Category: Commentary

Rethinking Religion in Professional Life

I’ve been involved in a lot of programming related to religion at my corporate workplace. In the name of diversity and inclusion, one event I’m organizing currently is centered around the question, “How do you bring your religious self to...

Rethinking Religion in Professional Life

Wrestling with G.K. Chesterton’s antisemitism

Video: Dawn Eden Goldstein addresses the Chesterton Conference, July 30, 2021 I was extremely grateful to the Society of G.K. Chesterton for giving me this opportunity to discuss “Chesterton and My Jewish/Catholic Journey” at the 40th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference...

Wrestling with G.K. Chesterton’s antisemitism

Sadly, Traditionis Custodes was necessary

By the time I became a Catholic on April 4, 1999, I was already immersed in the Tridentine Mass. Also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, the Mass of St. Pius V, or the Extraordinary Form, I loved the prayers...

Sadly, Traditionis Custodes was necessary

Are the Poor Blessed?

Confusion about the Gospel teaching on poverty is widespread in the modern Church. The call to voluntary poverty is uncomfortable, particularly to the inhabitants of the wealthiest civilization in history. Human nature being what it is, this inconvenient teaching has...

Are the Poor Blessed?

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Today, August 14th, brings us the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the two “martyrs of Auschwitz” along with St. Edith Stein. Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan who was interned in the infamous death camp for publishing anti-Nazi...

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Catholic Media and the Circus of Homophobia

Certain sectors of the Church are once again going through a panic over gay clergy. The situation feels anachronistic, with the closest point of comparison in the secular world being the Cold War-era purges of gay people from civil service...

Catholic Media and the Circus of Homophobia

Holding all the cards

Back in my pre-WPI days, I spent a year or two floating around on Catholic social media defending Pope Francis, explaining Amoris Laetitia, and arguing with radical traditionalists and papal detractors about the development of doctrine, papal primacy, and the...

Holding all the cards
Juan De Juanes, Last Supper

The Eucharist needs to be more inclusive

The conversation around the Eucharist in recent months has focused on political figures and “Eucharistic coherence.” I can’t help but juxtapose these largely theoretical discussions with the real barriers to the Eucharist that exist for many of the faithful. I...

The Eucharist needs to be more inclusive

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?

The National Catholic Register recently published a blog post by Kevin Di Camillo, which argued that the “Traditional Latin Mass” shouldn’t be “silenced,” since a diversity of liturgical expressions doesn’t threaten Church unity. He writes: My liberal Catholic friends usually...

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?

United to the Past through the “Latin Mass”?

Pope Francis recently issued Traditionis Custodes, which restricts, but does not prohibit, the celebration of older forms of the Roman Rite. In his accompanying letter, Pope Francis explains that he is taking this action because the traditionalist movement has become...

United to the Past through the “Latin Mass”?