The Intra-Catholic Forum follows the logic of Ave Maria Radio’s slogan: “Build the Church, Bless the Nation.” The forum exists to address topics within Catholicism that range from speculative to controversial to imaginative for the benefit of the Church and the world without the threat of reprisals that often accompany expressing such thoughts. In other words, here is a “safe zone” (if there can be one, please) for Catholic academics and those interested to argue out their personal positions which may or may not be fully formed, but which nevertheless attempt to come from the heart of the Church for the good of souls.

The higher point of The Intra-Catholic Forum is to exercise the prophetic charism in the Church for her own interior renewal, without heresy or schism, so that we can be the saints God calls us to be and influence others to be the same. All faith persuasions (or non-affiliated) are encouraged to post inquisitive and intelligent responses. Civility of discourse and giving others the benefit of the doubt are to be expected as marks of love. Articles for posting are peer-reviewed.


me in elipse

Dr. Tobias John Nathe, the editor, hails from the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in the state of Washington as the youngest of 16 children (7 originals; 8 wards of the state; 1 adopted). He is married and hoping to foster-to-adopt.


Degrees include a B.A. from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Sport Management and a minor in Public Relations (1994), a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from The Franciscan University of Steubenville (2002), a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America (2006), and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology (S.T.D., but the good kind) with an emphasis in Moral Theology/Ethics from C.U.A. (2012). His senior philosophy thesis was on “Personal Love,” his S.T.L. thesis on “St. Ephrem’s Liturgical Vision of Paradise and the Trees in Its Midst: On the Cultic Ordering and Appropriation of Goods,” and his dissertation on “The Form Love Takes in the World: On Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Contribution to Ethics.”

Between Wazzu and Franciscan U., Tobias spent three years in Los Angeles working in the film industry where he tried, among other things, to become a professional screenwriter. Those aspirations have not ceased, but a Prodigal Son conversion experience led him to rediscover the faith that he was baptized in and flee the cave, perhaps to return someday (and be crucified?).

He served as Assistant Professor of Moral and Systematic Theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West following his studies (2013-2016) and another year and a half working for Lighthouse Catholic Publishing as the Publisher of St. Ignatius Parish Magazine, now Westside Catholic Neighbors (Cincinnati).

Now, he’s trying his hand at blogging and screenwriting again. He’s also called to be a deacon like his dad before him, in God’s good time.