Uncle Eddy (a pseudonym for Fr. John Bartunek, LC) an imaginary character who has been imprisioned for the Catholic Faith, is there to:
Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, Inside the Passion, the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC.
Who is Uncle Eddy?
Uncle Eddy was on a secret evangelizing mission for the Vatican to an undisclosed (and hostile) location. While faithfully carrying out his charge, he was apprehended by enemies of the Church and is currently being held in solitary confinement somewhere in the northern hemisphere. His prison is a corporate office cubicle, with only artificial light (fluorescent, actually, with that ceaseless, annoying buzz). His one relief is access to email (well, actually, he also has the comfort of the complete set of Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints, which he reads assiduously to pass the time). His captors have given it to him with hopes that he will unwittingly reveal Vatican secrets in his e correspondence. To their continued consternation, Eddy has taken advantage of this privilege to keep in contact with his numerous nephews and nieces (all of whom happen to be college students), sharing avuncular advice on the spiritual life and spreading encouragement as much as he can.
Figuring out the right path to take at work, college or with friends is not always easy. Before making some of those big (or small) decisions, check out what Uncle Eddy has to say.