the words “Apostolic Penitentiary,” I don’t usually think about the maternal love of the Church (actually, I had to go to Wikipedia to look up exactly what this tribunal does when I first heard of it). However,...

Who we know God is

Recently I’ve been struck by a verse in chapter seventeen of John’s Gospel. Jesus is with his apostles during the last supper, offering a long prayer, and at one point he says to his Heavenly Father, “Now this is eternal...

Be Perfect

The gospel reading today ends with Jesus summing up his great Sermon on the Mount by saying, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We can easily misunderstand what this passage means and leave feeling like Jesus...

The Living Bridge to LGBT Catholics

Earlier this month I attended a talk by Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, during the 2020 Encounter Conference on the topic of Christian unity. Dr. Healy proposed a wonderful image for ecumenism that...

A Vulnerable God

“Lord Jesus Christ, through your Incarnation you accepted a human nature and lived a real, human life. Setting aside the glory of your divinity, you met us face to face in the vulnerability of our humanity.” This is the beginning...

The insidiousness of the opposition

“Opposition to the pope is not new, but what is new is the level and intensity that is there…It’s the insidiousness of the opposition movement that I think is scandalous for us.”  Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the new archbishop of Washington,...

“I’m still teaching the same things I always taught…”

In my spiritual formation as a young adult, the idea of a future schism–refusing to submit to the teaching of the pope–was presented as a “liberal” concept. The idea was that in the name of progress, some Catholics rejected papal...

A Response to Ross Douthat

Where Peter Is was recently mentioned in the New York Times, in a column by Ross Douthat entitled, “What Will Happen to Conservative Catholicism?” In the piece, he surveys the ways that conservative Catholics in America have responded to Pope...

Are you concerned about the synod?

Some thoughts to consider if you’re at all concerned about the Synod on the Amazon or the final synod document: 1. A synod is ultimately just an advisory body for the pope. Likewise, the Amazon Synod was simply bishops and...

Our Lady of the Amazon, a Rorschach Test

By Paul Fahey and D.W. Lafferty Those little statues brought to the Amazon synod by the REPAM group, so callously stolen and thrown in the Tiber, have functioned as a sort of Rorschach Test for the Church. Some Catholics view...

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