Do I HAVE to Confess My Sins to a Priest?

One of the most common complaints waged against Catholics (and Orthodox) by Protestants is the sacrament of confession: “Why do you need to go to a priest for confession? Why can’t you go straight to Jesus?” While seemingly… Read More

What is Franciscan Theology

What does it mean to think like a Franciscan? When people imagine our spirituality, I imagine many picture a tree-hugging hippie communing with nature, a jovial cartoon character with a big belly, or a humble beggar with tattered… Read More

Did Jesus Claim to be God?

One of the most common things I hear from non-Christians is that “Jesus never claimed to be God.” While people like Peter and Paul professed his divinity and later councils defined what that meant, Jesus never speaks of… Read More

What is the Real Presence?

Christ is really present in the Eucharist. But what do we mean by “real”?

Do Catholics Celebrate Magic?

The mass might seem magical, but is it really “magic”?

Did God Create Women Inferior to Men?

Sometimes the Bible challenges us with difficult questions

Sex in the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church has gotten a bad rap on sex for centuries. I think the majority of this springs from misunderstanding.

What Is A Just War?

In moral theology, we make the distinction between moral evil (that which results from sinful action and imposes guilt on the actor) and metaphysical evil (the absence of good). In this case, murder would be moral evil while… Read More

Which Type of Catholic Are You?

Ever wonder why some people say that they are “Roman Catholic” as opposed to just “Catholic”? For some, this added word is just a formal addition that adds nothing to their identity of Church. And that’s actually true…… Read More

Gaudete Et Exsultate

Did you hear about Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation,¬†Gaudete Et Exsultate? It’s pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. Not only is it the spiritual food that our world and Church needs today, it’s not too theological,… Read More

No Meat On Fridays?

Catholics used to abstain from meat every Friday. The practice may have changed, the spirit is still the same.

What is a Miracle?

All throughout Scripture, we find extraordinary events revealing the wonder and power of God. The Red Sea is parted; the loaves are multiplied; people are healed; battles are won; a people are set free. For many of us,… Read More