Francis on Benedict: “You Cannot Imagine the Humility and Wisdom of the Man”

Francis and Benedict

Pope Francis, in a phone call with his friend and former pupil, journalist Jorge Milia, had some high praise for his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict.Milia recounts the story in an article which appeared in Terre d’America, the blog of Italian journalist Alver Metalli.  Milia reported that the Pope had teased him for sending a long (12-page) letter, and the two had laughed together.  They spoke of many things, including the former pontiff.  When Pope Francis expressed his deep respect for t … [Read more...]

Patheos Bloggers Conspire to Change the World: My Day with My Friend, Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Kathy w Fr Dwight Longenecker

I am so proud to call this guy my friend.Yesterday in Greenville, South Carolina, Father Dwight Longenecker and I got together for food and fellowship.  We chatted:  about writing, about our respective blogs, about Catholicism, and about you, the reader.  This photo was taken in his office.I’ve been reading the works of Fr. Dwight Longenecker since the publication of More Christianity: Finding the Fullness of the Faith, circa 2002.  That book took C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity to the next … [Read more...]


I can almost hear it now.  That staccato bell, the brazen metallic scream, telling children what they want to hear:  SCHOOL’S OUT! As the academic year drew to a close, my children—like yours, too, I’ll bet!—gleamed at the prospect of happy days spent doing wonderful new things.  The zoo, the ice cream parlor, the movies, the swimming pool, the mall…. I have a desk job now—but in those years of careful parenting, I was trying so hard to stay at home with our children; and that meant that mone … [Read more...]