THE CHAIR OF KATHY: From Which I Ponder the Chair of Peter, and Its Significance in the History of the Church

Chair of Kathy

Here is my chair.  It is where I sit, watching the soup pot and watching the birds, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.Today I’ve been thinking about the Chair of Peter, the feast of which we celebrate on February 22.“A feast for a chair?” you ask. Yep.  You see, Peter wasn’t just any old apostle.  Oh, sure, he made a lot of mistakes.  (Pretending not to know Jesus, when approached by that woman at the fire after Jesus’ arrest, was a BIG mistake!)  He was impulsive and blust … [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...]

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...]