Do Catholics Overvalue Pomp and Ceremonials?

sealing papal apartments

Here we see the Camerlengo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sealing the papal apartments, because we currently have no pope.I saw someone on twitter comment that the sealing -- with the wax, as is traditional -- was all part and parcel of our church's "medieval" mindset, and it annoyed me, because it is a kneejerk (and false) bit of approved grousing, put on for show; or because the commenter is too lazy to actually think but wants to play to an audience (the curse of social media, to which we … [Read more...]

Talking Benedict, Sede Vacante and Conclave on the Radio


If you're able to listen, either on the radio or streaming on your computer, there will be what Mark Shea calls a "gaggle" of Patheos bloggers participating in a "roundtable" discussion of the day, from the Pope's final words to his empty seat to the conclave and our thoughts on it, such as they are.We'll be together on A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas at from 6-7 PM Eastern as she hosts Shea, Father Michael Duffy (yes, I know, he needs to write more) Kathy Schiffer, Tom McDonald … [Read more...]