A Thousand Reasons Why: My Journey to Roman Catholicism

On April 21st of 2017, the Friday of the Octave of Easter and the Feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury, I entered full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at Holy Rosary Parish in Portland, OR. In deciding that I would enter the Roman Catholic Church, I knew I would have to make some account…

Fish Wrap, Condoms, and the Sense of the Faith

On January 13, 2018, my wife and I were married in the Catholic Church according to the rite provided for use by canonical members of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. One of the distinctive features of that rite is a lengthy exhortation given at the beginning of the wedding charging the…

I Owe My Life to Blessed John Henry Newman

It’s hard to overstate the role that Blessed John Henry Newman played in my conversion to Catholicism. It’s not even primarily that his writings helped make the case for the reasonableness of Catholicism or that he provided an example of a holy man journeying to Rome, though all of those things are true. Rather, Newman,…

Government Theft and Other Tax Day Thoughts

Happy tax day! Here’s hoping for a big return for you, whoever you are! Taxes suck. Nobody likes paying taxes, but does the government even have the right to take money from us? I run in circles that tend to be very politically far apart in their answers to this question. On the one hand,…

The Addled Mind of Rowan Williams: Catholic Schools in the UK

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, once first among equals in the ecclesial communion I left for Rome, is no fool. Having read scholarship by Williams, I can confidently say he has a brilliant mind, yet recent news might leave one wondering. Currently in the United Kingdom, the Catholic Church is effectively forbidden by law from…

Why Millennials Aren’t Leaving the Church: A Benedict Option Plea

The truth, however, is that we stay because we believe in what the Church is, despite her imperfections, and don’t want to see her try and doll herself up for those who have already abandoned her. We believe that the Church is God’s means for our salvation and have submitted ourselves to being formed by her. Of course, the Church, being full of sinful humans, doesn’t do a perfect job in her mission, but to assume that millennials who have left know better what she should be than those who have chosen to be formed by the Church is entirely backward.