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…

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.

Census Fidelium?

Those who say that only the responses of those who are faithful in Mass attendance should “count” are clearly not attacking the survey, but making an analysis of the results of the survey. The Catholic faith is not merely a label, it is a way of life, just as surely as being Jewish or Muslim is in its fullest sense more than mere ethnicity. Baptism makes you really Catholic, but that doesn’t mean every baptized Catholic’s understanding of the faith is equally valid. 

Momento Mori

This is the first post I have done in some time. I have been busy getting married and planting the first seeds of an Ordinariate community in my area, but I have several posts in the pipeline and am hoping to revive this blog. The following post was originally written for the blog Many Horizons…

American Jesus(es)

This past week, the first season of American Gods came to an end. The show is an adaption of one of my favorite novels, so I came to it with both anticipation and trepidation. The show turned out to be a visually remarkable series and one of the most unique things on television. As an…

Sacraments are Signs

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131 “Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Ever since the Protestant Reformation (and occasionally before it), the debate has raged as to whether sacraments are mere signs. Does baptism effect something in our salvation, or…

This Side of Paradise

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are on the bridge of the Enterprise, musing as they often do on the events of the preceding episode. They have just left a paradise behind and Kirk says, Maybe we weren’t meant for paradise. Maybe we were meant to fight our way through. Struggle, claw our way up, scratch for…

The True Church, Body and Soul

Thus, the Church in her members, her rites, her hierarchy, is not some accident or artifice connected to the inner nature of the Church only by correlation but an organic outworking of that inner reality

Loving God for Better or for Worse

True Catholic faith is like marriage. Your emotional engagement with your spouse will wax and wane, but you love her throughout it all. You pursue her in good times and in bad. Likewise, when we commit to Christian faith, we pledge to love and pursue God for better or for worse.