Gumby Catholics and Gumby Republicans

Gumby Catholics and Gumby Republicans

(NOTE:  Having just published a book on the Catholic Church and its pedophile scandal, I’ve been asked what the state of American Catholicism is today. As I considered it, I realized that the question of identity extends beyond religion these days into new regions.)...
The Hourglass vs. The Rectangles

The Hourglass vs. The Rectangles

When it comes to comparing religions, both historically and currently, I’m in the relatively unique position of having spent time in or around both Protestant and Catholic seminaries. And as a result—and as part of writing The Empty Confessional, which will be out...
Why the Church Keeps Screwing Up

Why the Church Keeps Screwing Up

Back in 2003 I submitted an article about the Church’s problems with pedophilia to Newsweek. They liked it and said it would run in three weeks. They sent a photographer out to my house, where we spent three hours getting just the right ‘thoughtful’ pose for a serious...
What Defines a Cult?

What Defines a Cult?

Try this exercise:  A new religion has come to your town. The rules governing its leaders include: You can’t marry (though you’ll be expected to counsel your faithful on the topic).No sex, even with yourself.Homosexuality is a sin.Women are second-class citizens,...