• Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    Who we know God is

    Recently I’ve been struck by a verse in chapter seventeen of John’s Gospel. Jesus is with his apostles during the last supper, offering a long prayer, and at one point he says to his Heavenly Father, “Now this is eternal…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    Be Perfect

    The gospel reading today ends with Jesus summing up his great Sermon on the Mount by saying, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We can easily misunderstand what this passage means and leave feeling like Jesus is placing…

  • LGBT,  Where Peter Is

    The Living Bridge to LGBT Catholics

    Earlier this month I attended a talk by Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, during the 2020 Encounter Conference on the topic of Christian unity. Dr. Healy proposed a wonderful image for ecumenism that I’ve been…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    A Vulnerable God

    “Lord Jesus Christ, through your Incarnation you accepted a human nature and lived a real, human life. Setting aside the glory of your divinity, you met us face to face in the vulnerability of our humanity.” This is the beginning…

  • Pope Francis,  Where Peter Is

    The insidiousness of the opposition

    “Opposition to the pope is not new, but what is new is the level and intensity that is there…It’s the insidiousness of the opposition movement that I think is scandalous for us.”  Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the new archbishop of Washington,…

  • Pope Francis,  Where Peter Is

    A Response to Ross Douthat

    Where Peter Is was recently mentioned in the New York Times, in a column by Ross Douthat entitled, “What Will Happen to Conservative Catholicism?” In the piece, he surveys the ways that conservative Catholics in America have responded to Pope Francis. He…

  • Pope Francis,  Where Peter Is

    The lie behind rigidity

    Picking up on what the pope said last month about rigid Catholics as well as the parable of the the Prodigal Son, I want to highlight a homily that the pope gave back in 2016. In that homily the pope draws our…