Category Archive: Theology

Aug 01

The Church Just Did for Movements What She Did for Religious in 1978, Only Better

The Church does not rush to judgement, but reflects and ponders clearly to ascertain what is God’s will. This can take years, even decades. Vatican II renewed many aspects of Catholic life: the sacramental character of a bishop’s consecration, the lay vocation to holiness, the religious life, and the structure of the Church. All of …

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Jun 22

Amoris Laetitia Study Guide

I produced a study guide for Amoris Laetitia for RCSpirituality.org. I have questions for every chapter so an ordinary Catholic in the pew can discover what Francis wants to teach us all. I also made notes where needed to avoid misunderstanding. You can read it there. If you want a teaser, here are the first paragraphs: …

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Jun 14

Overview of ‘Iuvenescit Ecclesia,’ on the bishops and the movements

I had my first article published on Crux today. Here’s the first lines; read the rest there. Throughout the history of the Church, God has bestowed gifts upon individuals for the benefit of all. Some of these are through the sacrament of orders and some are charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit independent of the …

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Feb 10

Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care …

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Dec 16

Abba or Allah: 2 Views of the 1 God

I have always loved science: when most boys said they wanted to be policemen, I wanted to be a paleontologist and study dinosaurs. Now as a priest, I still enjoy looking at science as a sign of God’s beautiful work in the world. Looking for an Islamic understanding of natural science, I came across a …

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Oct 28

We Don’t Live a Gospel of Sin Management

There were once two evil brothers. They were rich, and used their money to keep their evil ways from the public eye. They even attended church, and appeared to be perfect Christians. Then, their pastor switched. Not only could the new pastor see right through the brothers’ deception, but he also spoke well and true, …

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Oct 16

Youth Group Member = Missionary???

This Sunday is mission Sunday. You probably didn’t remember that. Don’t worry, I didn’t either but someone reminded me. Would you call the kids in your youth group missionaries? Most of us wouldn’t. But do you strive for them to become missionaries? That’s the tough question. I’ve been reading Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic …

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Oct 08

12 Things a Catholic Youth Minister Can NEVER Say

Here’s my top 12 list of things we can’t say in Catholic youth ministry. I hope it’s enjoyable and informative. 12. I never learned that in theology Of course you didn’t. If you think that you will learn every practical detail from your theology degree, you’re dreaming. There is a lot of practical stuff theology …

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May 21

Leaving Myself to Reach Teens

It’s so easy to put up a wall and hide. We can easily present our perfect face. It feels good to be in control and to appear that we aren’t affected by the little problems of the day. Who doesn’t want to seem like the good guy? Yet, if we are like this, are we …

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May 06

Jesus or a Moral Code?

“Make sure Johnny learns how to respect his parents.” “Suzie needs to know about chastity since I worry about her.” “I don’t care what you do as long as Bobby is good boy.” How often do we get these phrases from parents in youth ministry? Are morals the goal of youth ministry, then? It seems …

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May 02

Faith and Reason (Watch This Video)

Today one of the most difficult issues to describe to teens – or anybody else for that matter – is the relationship between faith and reason. I have heard a bunch of talks that were good but they were usually philosophical. I could never show them to teens, and I had trouble simplifying them. Then, …

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Apr 15

Is Heaven Temporary?

When I was a kid I understood heaven as sitting on a cloud listening to an eternal harp concert. I wasn’t sure if it would be me who sat there or just some ghostly version of myself. I would have rather played Lego, won sports, or eaten mom’s home cooking than listen to harps. It’s better …

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