Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, LC

Author's details

Name: Matthew Schneider
Date registered: November 11, 2012
URL: http://22catholic.com/?page_id=6

Biography

We love Jesus. Jesus loved us first. I want to help you experience Jesus and become his apostle. I'm a priest with the Legionaries of Christ ordained in 2013, living in the Washington DC metro area where I studies at STL and helps out with various ministries. I'm also one of the top priests on social media with over 40,000 Twitter followers. I'm originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but I've worked throughout North America.

Latest posts

  1. Traditional or Progressive, Conservative or Liberal Are Misleading Regarding Religions — November 19, 2017
  2. Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate — November 17, 2017
  3. Silence: A challenging but valuable discipline — October 29, 2017
  4. Unique Lebanon shows why refugees need safe zones in Syria — October 28, 2017
  5. Discovering I was a “Catholic Hipster” before that was a thing! — October 28, 2017

Author's posts listings

Nov 19

Traditional or Progressive, Conservative or Liberal Are Misleading Regarding Religions

After hearing foreign terms for religious life many times, I finally wrote my thoughts into an article. Isn’t it time to stop labeling religious communities with alien terms? I always wonder what commentators mean when they say a religious community is traditional or progressive, conservative or liberal. Why do we bring these foreign terms into …

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Nov 17

Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

I wrote a piece on foster-parenting including an anonymous testimony of a friend. Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a …

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Oct 29

Silence: A challenging but valuable discipline

I wrote a spiritual reflection on silence for Aleteia: Not long ago, I did an eight-day silent retreat. In my community we do this every year. Afterward I Tweeted out a short summary: “So often in prayer what really matters is something beyond words: the experience of God above what language can describe. I’d say the …

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Oct 28

Unique Lebanon shows why refugees need safe zones in Syria

I wrote about the issues surrounding Syrian refugees in Lebanon over at Crux. Most of the attention at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) summit on Christian persecution in Washington on Wednesday surrounded Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement that the U.S. would redirect funds targeted to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East away from UN-sponsored programs …

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Oct 28

Discovering I was a “Catholic Hipster” before that was a thing!

I wrote a book review on Aleteia: In The Catholic Hipster Handbook, writer Mary Rezac has a chapter on buying from the local farmer’s markets as a way of living the principle of subsidiarity, but she doesn’t go to the extreme of starting your own organic farm. Looking back on my life, I think I might have been …

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Oct 12

Why the Debate about Aborting Down Syndrome Babies Matters

I recently wrote on the Catholic Stand about the wider consequences of the debate around aborting those with Down Syndrome. Iceland aborts about 98% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome and averages under 2 babies born with Down’s a year. CBS recently featured Iceland as “the country where Down syndrome is disappearing,” and lauded how they …

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Sep 27

“Why I am Catholic?” – Bringing the Transcendentals into Apologetics

I wrote a review of “Why I am Catholic?” by Brandon Vogt for Aleteia. When I was in my teens and 20s I loved apologetics books. I loved learning all these scriptural zingers to hit Protestants with. It made me feel secure in my faith. But then something changed. I realized this form of apologetics, …

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Aug 23

As a Church, we should value new and existing members

I wrote on Crux about the current debate regarding the value of the words of cradle Catholics and converts. One aspect of genius in Catholicism is its universality. Often, we think about this when we consider how the Catholic Church has lasted 2000 years or how it has expanded to almost every corner of the …

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Jul 08

Applying Six Offline Models to Online Evangelization

I wrote an article on evangelizing online on Homiletic & Pastoral Review about how to evangelize online. The Internet has now opened up as a wide field for our evangelization. Much of the cultural interchange now takes place via such electronic means. The Church is called to step out into every new forum and evangelize it, …

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Jun 24

How can we as Church do better on suicide?

I wrote a few ideas on how we can better deal with suicide earlier this week. We might think we’re among the compassionate ones. But are we really? I was speaking recently to a young woman whose friend had taken her own life. The friend had always been one of those girls with the biggest …

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Jun 10

Catholicism Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

I wrote a piece comparing Catholic institutions’ response to dissent vs. secular institutions’ response to Catholicism on Catholic Stand. Paul Griffiths is an expert on Catholic thought, holding the Warren Professor of Catholic thought at Duke Divinity School but this past month he was forced to resign for questioning liberal orthodoxy. On the other hand, last …

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Jun 03

Müller’s defense of ‘Amoris Laeitia’ reads it in Church tradition

Card. Müller came out strongly in support of reading Amoris Laetitia last week so I summarized it and commented. On Thursday of last week, Cardinal Gerhard Müller continued his defense of an orthodox reading of Amoris Laeitia in the most forceful manner yet in an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo. Müller, the head of the Vatican’s …

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