Category Archives: Reblog

Reblog: My talk at Franciscan

As many of you know, there is a speaking component to my writing ministry.  Translation, I don’t just write articles.  I am a full-time teacher at Bishop O’Connell High School, and I also occasionally give talks.  If you want a full list of the talks and other articles by me, check out the “More by Matthew” tab at the top of the page.  


Anyway, last fall, I was privileged to give a talk at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio for a symposium they hosted entitled “Pope Francis’s Vision for the Renewal of the Church.”  The symposium included several major speakers, including Ralph Martin, Eduardo Echeverria, and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.  There were also several smaller breakout sessions with talks.  


Mine was one of the smaller talks.  It went great, but I wanted to put my thoughts down in a more formal format.  So I wrote them up as an article and submitted it to Homiletic and Pastoral Review, where I write book reviews.  The article was published a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to share it with you guys!  


If you want to watch the big speeches, or at least part of them, they were featured on EWTN’s “On Location” series (part 1 is here, part 2 is here).  


I’m heading back to Franciscan this October to give a talk at the 25th Anniversery Conference for the Society for Catholic Social Scientists.  That talk will look at the historiography of Warren H. Carroll (I reviewed one of his books on this blog a few years back).  


If you are interested in booking me as a speaker, check out the “About Me” tab above.  

You, Child, are Our Bond

A fantastic little meditation on Fatherhood. With Rosebud #2 on the way (due November 8), this really hits home.

Thank you, Dr. Cuddeback.

John Cuddeback

Daddy and His Girl

“And children seem to be a bond of union.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Moved by these words of Aristotle, I write here…
An Open Letter to My Child
Even your father can never tell you, because I cannot fully know, how good it is that you exist. You will ever be a mysterious wonder to me. Here is one thing, however, that I can tell you about yourself. You are a living bond. You bind me to your mother and your mother to me. By who you are; by your very existence.

You have not chosen this, nevertheless it is a truth about you. It is yours. And I cannot tell you how grateful I am.
It’s not because you look like both of us—though you do, and it always makes me smile.
It’s not because you act like both of us—which you do, sometimes in ways that make me blush.
It’s not because you love…

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Reblog: What’s Preventing You From Being Catholic?

This is a question I offer to readers of Quidquid. If you aren’t Catholic, why not? If you converted to Catholicism, what kept you away.

I feel that the writer of Deus Nobiscum and I have the same hope: to help spread the truth of the Faith, instead of foggy opinions and views.

As Ven. Fulton Sheen said, “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”

So I extend Deus Nobiscum’s invitation to readers here as well. Check out his blog, comment on the post, and while your at it, send a question you may have this way.

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Reblog: Advent posts



I’m reblogging myself.  Is that weird?

Anyway. . .

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, its the New Church Year, as of Sunday, and that means its the start of Advent.  To get everyone ready for the coming feast of Christmas, I’m linking to some earlier posts on this blog that might be of interest to you readers.  All have a Christmas/Advent feel to them.

The first is my post on certain Christmas traditions, such as Yule Logs and Christmas trees.  I learned a lot writing it, and I hope you learn a lot reading it!

The next is my post on the Dating of Christmas and Easter.  There are a lot of confused thoughts about the dates for these important feasts in the Church, and rightly so, seeing as they are the two most important feasts on our calender.  Perhaps this post might help in your devotion to the feasts.

Finally, there is my post on Mary and St. Joseph’s marriage.  How can there be a valid marriage if they don’t consummate (since Mary and Joseph did not have sexual intercourse)?  This post delves into that question.

Remember, if you have questions, send them this way!

And now for the reason why there’s a GIANT “Keep Christ in Christmas” picture at the top of this post.  Its because I’m participating in the KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS Blog Link-Up 2013, sponsored by the Catholic Bloggers Network (SO COOL!).

Check all these cool blogs (links below) and maybe, just maybe, you’ll learn some fun Adventiness you never learned before.  I just started reading them, and I’ve learned so much!

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. . .

