Ratzinger on What the Church Will Look Like

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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s prophetic words from Faith and the Future often are quoted in part, but today’s story had me thinking about them again, and this is a good time to remind us of his predictions. When +Ratzinger became Benedict, he started easing us into this new future. (Emphasis added. Re-paragraphed for easier reading on screen.) [Read More...]

Stephen’s Service: The Apostles of Acts

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Stephen blazes across Acts like a comet, his brief ministry beginning in two chapters that interrupt the story of Peter and form a bridge to the conversion of Paul. Before he falls under the stones of the mob, he leaves a vivid impression as one of the only people other than Peter or Paul given [Read More...]

The People of God in Joy and Sorrow

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The sky early this morning was a terrible-beautiful slate gray, shot through with black. A cold mist seemed to hang in the air, threatening rain. I don’t complain about days like this. Incessant sunshine is intolerable. Blue skies and spring flowers are sweet and lovely, but give me the grays and ambers of autumn any [Read More...]

Parsing Francis, Shepherd of a Lost Sheep UPDATED

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Another week, another Pope Francis interview to set the internet atwitter. I liked it better when a quiet little German scholar issued clear and carefully structured catechetical lessons instead of free-ranging, off-the-cuff interviews with a hostile press. But then, the church isn’t here to make me comfortable. In fact, she’s here for the opposite purpose.  [Read More...]

Francis and Benedict, Peter and John

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I’m fortunate to have read Pope Francis’ interview before reading any of the fooforaw. Reading him cold, I saw not a single thing out of line with the papacy of Benedict XVI, which is why I was surprised at all the gnashing of teeth going on about a few words taken out of context by the [Read More...]

Housekeeping (With Some Notes on the Really True Truth)

"I see a B-movie director in a dress and Tor Johnson in my future."

1) The last two or three parts of the Tarot series should go up next week. I didn’t want to dump them all at once. They will have a little something on some of the more puzzling images, a bit on the work of Valentin Tomberg, and rules for playing for those who are interested. Also, [Read More...]

Why I Am Catholic

St. Thomas Aquinas gave me the tools I needed to understand my experience of God

Patheos has asked bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … They’re giving us 200 words to answer. I don’t need 200 words to tell you why I am Catholic. I only need four: Because Catholicism is true. It’s that simple. It’s not a matter of “belief.” Belief presumes that there’s some option: [Read More...]

Press F1 For Help: Thoughts on Francis

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

On a computer keyboard, the F1 key is used to get help. An F1 is also the fastest car on the race track: it holds the road tightly but corners quickly. (Memo to pedants: I know he won’t be “Pope Francis I” until there’s a Francis II. Duly noted. Now go bother someone who says [Read More...]


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