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

544607_509104599153562_1332486794_n

[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 more [Read More...]

Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

popedeparts10

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...]

Joseph

papal-vestment-15248-sw

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...]

When is a Catholic School NOT a Catholic School?

photo1036

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...]

The Altar Server

altar

I found this at Fr. Z, and thought it was worth a share. It’s a very reverent look at the role of the “altar boy” (in this case, not a boy but a man), what he needs to bring to his job, and what he does for the mass itself. The focus is pretty clearly [Read More...]

Chaput: “Embody it, witness it, live it.”

chaput

Cardinal Dolan gets the lion’s share of the headlines, but we have another brilliant leader in the American church: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. I’ve had an opportunity to report on the Philadelphia diocese over the past few years, and his work there has been astonishing: bold, decisive, charitable, intelligent, and, always, deeply faithful. He [Read More...]

Adelaide Procter: The Church in 1849 … And Now

Pconservative

I intended just to share one of Adelaide Procter’s Christmas poems, but “The Church in 1849″ seemed too relevant to skip. We all think we’re sailing through unique trials that will shake the church, but every generation faces such trials. We will have our difficulties, particularly since a majority of our coreligionists voted for a [Read More...]

Thanks, Y’all

fonzie

I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X