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The Rev. Joshua J. Whitfield is a priest of the Diocese of Dallas and pastoral administrator of St. Rita Catholic Community in Dallas, Texas. He is also a regular contributor to The Dallas Morning News.
FaithFaith in Focus
Joshua J. Whitfield
As a married Catholic priest, I know both fatherhoods. And, I can tell you, priestly fatherhood, like natural fatherhood, is an embodied, deep thing.
Pope Francis leads a meeting with representatives of bishops' conferences from around the world at the Vatican on Oct. 9, 2021. The meeting came as the Vatican launched the process that will lead up to the assembly of the world Synod of Bishops in 2023. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithShort Take
Joshua J. Whitfield
Yes, the synod on synodality is off to a sluggish start, especially in the United States. But if we are brutally honest about what is broken in the church, we can still have a successful dialogue.
The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church, speaks during the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Owen Humphreys/pool photo via AP)
FaithShort Take
Joshua J. Whitfield
Fabricated and impersonal, too many Catholic preachers hide themselves, forgetting that personality matters in preaching.