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August 26, 2013

Apologists argue. By that I do not mean that they yell or gesticulate wildly or call people names. That is not arguing; that is harassment. Arguing, in its proper sense, is providing "a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea...

August 22, 2013

It's rather embarrassing whenever someone asks me as a convert to recount my experience in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Even though it wasn't all that long ago (1995–96), the experience was so forgettable that I remember only two incidents. 

The first incident was when one of the facilitators was teaching us the...

August 5, 2013

Not long ago, I was attending Mass at the parish where I was baptized. After Mass, I picked up a bulletin, out of habit and out of curiosity to see what had been going on at this parish since I had been there last. It turned out that week the priest administrator of the parish had an important reminder for the congregation: When coming to confession at the parish, Catholics had better get there before confessions began. Confession time would end precisely according to schedule; anyone left...

July 30, 2013

It all started with a clickbait headline in my Facebook news feed. Sandro Magister, a Vatican expert writing in Rome, declared, For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict. Magister reported, in the tabloid fashion typical of Italian journalism:

[The] Franciscans of the Immaculate are...

July 25, 2013

As a new Catholic many years ago, there were two rituals during the Mass that particularly appealed to me: holding hands during the Our Father and extending the sign of peace. Now I go out of my way to avoid the former (head bowed, hands folded) and oftentimes find myself gritting my teeth during the latter (not feeling peaceful at all, to be honest). For the purpose of this post, I'll focus on the sign of peace.

The...