There You Have It, Folks! Pope Francis on the Fundamental Role of Women in the Church

Pope Francis with women

There was a great hullabaloo in the blogosphere last week, when word got out that Pope Francis had washed the feet of two young women on Holy Thursday.  Was this licit?  Was it a rejection of ecclesiastical law?  A return to Gnosticism?  A bad example for confused Catholics in the pews?Today in St. Peter’s Square, speaking at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis may have tipped his hand—showing us the direction he is headed with regard to the role of women in the Church.First he r … [Read more...]

Answers to That Tricky April Fool’s Day Puzzle

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

First, a couple of stories:  Years ago, our family visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Originally located in what had been the beloved illustrator’s home, a successful fundraising campaign made it possible for the museum to move to a larger space on the outskirts of the city.I have always loved Rockwell’s depiction of life in America.  I hadn’t known, though, until our visit about some of the warm symbolism in his art.Remember the famous Four Freedoms painti … [Read more...]