Category: Commentary

The traditionalist model doesn’t hold up

Typically I don’t post close to midnight just to share a four-year-old article I found, but typically I don’t read articles that are so clear and well-reasoned and strong in their argumentation that I almost become jealous of the author...

The traditionalist model doesn’t hold up

Sacramental Validity and Scrupulosity

The abbot dipped his right thumb in the chrism and made the sign of the cross on my forehead, He said, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” I responded, “Amen.” The abbot then said, “Peace be with...

Sacramental Validity and Scrupulosity

Slavery, the death penalty, and doctrinal development

There is a tendency among some Catholics to suggest that Catholic teaching has not developed or changed over time. If they studied history, they would know differently. Indeed, if they studied the saints and major thinkers throughout the centuries, they...

Slavery, the death penalty, and doctrinal development

Silverstream Priory, one-sided narratives, and spiritual abuse

On Friday of last week, Irish blogger Pat Buckley reported that four men have come forward with allegations including boundary violations, spiritual abuse, and sexual harassment against Dom Mark Kirby of Silverstream Priory, the author and alleged visionary behind the popular devotional...

Silverstream Priory, one-sided narratives, and spiritual abuse

The Road to Moundsville

The story of the making of the Moundsville film on PBS, the oral history of an American post-industrial town in West Virginia– and why it doesn’t talk about Trump.  The religion of the majority of Americans commands them to love their...

The Road to Moundsville

Schism and the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

As I shared last week, Sacred Heart University hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Francis: Is a Schism on the Horizon?” The discussion was organized and moderated by the Canadian academic and writer Michael W. Higgins and was hosted by Sacred...

Schism and the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

Let Us Dream of a Post-Roe Future

January 22, 2022 marks almost fifty years since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade found that a constitutional right to privacy protects a woman’s right to choose abortion. What has happened during half a century of legal abortion?...

Let Us Dream of a Post-Roe Future

“Discipleship” means Conversion

Conversion is not a feel-good word. There is an interior magic in every beginning, says Hermann Hesse, but life teaches us that there is also a lot of effort. Looking back to the Church’s sometimes glorified past for answers concerning...

“Discipleship” means Conversion

They Lay Heavy Burdens on the Shoulders of Others

Influential reactionary Catholics, including a former US papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, and Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, have told their followers to reject the COVID-19 vaccines because of their supposed connection to abortion. Such advice has already...

They Lay Heavy Burdens on the Shoulders of Others