A reader writes: Wow! Pope Francis is encouraging his priests to ‘Open the doors of the Church, and then the people will come in … if you keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is for confession’. Fantastic!  I’ve often felt that confession [Read More…]

The Illustrious Erin Manning writes

Mark, I’m asking you to do me a favor if you can.  Deirdre Mundy, a wonderful writer who doesn’t actually blog all that often (what with little ones at home and all) has written a pitch-perfect piece about Pope Francis’ decision to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in a juvenile prison. Here’s just a little of [Read More…]

Why are you reading me and not Amy Welborn?

Here she is, offering her customary sanity on the pontificates of Benedict and Francis: The red shoes – so maligned even by Catholics who should know better – are a symbol of blood.  Blood , people.  The blood of the martyrs and the blood of Christ on which His vicar stands, and through him, all [Read More…]

On this, his last day as Pope

I offer this wholly inadequate encomium to Pope Benedict XVI, Born Teacher. Thank you, Papa Benedict.  I will miss you and I am deeply grateful to you. [Read more…]

You Can Send a Word of Thanks to Pope Benedict

at Lovely idea. [Read more…]

Benedict and Gregory the Great

Michael Barber notes the rather clear and obvious influence Gregory has had on Benedict’s thinking in approach the question of his decision to leave the papacy. What a beautiful, clear-headed, humble, good man.  What a gift. [Read more…]

Various responses to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

including from Yr Obedient Svt. Very simply: I love the man and think him a great Pope, a great man, and a great saint. I hav nothing but gratitude to him and to God for giving him to us. I bless him on his way and I pray God give us a Holy Father far [Read More…]

With Friends Like FOX, Who Needs Enemies?

FOX declares Benedict a failure. The Holy Father should take the nastiness of a frenemy like FOX as a badge of honor.  What a disgusting piece of  bunk.  I much prefer the naked hostility of NPR or the NY Times to this “more in sorrow than in anger” bit of passive aggression. [Read more…]

In wake of B16 resignation…

…world media assumes heavy burden of a) gossiping about why a humble and weak old man is turning his office over to somebody stronger and better able to do it and b) telling the Church who that needs to be–because they are so qualified to do that. This is the hour when having a heirarchy [Read More…]


B16 resigns. Wow. Just wow. Fascinating. No big thoughts. Just…. wow. I wonder what happens next. I’ll miss him. A fine man. [Read more…]