The year 2011 was my first year since I began this blog that I was not employed by the parish as a DRE and Youth Director, so I had a little bit more time to devote to blogging and felt more freedom to blog about whatever I wanted. The result was some of the most scholarly posts I have ever done (in my opinion). Here are my picks for the top posts of 2011. By the way, if you enjoy this blog, please consider forwarding some of these articles to your friends or "liking" this blog's Facebook page (linked up at the top):
Program for Parish Renewal: First in a four part series of how my pastor took a crazy. liberal parish and transformed it into a bastion of orthodoxy.
Last Supper and Liturgy: Examining the seating arrangement at the Last Supper.
Priestless parishes as a fait accompli? The tendency of many dioceses to put forward the ideal of a priestless parish as a normative and even desirable state of affairs.
French clergy in the age of Louis XIV: An examination of the moral and intellectual state of the French clergy during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Rob Bell: Stressing the fault lines of Protestantism: The controversy over Rob Bell's book "Love Wins" reveals an inherent weakness in Protestant thought.
"I am of Paul; I am of Apollos": A refutation to a common Protestant interpretation of 1 Cor. 10:13-17.
St. Augustine did not "invent" original sin: A refutation to the common assertion that the concept of original sin was invented by St. Augustine of Hippo.
Books that won't imperil the soul: Thirteen recommended books in the fields of theology, philosophy, history and literature.
The JustFaith program is not Catholic: One of my most highly viewed posts of all time on the heretical tendencies of the JustFaith program.
The Assumption: Not a question of history: Why we believe in the Assumption despite the fact that the dogma is not explicitly taught prior to Council of Nicaea.
Reliability of the Fathers: The first post in a long series about the general reliability of the Church Fathers in establishing what is the true faith.
The Homosexual Compromise: A refutation of the common assertion that homosexual orientation is acceptable in a priest so long as they don't "act on it."
Rectificare Errata: The fake encyclical I posted on April Fool's Day.
A federalist solution to abortion: Why returning abortion laws to the states is a licit strategy for ending abortion in this country.
Liturgical minimalism hurts the poor: The liturgical minimalism done in the name of making the liturgy more accessible to the poor actually hurts the poor.
Authority over demons in the Early Church: In the early Church, average lay people had authority over demons, which they exercised simply by virtue of their baptism.
Is Gandhi in hell? Using Gandhi as an example of how the principle of invincible ignorance is abused.
Speeding up to slow down: How my diocese's attempt to implement the new translation of the Missal actually put our parish behind, at least with regards to music.
What day was Jesus really born? An examination of the evidence in support of December 25th based on the time of Zechariah's service in the Temple.
Law and Tradition: Why, despite the admirable trend towards Tradition in the current Church, tradition itself can never be restored simply by legislation.
Top Ten Careers for Catholics: Ten fields you could go into instead of majoring in "liberal arts."
Christ's descent into hell: An examination of St. Thomas' reasons for why Christ descended to the dead - none of them agreeing with the reasons put forth by Balthasar. Article by Anselm.