Catholic churches across the country are being violently attacked

It's not getting much (any?) attention in the mainstream media, but Catholic parishes in several states have been physically attacked recently. In Ocala, Florida, a man firebombed a Latin-rite church as parishioners were inside preparing for Mass: A Florida man lit a Catholic Church aflame on Saturday, while people inside prepared for morning Mass.The Marion … Continue reading Catholic churches across the country are being violently attacked

No, the church does not have to change to remain “relevant”

One refrain I get deeply exhausted with is the notion that "churches have to change to remain relevant in the modern world." The people who say such things usually want their church to behave more like a political party than a religious institution. (Like Pope Francis, who would prefer a Marxist church to the Roman … Continue reading No, the church does not have to change to remain “relevant”

Canon vs secular law in the bankruptcies of Catholic dioceses

I've written a lot about financially distressed Catholic dioceses and how the financial structure of the Catholic Church insulates the Vatican from accountability. I came across this very interesting article about how dioceses have started moving funds and property into charitable trusts as abuse lawsuits have piled up. Is it a coincidence of management or … Continue reading Canon vs secular law in the bankruptcies of Catholic dioceses

Why Republican governors are choosing to keep their refugee resettlement programs

Elise on the playground with a refugee girl from the Congo. These little ladies were inseparable. Tucker Carlson - whose views I increasingly cannot stand - had a segment last night trying to "explain" why it was that most Republican governors have decided to continue and even expand refugee resettlement in their states. Of course, … Continue reading Why Republican governors are choosing to keep their refugee resettlement programs

The United Methodist Church files for divorce over LGBTQ rights

Well, it's pretty much a done deal: the United Methodist Church is splitting up and the two remaining factions will have nothing to do with each other. As with most divorces, this was less about the nature of the disagreement that led to the split and all about who gets to keep money and property: … Continue reading The United Methodist Church files for divorce over LGBTQ rights