Be not afraid of media

This week the Church celebrated for the first time the liturgical memorial of Saint John Paul II.  His signature saying – “Be not afraid!” – reverberates in a world ever in need of hope.  The bold opening to his first Encyclical remains the point of departure for that faith that inspires our hope:  “The Redeemer […]

Dear Brittany: Our Lives Are Worth Living, Even with Cancer

(Ed. Note: this article originally appeared on the website of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.) Last week I came across the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer one year after her wedding.  When doctors suggested that she might only have six months to live, she and […]

My Hang Up With the Synod

I am by no means a theologian, but I just wanted to give my two cents on the discussions going on in Rome. For those who don’t know, Pope Francis is holding a two-week long meeting, or Synods of Bishops On The Family, in order to facilitate a “sincere, open and fraternal” debate on modern […]

Media mania about marriage

Pope Francis has gotten what he wanted!  At the opening of the current Synod of Bishops, he asked that the participants speak with boldness (biblical parrhesia) and listen with humility.  Now it seems everyone outside the Synod is speaking boldly, too. The summary report (relatio post disceptationem) has evoked claims on the progressive left of […]