Francis and Benedict, Peter and John

John and Peter

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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Habemus Papam!: Pope Francis [Final Updates For Today]

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  [Scroll down for the first comments of Pope Francis] Waiting for the news. More as it comes. The twitter stream is moving like gangbusters. I never, ever imagined it would come this fast. I was thinking tomorrow at the earliest. I’m wondering right now what it means, and thinking it means the choice was [Read More...]

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Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

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You cannot leave one place without entering another. Yesterday was a day of beginnings and endings. As I watched papa Bene recede from the balcony of Castelgandolfo, I realized it was possible I’d never see him again in this world. There’s sadness in that, but as some of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I kicked around our [Read More...]

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Joseph

This is the Room of Tears: the place where popes traditionally retire after being chosen. Here, they contemplate the burden they are about to assume: a 2000-year-old office founded by Christ himself not on a book or a government or a place, but on a man named Simon, thereafter known as Cephas, petros, rock: Peter. [Read More...]

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When is a Catholic School NOT a Catholic School?

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Answer: when it’s a “School in the Catholic tradition.” And when your bishop already told you he doesn’t want another school in his diocese. Trinity Hall is supposedly opening its doors in September, but it doesn’t seem to have a campus yet, just a location somewhere in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The problem is, Bishop David [Read More...]

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