Serving for the Pope, Photo by Ben Pohl

Freedom and Truth

Benjamin Church meets World

In his audience this morning, Pope Benedict talked about the Franciscan Medieval Theologian Duns Scotus. Benedict highlighted some beautiful parts of his theology and also noticed that some of his thinking was very, very modern. His idea of freedom was rooted primarily in the will, in contrast to Augustine and St. Thomas who said that freedom was the fruit of …

Celibacy is a Scandal, says Pope Benedict

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Priesthood

Recently in conjunction with a Prayer Vigil for priests, the Holy Father took questions from five priests. Here is his response to a question about celibacy: “A great problem of modern Christianity is that we no longer think of the future of God: the present moment of this world seems sufficient. … In this way we close the doors to …

Earth Day & Sunday

Benjamin Church meets World

Breakfast always has an air unreality about it, perhaps because a thin barrier of coffee is all that separates it from the dreamworld. My breakfast the other day was touched by the mystical when I stumbled on a quote in the comics:“Outdoors is where the great mystery lies, so going into nature should be a searching and humbling experience, like …

Life on the Edge, Day 4

Fr. Joel Church meets World

So you expected me to post day 3 next, didn’t you? HA!! Day 3 we went white-water rafting down the Cache la Poudre river (the name means Cache of Powder, dating from the voyageur days). But I didn’t get any pictures that day and we all know how boring it is to read a post without pictures. This charming picture …

Life on the Edge, Day 2

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Our second day we hit the trails once again in the Rocky Mountain National Park and started at the same trailhead. A mile or so up the trail, we took a turn and headed up steeper trails. After a long series of switchbacks we saw our first glacier (it was really just a pile of snow, but hey, this is …

Life on the Edge, Day 1

Fr. Joel Church meets World

I just spent the last week of my life in Colorado. It was a trip of about 50 people, half from Wisconsin and half from Iowa. We had squads with 6-8 teens in a squad and a couple of adult leaders per squad. The Oshkosh squads were known as Pink Squad and Green Squad. This trip is an opportunity for …

Death be not Proud

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Society Today

-Fr.Joel Michael Jackson is still dead.As though afraid that Americans would forget, the media could talk of nothing else. Listeners, viewers and readers were treated to special reports and tributes, pictures and interviews, and talk, talk talk. The “King of Pop” had passed. He was not famous for his humanity, his wisdom, his courage our his kindness. He was famous …