To Rise From Ashes: The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

One hundred eighty-nine years ago next week—on July 15, 1832—a careless workman started a fire on the roof of one of Rome’s great papal basilicas, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the  Walls.  The workman had been completing repairs on the lead tiles when a great fire erupted, causing near total destruction of the historic chapel.Repairs on the basilica took more than 30 years, with many countries contributing toward its construction.  Pillars of alabaster were offered by the Viceroy of Egypt … [Read more...]

God Needed Heroes– But Was This What He Meant?

JUNE 29 - FEAST OF STS. PETER AND PAULThere is an old adage:  “God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called.”And if you’re looking for a man who proved that by his life, the apostle Peter is your guy.  Peter, you’ll recall, denied Christ three times in the courtyard on Holy Thursday night.  Peter had seen his Master beaten and condemned to death, and he feared the Romans and the Jews who had treated Jesus so cruelly.Poor, bedraggled Peter—fearing for his life, he had three … [Read more...]

Does “Both/And” Theology Rescue Peter and His Keys?

A guest post by Deacon Jerry Schiffer Today is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time and today’s readings offer a look at a foundational Catholic teaching that is often contested in the rest of the Christian world.At issue is the establishment of Peter as the head of Christ’s Church on earth.  Supporting that premise – from a Catholic standpoint—are the following verses: And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevai … [Read more...]