A Happy Ending to USF “Priest=Toilet” Controversy

Toilet 2

A few days ago, I told you the story of an anti-religious incident at the University of South Florida, in which a professor had equated priests with excrement.  I had contacted the professor, Dr. Timothy Weil, for comment; but instead, I received a response from his dean, Dr. Julianne Serovich.  The case was being reviewed, she assured me, and a response would be sent to the Catholic League.I expected the usual “academic-freedom-blah-blah” sort of statement to be issued by USF.  I expected a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass at the Tomb of Pope John Paul II

Tomb of JPII

On Thursday mornings, a group of Polish worshippers gather in the St. Sebastian Chapel, just inside St. Peter’s Basilica on the right side.  There, at the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II, they attend Mass and receive the Eucharist.This morning, it was Pope Francis himself who celebrated the liturgy in the St. Sebastian Chapel.  Vatican Radio reported on his homily, which focused on the love of God, and on two powerful images illustrating the different ways this love may be received:  the ap … [Read more...]

NSA Spied on Vatican, Pope Francis, Too? (UPDATED)

NSA spying

The National Security Agency didn’t only spy on Angela Merkel and on our own citizens.  They may actually have spied on Pope Francis, both before and after his election to the papacy.A new report by the Italian weekly news magazine Panorama claims that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many Catholic cardinals and bishops during the March 2013 conclave.   The magazine also stated that the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence where many cardinals including Jorge Bergoglio stayed in the d … [Read more...]