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...]

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A HEART FOR GOD: Remembering Blessed John Paul the Great

Our family traveled to Europe for the first time in the Fall of 2000.  We motored through four or five countries—savoring the sights and scents of cities older than anything we’d ever seen in the United States, and marveling at majestic mountain ranges.  Our two-week road trip reached its apex in Rome—and more specifically, with the General Audience of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, October 18, 2000.  We were near and clicked this photo as the popemobile passed through St. Peter’s Square, and … [Read more...]

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BLESSED JOHN PAUL II: Larger Than Life (In More Ways Than One)

Here it is:  the larger-than-life portrait of Pope John Paul II which was hung today in St. Peter’s Square.  I suppose it wasn’t displayed at the May 1 Beatification because it would have obstructed the view of hundreds of the faithful.At the Beatification ceremony, Pope Benedict read the official decree in Latin:  We grant that the venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope, henceforth be called Blessed and that his feast may be celebrated in the places and according to the regulations establ … [Read more...]

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