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The Invisible Schism: Part II The Heterodox Majority

The Invisible Schism: Part II The Heterodox Majority

In the first installment in this series, I presented the idea that self-identifying and even practicing Catholics may well espouse radically different understandings of what Catholicism is.  I suggested that we can pray side-by-side with someone at Mass, externally saying all the same words and performing all the same outward gestures, professing the same written Creed, but that we could do all this without a shared understanding of what these words and gestures mean.  Externally

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The Invisible Schism: Part I – Can there be two “Catholicisms” side-by-side?

The Invisible Schism: Part I – Can there be two “Catholicisms” side-by-side?

What if you could get into the minds of a hundred different people to see what they think Catholicism is?  I think, if you could, you’d find that few of them really understand the religion the same way. You probably expected me to say that “you’d get a hundred different answers,” because so many of today’s Catholic voices actually think “diversity” is a mark of the Church, and they want to imagine that Catholicism is

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Now Is No Time for Versus Populum

Now Is No Time for Versus Populum

With dioceses throughout the United States and Europe dispensing with the Sunday obligation in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many priests have taken to livestreaming their Sunday Masses over the internet.  In a recent article on Cruxnow.com, Mark Pattison reported that many of these priests say the experience feels odd. That’s understandable.  When, as an educator, I first transitioned to online teaching from the live classroom environment, which I’d inhabited full-time

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What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent?

What should I do for Lent?  Let’s start by slamming some really bad advice you’re likely to get: Instead of giving something up for Lent, do something extra! No!  Don’t.  Let me tell you why. To start with, the term “Lent” means exactly the opposite of “do something extra.”  It means, “do less.”  It comes from the Latin word, “lentare,” which means, “to stand-down, to back-off, to slow-down, or to stop.”  Our English word “relent”

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They’re not bad people…or are they?

They’re not bad people…or are they?

I often here pro-life people say that those who promote abortion, have abortions, or provide abortions “aren’t bad people.”  “They mean well,” it’s said, “but they don’t understand the error of their ways.” I agree, that may be so in some cases.  We’ve all heard stories of people who genuinely had no idea what abortion actually involves and who stopped supporting it once they found out.  We all know, however, that plenty of people on

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