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Sin as an Occasion of Grace

This Tuesday was the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Something about that struck me differently, this year. I’d normally think about Paul being struck down and all the following drama — because that’s what I usually hear emphasized, … Continue reading

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A Nun in the Closet

A Nun In The Closet by Dorothy Gilman My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a delightful read this was! Just the thing to lift the spirits: cloistered nuns meet hippy flower children and discover commonalities, as well as mystery, … Continue reading

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Rosemary Haughton on Mother Church and her twin sister

…here I want to suggest an answer by sketching two allegorical figures. One of them is a very familiar personage. Her name is “Mother Church.” She is, in many ways, an admirable and dedicated person, deeply concerned about her children, … Continue reading

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All Saints Day!

For all the saints, who from their labors rest, Who thee, by faith, before the world confessed Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed: Alleluia, alleluia! Happy All Saints Day!! This is my favorite holyday outside Christmas and Easter, and … Continue reading

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Review: Four Views on the Apostle Paul

Four Views on the Apostle Paul by Michael F. Bird My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first book of the recently popular “N Views on Topic X” form that I’ve read, and I think it’s a great … Continue reading

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Open Letter to NCAA and Penn State from a Catholic

Dear people, I am not a sports fan, but perhaps this gives me the same kind of useful outsider’s perspective that non-Catholics had on the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church. The similarities in the two situations are, … Continue reading

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Religious Liberty: Theology, Law & Effects on the Church

This was the title of an event that I attended at my parish last Thursday, related to the “Fortnight of Freedom” campaign spearheaded by the US Catholic bishops (most notably the recently appointed Archbishop of Baltimore, William Lori). From the … Continue reading

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I’ve started phase 2 of my independent study on Paul, so I’m now thinking about “justification.” I’ve read the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification along with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran responses to it, the resulting clarifying annex … Continue reading

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Talk with me about St. Paul

This summer, I’m doing an independent study course, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Perspectives on Paul, with Dr. Michael Gorman. Independent studies are great, because you can tune them to your interests; but they’re a bit lonely, because you don’t have … Continue reading

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Refusing to be Scandalized

So there was this big Catholic news story a couple of weeks ago about the Vatican (the CDF) and the nuns (the LCWR). You might have been wondering why I haven’t said anything about it here. I’ve been thinking. Well, … Continue reading

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