A Clock Set to Eternity: Why It’s Never ‘Time’ for the Church to Do Something

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What time is it? For Catholics, it's always eternity.My Patheos Catholic Channel colleague Mark Shea asked for prayers yesterday because he'd been invited to participate in a HuffPost discussion about "whether it's time to end the celibate priesthood." Leaving aside the chances (nil) that what the Huffington Post wants to do with this topic is anything resembling discussion, the question itself gives me fidgets. It's emblematic of the cluelessness of so much of the interregnum blather, from … [Read more...]

Your Average Joe, with a Twist: Betting on a Pope

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I'm pretty good at handicapping the ponies (Pete McPortland's daughter could hardly be anything less), but when it comes to papabile, I might as well be a hunch bettor. Ask me who the next pope will be, and I'm likely to give you the equivalent of "whichever cardinal has the cutest name" or "the guy who's praying with blinkers on for the first time."I can't even rely on my foolproof college basketball system for predicting a win in the Religion News Service's brilliant take on papal March … [Read more...]


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