Category Archives: Church Commentary

Further Reflections on Clerical Dress for Deacons

Further Reflections on Clerical Dress for Deacons

Once and a while, you get lucky. So when a former key staffer for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops takes the time to comment on your blog, a simple thank you isn’t enough. Deacon William Ditewig, Ph.D. was kind enough to share these thoughts on my posts, Should Deacons Wear the Roman Collar, andContinue Reading

Reverend Know-It-All

Reverend Know-It-All

Oh Wow. I just read the best article on religious education that I have read in a long, long time. I’m not usually one to shamelessly plug someone else’s articles, but you seriously need to check this out now. Here is a short excerpt to wet your appetite. “In order to commit a mortal sin,Continue Reading

23 Churches, 1 Scandal

23 Churches, 1 Scandal

So I was taking a look at a friend’s blog, Fear Not Little Flock, when I came upon a disturbing article. The main issue is in reference to some comments made to the Eastern Catholic Bishops during their ad limina visit to Rome. Now these comments did not come from our Holy Father, but theyContinue Reading

The Catholic Church Hates Women? (Ordination of Women)

The Catholic Church Hates Women? (Ordination of Women)

Yesterday I spoke about how some people view the Church as being anti-women, and I focused on their charge that the Church’s ban on birth control was somehow aimed at the oppression of women. In other words, this is a two part article, so if you want to read the first, Click Here. Moving on,Continue Reading

The Catholic Church Hates Women? (Understanding Birth Control)

The Catholic Church Hates Women? (Understanding Birth Control)

I have the pleasure of spending time with many college age men and women. I have always enjoyed this age group more than any other. I love their inquisitiveness and their idealism. I love that they look so deeply into the meaning of things, searching for lessons they can take forward into their lives. SoContinue Reading

Forbidden to Wear the Roman Collar

Forbidden to Wear the Roman Collar

I had an interesting comment on a post I wrote a while back, “Should Deacons Wear the Roman Collar?”, and as that post is one that continues to garner interest, and his question was really good, I thought I’d take a moment to muse on it. “…. I think you should ask one other question.Continue Reading

Notre Dame Letter

A friend was kind enough to pass this email to me. If you have the time, I would love for you to respond. I cannot tell you how important it is to respond to these attacks against our Catholic institutions, especially when the attacks come from within. You won’t believe this… The University of NotreContinue Reading

Genesis is Only the Beginning

So in our deacon formation classes, we have a bit of an argument, and I thought it would be fun to air our dirty laundry all over the internet. Okay, so it’s not all that, but we do get rather excited over this topic. Is the creation account in Genesis historically accurate, or is itContinue Reading

You’re Such a Jerk

So I was looking over my posts over the last few weeks, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I sound overly critical. I truly don’t mean to be that way. I’m not a jerk, I swear! When it comes to the Church, I’ll be the first to say there are real problems. There areContinue Reading

Holding Hands?

I’m a touchy guy, I’ll admit it. I always love those Italian movies where folks are running around kissing everyone they know on the cheek as a standard greeting. I love to hug people, and I’ve got a pretty firm handshake. I like to touch people. In my family, we are very touchy as well.Continue Reading