Why a Pope? What’s This Catholic Business Anyway?

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In answer to some questions folks might have as we’re all focused on Rome, an exchange I had with my friend George Weigel on the publication of his new book, Evangelical Catholicism: LOPEZ: “In a cultural environment where all authority is suspect and the notion of divine authority is thought to be a psychological hangover [Read More...]

Lent with Love

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This isn’t theologically correct, but I do feel a bit like Lent began Monday this year for Catholics, with the humility of the Holy Father demonstrated so boldly in his shocking, loving announcement. In his Lenten message, the Holy Father reflects: Christians are people who have been conquered by Christ’s love and accordingly, under the [Read More...]

‘God Is Always There. The Holy Spirit Does Not Go on Holidays.’

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What a beautiful reflection on the Pope Benedict’s news this week, from a cardinal in the room for the announcement, Francis Cardinal Arinze from Nigeria! As someone who knows the Holy Father he says: “I haven’t any doubt about his wisdom,” the cardinal said. “He doesn’t rush. He is not rash. He is gentle. But [Read More...]

Thank You, Holy Father!

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That’s what I’m dubbing the unofficial title of a panel later today, Ash Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. People are unsettled and looking for a little community and solidarity in the face of the big news from Rome this week. And the Catholic Information Center and Catholic Voices USA are aiming to provide some at 4 [Read More...]

What Is a Pope?

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From Bishop Anthony Fisher, a Dominican in Australia: From the earliest times the role of the papacy has been this: to be the authentic witness to Jesus Christ “the Son of the Living God” and to His Gospel of life and love, of truth and goodness, of beauty and glory; to be, as binder and [Read More...]

B16 Teaches Us How to Live

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I’ve been saying this morning that if John Paul II showed us how to die, Pope Benedict XVI is showing us how to step aside in humility and love. But it is so much more than that even. He shows us how to live. The pope’s resignation statement is extraordinary. And it’s not the resigning [Read More...]

The Object of My Affection, 2013 Remake

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This might be on your mind already because Valentine’s Day is this week, but here’s an action item: Invite a married couple to drop their kids off for the night some night, invite some single men and women from work or church to dinner with some others for dinner. Do something to support marriage, to [Read More...]

‘It was over in a very short time.’

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Indeed it is. With haste, we ought to reflect on the witness of the martyrs we remember today. The witness of the last moments of the life of Saint Paul Miki and his companions — Father Bursar, Brother Martin, Brother Francis Branco …. there were six Franciscans, three Jesuits, fifteen Japanese tertiaries and two Japanese [Read More...]


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