Category Archives: The future and our choices

Wherein Fr. Z rants about the Church as “field hospital”. Brutal horror, heroic wonder.

In his preaching and writings, St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) frequently presents Christ as Medicus, or doctor/physician of the soul. Christ heals the ills of man brought upon ourselves by sin. This is hardly a surprise, given that in the … Continue reading

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Connection of home-schooling and entering seminary

A study shows that men who are home-schooled enter the seminary at a higher rate than those who were in Catholic schools.
1 in 10 priests were home-schooled at some point and are 4 times more likely to enter … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll points to future demographic disaster. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

We are wobbling on the edge of a point where two demographic cliff faces converge.
First, there is in most dioceses a clamant, ongoing loss in the number of active priests.  This will get worse in the next few years.
Also, there … Continue reading

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Arizona ‘c’atholic Rep. @IselaBlancAZ distorts Pope Francis, Church on abortion, contraception

While I was in L.A. I met with some pro-life heavy hitters in Arizona.  I was told of a recent debate in the Arizona House about a bill – SB1394 – touching on pro-life issues.
I asked for some information to … Continue reading

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Those wacky Germans. At it again!

“Up?  No, that’s really Down”, they say.  “Black is white.”  “2+2=5”
What?!?  You don’t see it?  Then you must either be a hater or you are afraid of something, or maybe you are incapable of loving.  Maybe you are stupid.
Since Amoris laetitia … Continue reading

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“as the churches come down all around me”

Churches come and churches go.  They are means to an end.  When there is need for a church, a church is built.  When there is no need – or these days no desire – for a church, the church falls … Continue reading

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Rex and Douthat on the edges and contours of the “Francis Effect”

At First Things, there is an essay cum review by Richard Rex (professor of Reformation history at Cambridge ) of Ross Douthat’s recent book: To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism
I wrote about Michael “Wile E. Coyote” Winters’ … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: New adult convert son still with non-Catholic parents is pressured against the Faith

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Fr. Z, my daughter’s boyfriend became Catholic last night; she was his sponsor. His parents are protestant and go to Church on TV. This morning they told him if he didn’t watch the preacher with them that they … Continue reading

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Radio host @VickiMcKenna tackles present issues roiling the Church

More on the Jesuit-engineered debacle at Holy Cross College.  I posted about their prof who is trying to “queer” Jesus and about their cowardly, ankle-grabbing cringe to the world when they dropped their team’s name and mascot.  HERE
I direct the … Continue reading

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“What young Catholics want.  What old Catholics want young Catholics to want.”

A couple of related stories.
Consider this against the background of some clever tweets that are going around.  Some wags post side by side images of something traditional and something liberal with the caption, “What young people want… What old people … Continue reading

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