The Church: A Community of the Ordinary

Everybody loves an underdog story. Humble origins, overcoming disadvantages, surpassing expectations, courage in the face of adversity, and so on, these are the themes that ground the contexts of innumerable narratives that are passed down from one generation to the next — from David v. Goliath (pace Malcolm Gladwell) to modern-day sports triumphs. We seem […]

Vatican II, Inculturation and What the Church Learns from the World

Among the many important insights that arose from the Second Vatican Council, one of the more timely is the recognition that the church has not simply been a self-contained and distinct civilization or institution from the “rest of the world,” but has always been a part of the world. Additionally, the church has benefited and, […]

Vatican II and the Equal Rights of All People

As we continue to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, I plan to make occasional posts related to the documents, history, and reception of the Council. There is a lot of talk among Christian women and men about the Council — people talking about its apparent merits and problems, the “spirit” and […]

Giving a Retreat this Weekend for New England Young Adults

This weekend I am in Hingham, Mass., giving a retreat at the Benedictine Glastonbury Abbey. The retreat, geared for women and men in Boston in their twenties and thirties, is titled “Being Catholic in the 21st Century.” This is the third year in a row that I’ve been humbled by the invitation and honored to […]

Some Reflections on Ordination to the Priesthood

Do you feel any different? Has been the recurring and most popular question posed to me since Saturday morning when I and my Franciscan confrere, Steve DeWitt, were ordained priests by Cardinal McCarrick in Silver Spring, MD. It was a wonderful and absolutely amazing liturgy, made even more spectacular by the many family, friends, friars […]

New Vatican Document on Economy Released (Updated)

While the text is not yet available online [UPDATE: Link to full text!], news reports outline the new text titled, “Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority,” drafted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Here is a brief overview published by Catholic News Service this morning.  For […]

Profile of ‘Dating God’ Author Featured in Publication

The latest issue of HNP Today the twice-monthly newsletter of Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor featured a profile of Br. Dan Horan, OFM (author of this blog) as the first installment of a series on the friars on internship (also known as the apostolic year). This year is a year when […]

The Notion of Causing Scandal in ‘Light of the World’

I find it particularly interesting that on the occasions that Pope Benedict XVI discusses standing up for what is right, defending the faith and speaking the truth to power, his words most often and aptly describe those Catholic Christians that are singled out by this or that bishop or by some self-described conservative Catholic organization. […]