• How to say Yes to God and No to others.

    A time ago, I was speaking to a young woman about her attempts to discern God’s will in her life. She gave me permission to share her story. She came to me because she felt paralyzed by the instability in her life. The last eight years had been marked by erratic, disconnected, short-term... Read more
  • Newman on St. Philip Neri as a Model of Reform

    In these troubled days of crisis and scandal, the Catholic Church is populated by many a “bruised reed” and many a “smoldering wick.” The wounded faithful are all around us. At its root, the word “crisis” indicates a moment of decision, a moment of critical importance. All... Read more
  • Bishops ask for prayers for start of talks in Nicaragua

    The bishops of Nicaragua have asked the faithful to pray for the dialogue begun Wednesday between the government of President Daniel Ortega and the opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy. In a message posted on social media, Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua... Read more
  • What Went Wrong in Priestly Formation?

    For centuries, the Church has been referred to as the “Barque of St. Peter” passing over the waters toward her heavenly destiny. It was in Peter’s boat that Jesus sat as He taught the crowds (Cf. Lk 5). The barque, or boat, was a place of danger in several instances when Jesus and His... Read more
  • Harass, assault, repeat

    This past Sunday in China, members of Chengdu’s Early Rain Covenant Church gathered inside living rooms for worship as they’ve done since the Chinese government shut down the church and arrested its leaders in December. But this week, police showed up at two homes, forcing... Read more
  • What Happened When Atheists Attended a Talk on Exorcism

      In speaking on “The Devil: Fact or Fiction?” recently at Minnesota State University-Mankato, I learned that members of the University’s Secular Student Alliance (SSA) would attend my talk. At the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester has... Read more
  • Church Abuse Crisis – Join The Conversation

    Father Gabriel Richard High School’s annual Familiaris Consortio lecture series for 2019 was called Phoenix from the Ashes: The Sex Abuse Crisis and the Future of the Catholic Church. Hundreds of Catholics heard keynote speaker Dr. Janet Smith and others present the abuse crisis as an... Read more
  • Supreme Court hears arguments in ‘Peace Cross’ case

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, which will determine whether a cross-shaped monument honoring those killed in WWI is a violation of the First Amendment. The Bladensburg Peace... Read more
  • Censoring Pro-life Ireland

    On February 22, 2019, The Irish Times reported  that “a four-year-old child, who was found to have been injured at 20 weeks’ gestation, is to receive €45,000 damages for personal injury arising from an accident in a [supermarket] store.” The Irish Times went on to report that the... Read more
  • Cardinal Pell felled by abuse claims – but are they credible?

    Cardinal George Pell, formerly the Pope’s right-hand man for Vatican finances and the face of the Catholic Church in Australia, has been convicted of abusing two choir boys when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s. He will almost certainly serve time in jail. Pell has vehemently... Read more