Equipping Catholic Families       Keep Christ in Christmas

Simply Homeschool       Living Advent Series 12/1 – 12/25

Fifth of Five       Keeping Christ in Christmas – Blog Link-up 2013

Coffee Moments with Sam       The Light of Hope

Hand-Maid With Love       CHRISTmas Presence: Keep Christ in Christmas 2013 Edition

Open Window       Making hay while the Advent wreath shines

Faith Filled Freebies       Keep Christ in Christmas

Written by the Finger of God       Not Christmas as Usual

On the Way Home       Keep Christ in Christmas

Sue Elvis Writes       Bring Christ to Others

Mommy Bares AlL       Why Celebrate Christmas Even After #YolandaPH

Canadian Catholic Mom       Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up

Mountain of Grace Homeschooling       Keep Christ in Christmas

Em’s Estuary       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Happy Little Homemaker       December Devotion: Immaculate Conception 

Adoro Ergo Sum       How We Keep Christ in Christmas       O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Home to 4 Kiddos      Keep Christ in Christmas

Embedded Faith          Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas

City Girl, Country Home        Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?

Journey to Wisdom        Trusting in your Awkward Fiats

Joy of Nine9         Waiting in Joyful Expectation Like a Child

Splendor in the Home        Ideas For Keeping Advent and Christmas Holy

Training Happy Hearts       10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year

A Catholic Life               Advent: The Beginning of the Liturgical Year & Source of Rich Meditations

Designs by Birgit       Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus

Catholic Inspired       Faith-Centered Family Christmas

A Slice of Smith Life       How we keep Christ in Christmas

Catholic All Year       Three Reasons I love Advent

Mary the Defender       Christmas The Battle Begins

Truly Rich Mom       Keep Christ in Christmas

Day By Day in Our World       40 Days Seeking Him and Keeping Christ in Christmas

Diapers and Drivel       Keeping Christ in Christmas

 Raising Soldiers 4 Christ       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Rosary Mom       Keep Christ In Christmas With A Teenager

Tercets:     Keeping Christ in Christmas: Join Church Ministries

Campfires and Cleats       How We Keep Christ in Christmas

Life Unabridged       Celebrating the Fullness of the Advent and Christmas Season

Homeschooling With Joy       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Mrs Domestic Bliss       Gingerbread Nativity

The Chic Traveller      Keeping Christ in Christmas

California to Korea     Keeping Christ in Christmas

Dominique’s Desk       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Our ABC Life       An Advent Update

 Journey Living       Anno Domini

The Road to Rome       Advent Prayer and Reflection Resources

Life of Fortunate Chances       Keeping Christ in Christmas

Quidquid Est, Est!       Advent Posts

Celebrating ‘All Hallows Eve’/ ‘Feast of All Saints’ in a Pre-Christian West

A similar, though slightly different, approach to the same question we examined in our most recent post. Happy Halloween and Happy All Saints Day!

Catholicism Pure & Simple

Death is a fact of life. When St. Francis of Assisi lay dying he said, “Welcome, Sister Death”. Tomorrow is Halloween – when we recognise that death is another creaturely thing in a world that will one day pass away. “I believe…in the communion of saints,” we say every Sunday in the Creed. The following day, the Feast of All Saints, is our family Feast day when we honour all those who have died, marked with the sign of Faith, and gone on before us to be with the Lord.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The term “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows Eve”, the Christian Vigil of the celebration of the Christian Feast of “All Saints”. I contend that what it is becoming, with its undue influence on goblins, ghosts and the demonic, simply reflects the waning influence of the Christian vision in the West. It also presents an opportunity for Catholic Christians to…

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Instructions For Former Catholics

Saw this in my WordPress Reader. Please, if you read this blog, and you are away from the Church, rethink your decision. Pray! I know its hard to pray sometimes. Its very hard, and people will make fun of you. It’s sad, I know. But try these prayers. The author makes a good point. We love you, but more importantly, GOD LOVES YOU, whether you love Him or not. He is a loving Father who longs to have the love of His children.

For those who are Catholic but are struggling with some aspect of the Faith, whether it be personal, moral, or doctrinal, PLEASE pray about it. God loves all of us, and does not want to loose us.

