A small c catholic: Back in the 1980s, I did an oral history project with my father. I can't tell you how glad I am now to have Dad's spiritual will.
A small c catholic
A small c catholic: Marriage is changing, and the Episcopal Church, unlike many other branches of Christianity, is thinking deeply about how to respond.
A small c catholic: If religion loses its capacity for wonder and is instead stuck with nothing but creedal formulations, it is a serious detriment to civilization.
A small c catholic: A recent experience of reading the Book of Judith convinces me that Catholics and Protestants alike might do well to learn of and from these writings.
A small c catholic: For some decades now, we Protestants have been doing a stupid, destructive thing: We don't always have the body present at a funeral.
A small c catholic: Capital punishment is a barbarous approach to criminal justice that contemptuously rejects the most important teachings of the world's great religions.
A small c catholic: When I recently read Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese's NCR piece about firing bishops, my memory took me back to the mid-1980s.
A small c catholic: The Shroud of Turin, which Pope Francis plans to visit and venerate in June, has intrigued me for decades.
A small c catholic: Sometimes the best gift we can give is our presence. But it seems to be said more than it's done.
A small c catholic: When marriages have broken down irretrievably, what's needed is not words of harsh judgment and punishment, but words of love and acts of compassion.