“Something to Love, Something to Be Bugged By”: Pummeled by The Anchoress

I didn't sleep last night, playing out my crankiness over the Pope Wars in mental and spoken potential posts of staggering snarkiness. I raised my moralistic eyebrow higher and more uncontrollably than The Bachelor's notorious Tierra, whose eyebrow had its own Twitter handle. What made me so cranky was the inevitable rebound effect. Lots of those folks who, early on, so resented enthusiasm for Team Francis expressed as criticism of Team Benedict are now turning the tables and expressing their … [Read more...]

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When It Comes to Popes, I’m on Team Jesus

 I hate choosing sides. It might be the Libra in me, or the hoarder's inability to make decisions, or the hideous memory of being picked last for everything in grammar school. I can't even fill out a decent NCAA bracket, because I can find some reason why just about any team should win the mirror-ball trophy from the Big Dance with the Stars.So I am particularly peeved by the swelling tendency to pit papal clique against papal claque, as though Catholics had to wear their popes on … [Read more...]

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The Dowager Pope and the (Very) Fallible Media

 Gaaaaaaaaaaahhhh.How long can stupid go on? The renunciation of the papacy by Pope Benedict XVI is certainly providing a test case. Not only is the MSM uncharacteristically obsessed with the story---more so, from what I can tell, than many Catholic commentators and even your average Catholic-in-the-pew-a-couple-of-times-a-month---but it continues to heap ignorant on ignorant in truly unprecedented fashion.Like today. I mean, we know that when it comes to Catholicism the New … [Read more...]

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That Papal Lightning Strike? It’s a GOOD Thing

 There's been quite a bit of buzz about this photograph of lightning striking the dome of St Peter's today, on the day that Pope Benedict XVI's intention to renounce the papacy was made public.Of course, there's been global buzz about every aspect of that announcement---from instantly produced Facebook memes to Vegas odds on the March Madness conclave brackets. Some of it's good buzz: the outpouring of respect for the Holy Father's candor, humility, and courage; the chance to … [Read more...]

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Strength of Mind and Body: Praying for the Pope, the Church, the World

 My eyes popped open at 3:01 am PST, the TV still on the overnight news. A few minutes later, a special report: POPE BENEDICT XVI TO RESIGN.If, as it seems now, the reports of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation are true, there is special reason to invoke the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes on this her feast day.According to the text of the pope's message, which has been posted on the website of Vatican Radio, the Holy Father---"after having repeatedly examined my … [Read more...]

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