Welcome to the Faithful of Southern Illinois (FOSIL) website. FOSIL is no longer active but maintain this website containing a variety of essays written by Fr. McBrien, Roger Karban and Tom Smith. 


2015 - Church Chat Critique of Priests' Convocation Ignites Controversy

FOSIL columnist Tom Smith stirred a spirited conversation with his Church Chat column #113, "Smelling Like the Sheep" (below and at this link. We reproduce here the emails about it that came to FOSIL's attention.

Tom Smith's Original Church Chat
Response of Father Jim Dieters
Response of Gerald Montroy
Response of Tom Smith


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