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...]

What Is Catholicism?

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People hear things about what Catholics believe. Some of it is true. A lot of it is not. The most compelling education about what exactly it is Catholicism is and teaches comes from the example of lived witness. In an interview about his conversion to Catholicism at age 76, the late Judge Robert H. Bork [Read More...]

Do You Know about the Year of Faith?

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As I write, a B16-designated Year of Faith begins in 1 Day, 19 hours and 40-some minutes according to the official countdown clock. At the crypt church at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., at a Monday-morning Mass, one priest suggested this prayer for Thursday and beyond: Lord God, [Read More...]

There Are Christians in Hollywood

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Catholic schools and Catholicism come up during my chats with Mike and Chip Flaherty, the execs at Walden Media behind the movie Won’t Back Down, out today. [Read more...]

Chicago’s Finest

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I am delighted by the news that Fr. Robert Barron will be the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake, outside Chicago. Fr. Barron is responsible for the top-notch Catholicism series that aired, partially, on PBS this fall. The message of this appointment is (at least to this non-seminarista): The New Evangelization [Read More...]


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