WRN #20 New Patheos Catholic Writers


This blog post scores 550 posts. As a Patheos writer, I’ve seen fellow bloggers in this section of the cyber neighborhood come and go. I’m always on the lookout for what my fellow current Patheos writers are up to. Over the past year, 9 new bloggers have joined our ranks and several more have traveled to various other locations. I took a look at the new kids in the neighborhood and their place in our Patheos world section to see what they were writing about. That’s what I found.

If you haven’t read my introduction, I come from a quarter of a decade of parenting my own special needs children who are now young adults and a professional career serving children with developmental disabilities. learning, development and cognitive as an academic language therapist. I also have early stage Parkinson’s disease and was the youngest Parkinson’s patient in South Texas to undergo advanced deep brain stimulation surgery in 2017.

I am a Catholic pediatric therapist by profession, but I also serve in underground recovery ministry as LBGTQIA+ youth come out to their conservative Christian homes and churches in a state of trauma on multiple occasions. I help families recover from rejection from church and family that often becomes as deadly as suicide. As a Catholic serving where I work, I struggle daily with the conflicts between science and faith.

The LBGTQIA+ experience is 3 to 6 times higher in the world of disability than in the general population. My Catholic conscience tells me that the sanctity of life, human dignity and unconditional love rise above any other theological conflict, especially when we look at the first and second greatest commandments to love God and to love our neighbour.

Julie NicholsPolitical Survival of “The Least of These” (AUGUST 24, 2022) (patheos.com)

The Bible was written 2,000 to 4,000 years ago in very different time periods by authors from all walks of life. It contains everything from epic poetry and song lyrics to pithy clichés and historical narrative.

To understand the Bible, you need to know the different cultures it records, the literary style of the book as the culture that produced it used this style, familiarity with several dialects of the original languages, and the basics of textual criticism. And that’s just the beginning !

Fortunately, people called pastors and elders have studied it all. It is therefore the work of church to teach us solid theology, not the layman’s job of figuring it all out for ourselves. Unless we are willing to devote a lifetime and an academic career to it, interpreting the Bible should not be our goal. Understanding the truths of God should be, and that is what the teaching ministry of the church is for.
Cory Tucholski Becoming Catholic Again: Step One (July 18, 2022) (patheos.com)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land. (Douay-Rheims Bible, Matthew Chapter 5, Verses 3-4, 2022)

As a young, hard-working Baptist, Triple Mohawk, Rock and Roll, I found this verse difficult to understand.
Then, as a less young, tough, tall-skinned ex-Catholic paratrooper raising 3 children, I found this verse difficult to understand.
And certainly, as a middle-aged catholic athlete and trainer approaching, hard-charging, low-skinned and withered, increasing the strength of 8 children, I found this verse quite recently difficult to understand. Ben Hartford The strength to be gentle (AUGUST 1, 2022) (patheos.com)

The Word of the Lord remains forever.

We believe, as Catholics, that the Catholic Church is the pillar and buttress of Truth. Yet even today, a billion souls are separated from us, a fact that dates back to the distant 16th century.

There are, yes, different causes for this: the freedom of man, the mystery of predestination, the corruption of morals, sincerity, ignorance, whatever you want to put here. It won’t change the fact: a billion souls are separated from us.

Every 10/31, which he is close to, I can only cry and cry the pain of their separation between us.

Arthur Jordan What do I think of Reformation Day? (AUGUST 7, 2022) (patheos.com)

Saint Dymphna is one of those obscure and almost forgotten saints who (until now) have never achieved the celebrity status of Catholic heroes such as Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint Pope JPII.

Why Saint Dymphna of Ireland is the patroness of domestic violence
(Statue of Saint Dymphna / National Shrine of Saint Dymphna, Massillon OH)

Yet this does not make her any less inspiring, nor does it make her any less powerful intercessor when we invoke her in our needs. And, thankfully, its rise from 7th century obscurity to modern recognition is beginning to change – and I’m about to tell you why.

Jenny duBayWhy Saint Dymphna is the new patron saint of survivors of domestic violence (AUGUST 24, 2022 patheos.com)

1 Peter 5:13 is indeed a reference to the fact that Peter composed his epistle in Rome. That 1 Peter was written by the Apostle of Rome was the view of various early Church Fathers, beginning with Papias of Hierapolis (c. AD 60 – c. 130).

Whether or not one accepts that Scripture is silent on this subject, it has nevertheless been the constant tradition of the Catholic Church that Peter did indeed come to the capital at the end of his life and suffered martyrdom there; a tradition reflected in the writings of the early Church Fathers dating back to the end of the first century, long before the Canon of Scripture was forged in the fourth and fifth centuries.
Nicholas Gulda The origins of the denial of Peter’s Roman stay (SEPTEMBER 4, 2022) (patheos.com)

Well I'll be damned

When you separate from your old patterns, you free yourself for new ones. So, for example during Yom Kippur, Lent or Ramadan, we may have our fasting and abstinence practices, but we also adopt a more rigorous prayer schedule. Ibarra describes this as a phase in which one can experiment, and there is always room for experimentation in your religious life – visiting other congregations, taking a short course on a religious subject you have never considered up close or just make new friends. Or you can adopt a directed liminality where you orient yourself around connecting to a specific community or practice.

While not a fan of Christianity himself, Lennon wasn’t exactly comfortable being “bigger than Jesus.” He seemed surprised, perhaps even a little outraged beneath his jaded exterior, that a pop group would outsell the world’s biggest religion among the new generation – even if he didn’t support religion. In this way, Lennon became a bit like Nietzsche – a controversial commentator on current trends, critical of the church but appalled by the void left by its waning influence and the things that might arise to fill it. JM Birch From Nietzsche to John Lennon: Death and Resurrection of Western Religiosity (SEPTEMBER 9, 2022) (patheos.com)
If you’re going to Catholic Twitter to get famous, think again. Instead, change your motivations and seek to find a connection on Catholic Twitter. Also, God looks at the heart, not the number of your followers. People will know immediately if you are on this platform for selfish motives. The thing about Twitter is that you don’t have to be smart, you just have to be real. Post prayer requests, quotes, or a piece of art you may have just finished. Independent artists in Catholic Twitter’s creative spaces are loved. We’re here to enhance space, provide beauty and solace, and spend our time thinking about the material we’ll present to the world. And the world could definitely use more beauty now!Melissa Presser How to Find Connection on Catholic Twitter (AUG 10, 2022)(patheos.com)
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