Benedict makes the cover of the New Yorker

Details:  This week’s cover by Barry Blitt, “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” is not the first time that a Pope has been portrayed on our cover. “I wish I could say something in Latin to make the image sound smart,” said Blitt, when asked what inspired him. The New Yorker has other pope-themed illustrations on display [Read More…]

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What sort of man are the cardinals looking for in the next pope?

Some ideas, from Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, interviewed by NCR’s John Allen.  A snip:  There’s got to be an identification with Jesus as shepherd of his church. The mystery of Jesus is infinite, but there’s a certain dimension of it that’s particularly necessary for being a pastor. Quite apart from personal sanctity, you have to [Read More…]

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Before and after: a Texas church reborn

Earlier, I posted on my visit to St. Monica’s in Dallas, which has just completed a lengthy renovation. It will be rededicated later this month.  I paid a visit to the parish Facebook page and found some truly impressive pictures of the renovation in progress.  Check ’em out. [Read more…]

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Cardinal Dolan: “The life of the church goes on”

From the New York Times, some thoughts from another conclave cardinal: The cavernous nave of St. Peter’s Basilica was nearly empty when Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan arrived Sunday morning, shortly after dawn, a fading moon still hanging in the sky, and red streaks of sunlight illuminating the facade. Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, is a [Read More…]

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Cardinal Sandri: “Women must have a more important role in the life of the Church”

One of the cardinals often being mentioned for pope granted an exclusive interview to Reuters recently, and shared his thoughts about the future of the Church: The Roman Catholic Church must open itself up to women in the next pontificate, giving them more leadership positions in the Vatican and beyond, according to a senior cardinal who [Read More…]

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Cardinal O’Brien admits sexual misconduct, apologizes

Details: Cardinal Keith O’Brien, forced to resign by the pope last week, has admitted to sexual misconduct and issued a sweeping apology to individuals he has “offended” as well as to the Catholic church and Scottish people. In a short statement issued soon after 5pm on Sunday, O’Brien admitted “there have been times that my [Read More…]

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Thanks, Dallas!

Just a brief thank you to the good deacons of Dallas, who made me feel so welcome yesterday.  I dropped in to speak to their annual Deacon Congress, held at the recently (and beautifully) renovated St. Monica’s Catholic Church.  (Check the website for the before and after renovation pictures.  Truly impressive!.)  Father Stephen Bierschenk, Deacon John [Read More…]

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“The precedent has been set”: What Benedict’s decision may mean for the next pope

An interesting overview, from a variety of voices (including some cardinals) from the New York Times:  The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, who last week renounced what for nearly 600 years has been a lifelong office, will reverberate for years to come and could change the nature of the modern papacy, starting with the election of [Read More…]

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Have we already had a black pope?

David Gibson does some digging into the question and finds some interesting nuggets of history: Ghanaian cardinal Peter Turkson is frequently mentioned amid all the speculation about who might succeed Pope Benedict XVI. If picked, some would see him as the first African and the first black pontiff in the nearly 2,000-year history of the papacy. [Read More…]

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The peculiar Catholicism of Roger Ebert

The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic takes note of recent papal news, waxes nostalgically about his Catholic upbringing (complete with Dominican nuns) and then concludes: I consider myself Catholic, lock, stock and barrel, with this technical loophole: I cannot believe in God. I refuse to call myself an atheist, however, because that indicates too great a [Read More…]

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