Fr. Jack’s Open Mind, Open Heart & Open-Mic – Remembering to Breathe

I thought of Fr. Jack Trese at the Traverse City Film Festival this weekend.  In its eleventh year, Michael Moore’s enormous contribution to the economy of northern Michigan has outgrown the city’s world-famous Cherry Festival.  Even staunch conservatives in town are giving him his due for spearheading the 6-day screenings with thousands of friendly volunteers assisting at the film-camps, youth activities, shuttle buses, ticket booths, outdoor movies and panel discussions open to the public. We left our campsite early Saturday morning, riding our bikes to the Opera House to get in line for the Comedy Panel.  We got great seats and waited smugly for the show to begin.  I thumbed through the program and read Mike’s intro explaining that the theme of the 2015 festival was inclusion, particularly in the LGBT community.  An example I heard from two different Republicans of his economic acumen describing the deal he made to outfit the Central… Read More…

An Open Letter from God to the Pious Athlete

My children, I realize you may find it odd I chose this means to communicate with you. Given the nature of my message, I thought mymediadiary.com, a site in which such issues are addressed, would be perfect.  I enjoy the site…I particularly like that geeky Star Trek guy, I forget his name.  Yay, verily I say unto yo, I chose this alternate media to communicate with you for a simple reason: while the sin I would like to address is serious, I admit, my usual methods of communicating my irritation–floods, pillars of salt, Christian rock–may be disproportionate punishment. Before I criticize, you should all understand that I love you all with an infinite love that you cannot comprehend. The span of the universe cannot contain it. Be aware that all of you are equals in my eyes.  Regardless whether you are rich or poor, whether you live a pious life or you steal, whether you come… Read More…

A Priest Walks into a Cyber-Survey: Papal Surveys & Cafeteria Bishops

A priest wasn’t sure if his sound system was working when he saw some confused expressions from the cheap seats.  He said, “I think there’s something wrong with this microphone.” “And also with you,” they replied. Okay, so now Catholics have to say “And with your spirit,” so the joke’s gone the way of the confessional.  But the response from the parishioners might be the same.  The Church has instructed its leaders to ask some key questions in preparation for an October 2014 conference on the family.  (See article.) Attendance is down in churches around the world, but most notably around the Detrot area.  Reasons vary, but many polled generally attribute a lack of acceptance, flexibility and tolerance from the church’s leadership.  According to the Free Press, The archdiocese said there are 1.38 million people in its six counties who identify as Catholics. About 700,000 are registered at about 240… Read More…