Joseph Bottum’s “AN ANXIOUS AGE”: He Had Me at ‘Hello’

Joseph Bottum

Joseph Bottum's important new book An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America, has been sitting on my bedside table for a few months, just begging to be opened and sampled. I read a lot of books; I enjoy them, I often report on them. I just hadn't gotten around to this one. Yet.In fact, I'm not too proud to admit that it took a Comcast line breaking in our front yard (and the resultant loss of internet and cable service) that made me sit down this evening and crack … [Read more...]

The Queenship of Mary Is Deeply Rooted in Scripture

Mary Queen of Heaven

Today Catholics celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of the Virgin Mary.Pope Pius XII established August 22 as the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary in 1954; but Mary’s role as queen over the universal Church finds its roots in the Scriptures.At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would rule forever on the throne of David. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary the “mother of my Lord.”The Old Testament foreshadows this queenship of Mary, by teachin … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Cardinal Edmund Szoka. Detroit and the World Have Lost a Great Leader.

Cardinal Szoka

Sad news today from the Archdiocese of Detroit, where former Detroit archbishop and former President of Vatican City State Edmund Cardinal Szoka has gone to his eternal reward.According to the Archdiocese of Detroit website: With sadness and great hope in the Resurrection we share news of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 and went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope … [Read more...]


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