“Oramus” is a Latin phrase translated “We Pray.”


About Our Authors.

Justin West

Justin West

Justin holds a BA in Philosophy and a BA in History from Benedictine College, and is working towards his MA in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.  He teaches RCIA at Benedictine, and has spent half a decade writing articles for various papers and forums helping to resolve the questions many people have about Catholicism. Justin is a serial entrepreneur, who is usually working on 4 to 5 projects at any given time, and whose head might explode some day if he can’t get out all of the thoughts.  This website started as an attempt to allow some of those thoughts to vent.

He is married to his lovely wife Elizabeth, and they have three children.

Patrick Stoops


Patrick was born in Illinois and has lived in Kansas since 1994. He attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Benedictine College, graduating in 2010 with a major in political science and a minor in history. He entered the world of blogging by writing articles for a Q&A social site called Girls Ask Guys.  Pat likes to think that when Justin read some of them, and was so thoroughly impressed, that he begged on his hands and knees for Pat’s contributions. This is, of course, utter bunk.  Pat checked out Oramus and liked the work to be done. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Why does he do it? Girls, money, and fame.

The Masked Papist

The Masked papist

The Masked Papist is the brainchild of Justin, but is not (or at least not always) Justin.  Just as the church offers confession from behind a screen, anonymity being important to some, here at Oram.us, we wanted to make for the possibility of a forum for discussing more private, sensitive issues in an open and candid way.  To that end, we are opening up “the Masked Papist” as an opportunity for any Catholic to share openly and honestly some insight about their struggles, particularly in the realm of sexuality, but also in any other area.

Masked Papist FAQ:

How does one go about making a submission to be run under The Masked Papist?

Submissions for the Masked Papist may be sent from an anonymous email address to [email protected], and should they pass muster, they will be posted to this site under the authorship of “The Masked Papist.”

Who are you?

No one of consequence.

I must know!

Get used to disappointment.

Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid or something?

Oh no. It’s just they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.


You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

What If I want to write for you as a regular author/contributor?

See here.