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…

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. 

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