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Author Archive: Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC

We love Jesus because he loved us first. Fr. Matthew wants to help you experience Jesus and become his apostle.
He is a priest with the Legionaries of Christ ordained in 2013, and lives in the Washington DC metro area where he studies at STL and helps out with a few ministries. Fr. Matthew is also one of the top priests on social media with over 35,000 Twitter followers. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Fr. Matthew has worked throughout North America.

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Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

December 5, AD2016
Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

I get frustrated when I see this seemingly endless discussion in certain Catholic circles about how women should dress. How long should the skirt be? Are skinny jeans appropriate? How much cleavage is allowed? I also remember my sisters describing shopping for wedding dresses and the saleswoman assuming they were Mormons because they didn’t want […]

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The Cultural Emasculinization I Saw Hiking

November 11, AD2016 19 Comments
The Cultural Emasculinization I Saw Hiking

I was visiting my family a while back. One day, my sister and I went out to the mountains for a hike up Johnston Canyon and to the Ink Pots beyond. It’s 6.5 miles each way, 2000 feet vertical, skinny boardwalks inside a canyon, wet trails, so a moderately difficult hike but definitely worth it […]

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4 Advantages of Digital Silence

October 7, AD2016 0 Comments
4 Advantages of Digital Silence

Being an active Catholic on social media who checks my Twitter and Facebook multiple times a day, I’m probably the last person you’d expect to talk about the advantages of disconnecting from electronics, but here I am. Over the past month, I have come to realize the value of taking time off from all our […]

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A Society Built on Trust

September 6, AD2016 6 Comments
A Society Built on Trust

I walked into Wal-Mart in Dearborn and seemed out of place because I was white and buying alcohol. (Dearborn is a Detroit suburb with the highest concentration of Muslims in the USA.) I probably looked extra-weird as I had just finished a 40-mile bike ride and was still dressed in clothes appropriate for cycling. I […]

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Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

August 5, AD2016 33 Comments
Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

About a month ago, during the Euro Cup, I was impressed reading a few pieces in the press about Mesut Özil, an extremely talented Muslim soccer player who often opens his palms in prayer during stoppages in play and reads the Koran before matches. I saw a quote from him saying, “I’d rather not play […]

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Where Did the Eight Criteria the Vatican Just Gave for Discerning Charisms Come From?

June 24, AD2016 2 Comments
Where Did the Eight Criteria the Vatican Just Gave for Discerning Charisms Come From?

The Church is blessed constantly with new charismatic groups that renew her spirit; however, at the same time, the hierarchy is responsible for discerning these charismatic gifts especially when they refer to new spiritual families in the Church. How does she discern this? In Iuvenescit Ecclesia 18, eight criteria are given. These criteria are not […]

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The 9 Non-Negotiables

June 7, AD2016 35 Comments
The 9 Non-Negotiables

For years, Catholic Answers has produced a helpful voters’ guide on the five non-negotiable moral issues for Catholics. It is good but in the years since it was first produced, four more issues have come up that I think are worth adding to the list of non-negotiable moral issues. I will explain both what these […]

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Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online

May 10, AD2016 10 Comments
Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online

Twitter can be a harsh place. I get responses daily to my tweets that might make your hair rise on end. Here’s the most negative tweets – unfiltered – I got in a random week (April 21-28, simply the week before I wrote this intro): “As the False Prophet, he [Pope Francis] will be one […]

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Debating Against a Stacked Deck

April 12, AD2016 3 Comments
Debating Against a Stacked Deck

Recently, I posted on Twitter that we should protect parents and children by opposing a new policy allowing students to pick their bathroom without informing the parents of this change. Obviously, it got some reaction. I had expected that. What was surprising to me was how much the transsexual lobby would only debate with a […]

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Body-Positive Catholicism

March 15, AD2016 12 Comments
Body-Positive Catholicism

I was a nerd, not a jock, a little flabby but not obese, interested in the brain more than the body, catching my breath after a few flights of stairs, thinking this was the way to live Catholicism. I saw the problem with society’s ideal model: a self-starvation woman with liposuction, plastic surgery, a facelift, make up […]

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Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

February 10, AD2016 19 Comments
Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care […]

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Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

January 12, AD2016 7 Comments
Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

So, you’re excited about your faith and want to share it. You want to evangelize! You realize that much of the world has moved online and fear that will be a great place to share it. But how? I’ve seen everything. I saw a Twitter account with fewer than 100 followers claiming to be at […]

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Abba or Allah: 2 Views of the 1 God

December 16, AD2015 160 Comments
Abba or Allah: 2 Views of the 1 God

I have always loved science: when most boys said they wanted to be policemen, I wanted to be a paleontologist and study dinosaurs. Now as a priest, I still enjoy looking at science as a sign of God’s beautiful work in the world. Looking for an Islamic understanding of natural science, I came across a […]

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Robert Lewis Dear Isn’t Pro-Life (Pro-Life = Pro-ALL-Life)

December 4, AD2015 1 Comment
Robert Lewis Dear Isn’t Pro-Life (Pro-Life = Pro-ALL-Life)

Last Saturday, Robert Lewis Dear went into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and committed an anti-life crime. He killed 3 people and injured 9 more with his gun. His actions were the very antithesis of everything the name “pro-life” stands for: he was killing people intentionally, violently and without justification, at least according […]

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