Remember, if you have questions, concerns, comments, or just want to pose a question you don’t think can be answered, send it over. We here at Quidquid Est, Est work hard to provide the Truth.

John 8:32

Belief In The Communion Of Saints

To ‘fallen away’ Catholics:

If you were baptized a Catholic, raised in the Faith and have left the Church know that there are many of us, who have remained true to the Faith, are praying daily for your conversion back into the Faith.

Know that this life is a test to see if your soul is worthy of heaven for all of eternity.

Understand that God does not want you to lose your soul.

To pass the test you must align your will with God’s will.

This is done by obeying His commandments, by praying daily, by participating in the Sacraments (which He instituted to help you grow in holiness) and to do the best you can, at all times, at whatever ‘station in life’ you find ourself.

But, God does not interfere with a person’s free will.

We love you.

But most importantly God loves you.

Return His love…

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Reblog: Dr. Edward Peters on Female Deacons

It seems that the issue of female deacons keeps springing up not just among casual bloggers and commentators on the internet, but by serious priests and canonists (those who deal with canon law, the Church’s legal stuff).  Readers of this blog know I addressed this issue last year, but it keeps appearing, apparently with more vigor.


Posted below is a link to Dr. Edward Peters’ blog (Peters is an American canon lawyer well respected in Catholic circles) discussing a recent article by one Fr. Michael P. Orsi, chaplain at Ave Maria Law School in Florida.  Dr. Peters has some issues with some of Fr. Orsi’s assertions, as do I, and does an excellent job explicating them.  The issues are not merely with that female deacons (and thereby priests), but with the understanding of priestly celibacy and Church teaching.


I would suggest reading Fr. Orsi’s essay first, for context, and then looking at Dr. Peters’ examination.  Dr. Peters links to Fr. Orsi’s article.  All you need to do is follow the link below!


Tea leaves are for brewing tea, not for theological illumination.

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Reblog: Canon Law and Two Popes

In case anyone was wondering about the Church handling “two popes” at the same time. . . Well, Cathy Caridi, an American canon lawyer in Rome, has the answer. Why bother writing up what she has so elegantly stated?

Viva il Papa! Viva!

Canon Law Made Easy

Q1: Could you please outline the canonical problems inherent in the fact that now we have two living Popes?  –Rhonda

Q2:  Considering that all priests and bishops must belong to a diocese or religious order, my question would be this: now that Benedict has renounced the Chair of Peter but will be living on the Vatican grounds, as a Bishop, what diocese must he belong to?  –Michael

A: Now that we Catholics are gradually getting used to the notion that we have a Pope from Argentina named Francis, it’s only natural that many are also starting to wonder what it’s going to be like to have two Popes living at the same time. 

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Are Papal tweets infallible?

Are Papal tweets infallible?.  With the Pope’s new Twitter account going live tomorrow, this question seems to have come up in the press.


Silly press people.


Here’s a good reiteration of Papal authority, over at Improperium Christi.  The post also goes into what exactly the Church means by infallibility, which seems to be a controversial misunderstanding even today, almost 150 years after it was official defined at the First Vatican Council.


And if you haven’t seen already, you can follow Quidquid on Twitter @quidquidestest.

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Married Priests?

In light of the earlier post about the supposed history of women priests, here is a practical examination of the married priest question (sometimes linked to the issue of women priests) by a Catholic married deacon.


Every once in a while someone brings up the topic of married priests.  “Wouldn’t it be great if priests could marry?”  “There wouldn’t be a shortage of priests if they could be married.”  “There would be no sexual abuse crisis if priests were married.”  And on and on.  Then you hear the usual criticisms, “It’s all about money.  The Church doesn’t want married priests because then they’d have to pay them more money.”  “The Church doesn’t want married priests because they don’t want to have to take care of their widows.”  “The Church doesn’t want married priests because of the high cost of health insurance for families.”   “The Church doesn’t want married priests because they’d have to provide them with houses where they could raise their families.”  Again, on and on.

I’m no expert on the theology of married clergy, but since I am one, maybe I can shed…

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