Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King
July 15th was the feast day of Saint Bonaventure. A supreme intellect, Saint Bonaventure is known for his leading the Franciscan order of minors and helping to fostering the marriage of faith and reason through his teachings and works. He took the name Bonaventure to celebrate and honor his ‘Good fortune’ of being a Franciscan. “I confess before God that what made me love Saint Francis’ way of life so much was that it is exactly like the origin and the Continue reading Saint Bonaventure and Women
Just over one year ago, when Catholic Majority launched, Tim published an article about former Catholics and returning to the faith. In the article (which you can read here), he quoted some statistics from Pew Research: One-third of Americans raised as Catholic no longer consider themselves to be Catholic. This equates to a staggering 10% of all Americans who are now “former Catholics.” That astounding statistic, that one in every ten American is a “former Catholic” stuck with me. Over this past Continue reading Introducing a New Series on “Former Catholics”
One year ago, we launched Catholic Majority to: bring an honest and nuanced voice to the table and provide an alternative narrative that represents Catholicism to the public and to the world. We believe that the majority of Catholics value diversity, and that the voice of the Catholic majority deserves to be heard. (About) It’s timely that we celebrate our one year anniversary of diversity on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, two apostles so radical and diversified in Continue reading Celebrating Our Diversity: Who Do You Say That He Is?
This week Colorado became the first state to open legal dispensaries for the recreational use of marijuana. Later this year, Washington state will follow suit. Echoes of parochial drug abuse programs mixes with the sound of advancing research in medicinal cannabis. Oh, what is a Catholic Christian to do? Can Catholics smoke marijuana? One of the most oft used cited reasons for Catholics to oppose marijuana’s use is found in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “Do you not know that Continue reading Can Catholics Smoke Marijuana?
Today, we celebrate the six month anniversary of our launch! When we launched, we started as all great projects begin: In the Beginning. We thought that we would find an audience, but could not have imagined how popular our site would become. In just six months, we have had over 10,000 views. Our site has been viewed by people in more than 87 countries, from Antigua and Barbuda to Zimbabwe, including Vatican City! We have published 130 original articles, and Continue reading We’re Six Months Old!
In order to grasp what’s going on with the Vatican survey, the first thing you need to understand about the Catholic Church is that when She says, “a few years ago,” what She means is, “within the past several centuries.” And so it is that She has now asked the bishops to poll their flocks about some issues that have come up that were “unheard of until a few years ago” (their words): cohabitation, same-sex couples, single-parent families, and mixed- Continue reading Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud
I should have known better than to get my information about the content and tenor of America Magazine‘s now famous interview with Pope Francis from the folks on Twitter. It’s surprising that I went so long without reading the full text of the interview, choosing instead to get my information in 140-character nuggets from the Twitterati. Considering that I have a great obsession with all things papal, and more than a mild distaste for Twitter, probably my best bet is Continue reading My Two (Peter’s) Pence: Thoughts on the Pope Francis Interview
Over the course of the past month, Loyola Productions has released a “Gay Catholics Series” through Ignatian News Network. To date, they have released the first three videos in the series. We’re pleased to spread the word of their good work here at Catholic Majority. We hope that you will consider sharing this videos with your friends, families, and churches, and in doing so, help us to promote our mission of providing a voice for the diversity in the Catholic Continue reading Who Are We to Judge?