The Hour of Trial is the Hour of Fidelity

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“He who remains firm in his faith and strong at heart knows that Christ the King is never so near as in the hour of trial, which is the hour for fidelity. With a heart torn by the sufferings and afflictions of so many of her sons, but with the courage and the stability that [Read More...]

Pope Threatens to Punch Aide

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Oh, sorry, did I forget the #TrollSoHard tag in that headline? On the plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the pope addressed the Charlie Hebdo issue, saying there were limits to free expression and that  “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. [Read More...]

Bobble Benny Joins the Team

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WonderPope powers activate! Form of: an encyclical! Maybe I’ll miss him a little less now that he’s standing vigil over my workspace with Padre Pio, Pope Innocent III, St. Dymphna, and the rest of the Superhero Wonder Team.   [Read more...]

No, Pope Francis Did Not Call the Koran a “Prophetic Book of Peace”

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The Moonie-owned Washington Times has a story headlined Pope Francis: Koran ‘is a prophetic book of peace’. That would indeed be a shocking thing for a pope to say, not so much for the “peace” part as the “prophetic” part, so let’s look at the quote from the story: Pope Francis, in Rome after a [Read More...]

The “Thank You God the Synod Is Over” Post

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Well, that was fun, and by “fun” I mean “let’s never do that again.” At least not for another year. What a mess. The twitchy year leading up to the Synod on the Family has seen a steady rise in anxiety in the very tiny corner of the Catholic pool represented by social media and [Read More...]

St. John Paul II on Gradualism

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John Allen points out that the idea of “gradualism” is being floated at the synod, with the expected responses of support from the progressives, skepticism from the orthodox, and outrage from the reactionaries. It’s not particularly clear if either side is really understanding how the word is being deployed in this case, including the people [Read More...]

Benedict: The Liturgy as a Game

Reading Ratzinger’s Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy, this passage from Spirit of the Liturgy struck me again as a fascinating analogy (re-paragraphed for ease of reading): What is the liturgy? What happens during the liturgy? What kind of reality do we encounter here? In the 1920s the suggestion was made that we should understand the liturgy [Read More...]

“I shall be called John Paul”

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On this day in 1978, the newly elected John Paul I explained his choice of name: Yesterday morning I went to the Sistine Chapel to vote tranquilly. Never could I have imagined what was about to happen. As soon as the danger for me had begun, the two colleagues who were beside me whispered words of [Read More...]


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