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Thomas Howard, 1935-2020

October 16, 2020 Mark Brumley 4

Thomas Howard converted to Catholicism several years after I became a Catholic but even so he was extremely influential in helping me make sense of my conversion and in speaking to Evangelical friends about it. […]

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Soda and Cookie Mass?

October 21, 2019 Mark Brumley 11

Suppose a pastor announces at the end of Mass one Sunday that starting in the new year, his parish will feature a Soda and Chocolate-chip Cookie Mass for youth, at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. The […]


Amazonian Women Deacons?

October 19, 2019 Mark Brumley 44

The recommendation of some at the Amazon Synod regarding the ordination of married viri probati, proven men, to the priesthood may or may not be a good idea, but in any case it is in the […]

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Hell and Pope Francis

April 2, 2018 Mark Brumley 74

Let’s hope the lesson regarding Mr Scalfari has finally been learned so we don’t see further international headlines recounting this or that alleged contradiction by […]


Princess Leia is not dead

December 28, 2016 Mark Brumley 0

On some level, I would like to believe Carrie Fisher was Princess Leia of Star Wars. But of course she wasn’t. Like many others of the first Star Wars generation, I find it hard to […]


The Signs of the Times

November 30, 2016 Mark Brumley 0

Food for thought, as we hear about various diocesan and other pastoral plans for outreach to LGBT families: Scenario 1: Penitent: “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been a month since my last […]