Ryan Mayer

A “revert” to the faith, Ryan teaches theology at Marin Catholic College Preparatory in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned a BA from Mt. Angel Seminary in philosophy, theology, and literature and an MA in theology & bioethics from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, as well as certification in health care ethics with distinction from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He has been published in National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and has also written for the Dead Philosopher’s Society blog. He is currently completing a MA in philosophy and a licentiate in bioethics from a Pontifical university in Rome. His areas of interest include bioethics, apologetics, pro-life issues, and science & the New Atheism. Ryan also enjoys food, Legos (but who can afford it?), home-brewing, and is a CS Lewis/GK Chesterton-phile. Follow Ryan: @RyanCMayer

Ryan Mayer

You Can’t Miss World Youth Day Ever Again, Here’s Why

World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland just concluded.  An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims attended the closing mass with Pope Francis.  I’ve had the gift of attending three World Youth day celebrations—Paris ’97, Rome 2000, and as a volunteer in Cologne in 2005.  The first was life-altering and each was epic in different ways.  In …

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Like Chesterton’s wit and the joy of Francis of Assisi? You MUST read this book: Mr. Blue

How do you combine the wit and charm of Chesterton, the absurd joy of St. Francis of Assisi, and the can-do American charisma of Jay Gatsby?  Meet Mr. Blue.  I read Mr. Blue for the first time a few years ago after reading an article that admonished something to the effect of, “you can’t claim …

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35 Sometimes Hilarious Things Popes Have Signed or Autographed

Popes have signed lots of things throughout the centuries… promulgations, encyclicals, letters, treaties, baseballs, motorcycles, surf boards. haha. Enjoy 35 photos of Popes signing things.   1. Opening Vatican II-John XXIII The Second Vatican Council was opened by Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962.   2. A Papal Bull–Pope Innocent III This is the lead …

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25 Reasons Natural Family Planning is a Terrible Idea

Thinking of ditching the contraceptives and practicing Natural Family Planning?  Yeah terrible idea.  Here are 25 reasons why.   1. What is it some kind of religious type thing? Everyone knows NFP is just some weird Catholic thing, right? I only participate in non-religious stuffs.   2. Non-Catholics think it’s great too. I only participate …

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These Two Poems From G.K. Chesterton Will Help You Have a Great Holy Week

G.K. Chesterton was many things: an essayist, artist, a social commentator, husband, master of paradoxes, convert…donkey.  What? That’s right, a donkey.  A six-foot two-inch, two-hundred-fifty pound donkey. If Chesterton is known for anything, it’s paradoxes. Paradox, is at the heart of his worldview, his writing, and his life. He was a walking paradox. A paradox is …

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Awkward Thanksgiving Evangelization Conversation Starters

Nothing says Thanksgiving dinner like awkward family attempts at evangelization.  You have everyone’s attention and you may not see them again for a while.  Don’t miss the opportunity to evangelize with these conversation starters.* Saints “They say a turkey will run around even after its head is cut off…speaking of which, ever heard of the Cephalophores?” …

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12 Times Pope Francis Dropped the Mic During His U.S. Visit

Pope Francis will be wrapping up his Apostolic Journey to the United States this weekend…maybe you heard? He visited Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, spoke to Congress and the United Nations, and characteristically, made some surprise moves, as well.  If we could summarize his visit in a brief phrase of some sort, it might sound something …

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