Heading to Holy Land: May I Take Your Intentions WIth Me?

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Early next week I will be heading to the Holy Land as part of a team of Catholic journalists who will be touring most of Christendom's holiest sites, and also encountering the Holy Father during his time in Jerusalem.You regular readers know I do not travel well, so please pray for me, particularly that I might survive that long, tightly-packed-in flight without stroking out, getting deep vein thrombosis or whatever.Please pray for Pope Francis, too, whose itinerary is public, and who … [Read more...]

Heard About Brouhaha at Harvard? Thank the Blogs UPDATED

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Does Catholic blogging matter? Does it make a difference? That's more or less the question being debated at the Catholic Herald, UK, in light of the "Protect the Pope Blog" brouhaha, and I was pleased to be able to contribute to the conversation:Particularly in matters of evangelisation, the Church trusts that any field seeded for love of Christ and in service to others will – through the patient, expedient promptings of the Holy Spirit – bear good fruit at the time appropriate to God’s purp … [Read more...]

Is Assad Goading Obama? Herod Couldn’t Take it, Either – UPDATED

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Given the social media jeers of his adolescent son, and Assad's assertion that President Obama "is weak", it sure does look like Syria is trying to taunt Obama into blowing things up, over there.That alone should make everyone pull back from declaring "bombs-away."A few days ago I wondered whether Obama -- who last year recklessly pronounced the use of deadly chemichals ae "red line" to which America would respond with great vengeance and furious anger -- was in a similar position to … [Read more...]

Papa and Pop-Pop, Side-by-Side as Christians

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What a day it is! With the release of Lumen Fidei and the announcement of canonizations of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, today is all about continuity, cohesion and co-operation: the announced canonization of two modern popes; the release of an encyclical composed by two modern popes, "written with four hands" but with one heart; an unexpected moment when two modern popes sit side-by-side and ask our great angelic warrior, Saint Michael the Archangel, and the most humble of … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas from Books, Books, Books in the Mail!

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My husband pretty famously teases (and sometimes rants) about the number of books that arrive here and get placed into shaky "I'm going to read this as soon as I can!" piles all around my office. Normally when he grouses, I say, "oh, pshaw!" but the number of books that have arrived here over the past two weeks is rather astonishing, and to his credit, the dear man (who is better than I deserve) has only shaken his head in sadness, and moved along.But these are good books -- some for men, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Affirms there is “Dictatorship of Relativism”

We are still getting to know Pope Francis, studying his actions and his words as we try to gauge the man and what sort of papacy we might expect of him, where his stylistic differences with his predecessors end and the substantial differences (or similarities) kick in. I expect a couple of heads will explode upon reading this in his remarks, today, to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See:After the example of Francis of Assisi, the Church in every corner of the globe has always … [Read more...]

Lying about Francis to Spite Benedict – UPDATED

"Dear Lord, how come nobody ever gets offended by Anglican and Orthodox trappings?"Several days ago I read a Facebook post by a Deacon I respect (no, not Deacon Greg, although I of course, respect him!) and in his post this cleric rather disappointingly -- and, to my thinking, unwisely -- recounted a malicious little tale about our new pope, to the applause of others.He told the story approvingly, and was glad when it was greeted with applause among his flock; he seemed to have no sense … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Installation Liturgy like None We’ve Seen! – MORE! UPDATED!

Details are emerging of what to expect at tomorrow's papal installation. I don't have a link, yet, but here is what I'm seeing on Twitter, via Commonweal's Grant Gallicho:1) Rather than readings specific to a papal installation, the readings for the Solemnity of St. Joseph (which is tomorrow) will be used.That would be 2 Samuel 7:4-5a,12-14a,16, (the prophecy of Christ from the royal house of David) then Romans 4:13,16-18,22 ("Fatherhood of Abraham and righteousness of faith over law") … [Read more...]

“the usual efforts at Church reform are useless…”

The English writer and mystic Caryll Houselander is one of those people whose work I keep meaning to read, because every time I am exposed to even a little of her thinking, I'm intrigued and want more -- she always puts me a bit in mind of Heather King.At the Philanthropy Daily blog, Scott Walter serves up a dose of Houselander that packs a relevant wallop: Pope Francis’ election reminded me of a passage in Houselander's letters.She's writing to a Mr. St. George about [a man whose t … [Read more...]


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