October 11, 2020
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The Secularization of the Church in Our Midst

Sadly, one of the most obvious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the extent to which the institutional Church has been secularized. Many are familiar with the term secularization in terms of the broader culture. There is no need to repeat here at...

On Remaining Catholic

A few mornings ago, while enjoying my morning swim, I noticed a small bird sitting atop a tall palm tree. It was somewhat windy and the tree bent first one way and then the other. With each gust the bird clung more tenaciously. The drama continued...

The Catholic Church and Women

For Catholics, as well as Jews and other Christians, the story of man’s relationship with woman begins in the Book of Genesis with God making Adam from the dust and Eve from Adam’s rib, and the two subsequently eating the forbidden fruit—Eve after...

My Faith Has Been Weakened

I grew up thinking the Holy Catholic Church may have been something that it wasn’t.  I also understand that there is no such thing as a perfect institution or organization in today’s world, even the Catholic Church, but I had a respect for the...

Pope Francis and the State of the Church

The story thus far: When Pope Francis advised young people to “cry out” on issues, I commented that though “no fair-minded person would doubt his good intentions,” his advice had serious shortcomings. My suggestion immediately drew several responses...

How to Keep our Kids from Rejecting God

According to a September 2, 2015 Pew Research survey, about 45% of Americans declare themselves to have a Catholic “connection.” Of these, just 20% practice their faith, 9% view themselves as “cultural Catholics,” 9% declare...

What Happened To Catholicism?

Catholics old enough to remember how different the Church was fifty or so years ago often wonder what happened to change it. The most common answer is the Second Vatican Council happened. But that answer raises more questions: What happened at that...