Should the Catholic Church Sell St. Peter’s Basilica to Help the Poor?

St Peters Basilica in Rome

"I looked up at the great basilica, and I had two reactions:  First, I appreciated its beauty and reverence; but then I thought, 'What corruption caused someone to spend so much on this building when people are hungry'?" *     *     *     *     * I made a new friend on the train this week.  Mark described himself as a Christian but not a Catholic.  As Amtrak #358 sped along the track from Chicago, where I'd been attending a conference, to Dearborn, Mark and I chatted about a lot of things:  abo … [Read more...]

Fictional “Pope Joan” Listed Among Twelve Women Who Helped Shape Christianity

Mary the Mother of God

This morning I was flummoxed to read in The Tablet a list of twelve women who supposedly "helped shape Christianity."  Numbered among this august group, according to writer Peter Stanford, are a prostitute, an excommunicated ex-nun, and an imaginary heroine who never even existed.Where on the list, I wondered, is St. Catherine of Siena, who had the political boldness to "speak truth to power" and who counseled Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from Avignon and resume leadership and … [Read more...]

Florida Archaeologists Uncover Oldest Church in U.S.

Foundation for a 337-year-old church uncovered on the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine, Florida

In May 2014, an archaeological dig in St. Augustine, Florida, uncovered what experts believe may be the foundation of a 17th century church and friary, the oldest in the United States.The discovery on the grounds of the historic Mission Nombre de Dios ("Name of God") dates back to the 1670s, when the Spanish governor of Florida ordered a church to be erected near the site of a fort which was under construction at the time, the Castillo de San Marcos.The excavation was part of an ongoing … [Read more...]


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