Ruby Red Slippers, The Story of The Popes Shoes…

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... They are not a fashion statement. And no, they're not Prada either. What have I said repeatedly about the Church... everything is done for a reason. In 2007 Esquire, being secular stupid, dubbed Pope Benedict "Accessorizer of The Year" for his ruby red slippers, thinking them just another fashionable style signature - like a tie clip or pocket square. As if.So what's the real story behind the shoes that have inspired so much curiosity?They are not Prada. The papal shoemaker … [Read more...]

Out of Sight But Not Out Of Mind – removing pictures of Benedict…

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... You would think I would learn. Learn and trust. What's one of the cardinal rules of the Catholic Church... everything has a reason. Look at the liturgy. One who doesn't know better sees meaningless ritual. But each action is seeped in meaning and, of course, serves a purpose. It has a reason. The Church doesn't just do things for the sake of doing them.So when I started seeing pictures of Pope Benedict coming down from the walls the minute he left the protection of the Swiss Guard I … [Read more...]

There’s really nothing more to say…

The North American College waves goodbye to Pope Benedict XVI as he flies to Castel Gandalfo.... Just watching coverage on EWTN.I have no commentary to add. Besides I think we could do with a lot less talking and a little more praying. … [Read more...]

When A Pope Resigning Is A Good Thing…

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... I remember the passing of Bl. John Paul II. The media coverage put a glaring spotlight on the Catholic Church; a positive spot light for once. People of all religions were united in their grief for JPII's death. The Church received a larger than normal number of new members into Her fold that year after the funeral. At my parish alone, we had people lined up at the doors to join RCIA. Curiosity drove them there because of the supportive out pouring and positive attention Catholics received. … [Read more...]

The Pope resigns. I think I’ll have a temper tantrum instead…

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... What? The pope is resigning?! Aside from feeling like a kid whose dad just walked out on them... no, that's it. That pretty much accurately sums up my initial reaction. A feeling of shock followed by a tremendous sense of loss and abandonment. Then when I tried explaining the news to my son he just said "I thought you couldn't quit being a Pope. Aren't things like that, those promises you make, supposed to be forever?" Ah, yes. Vows.So over dinner we talked about retiring, we talked … [Read more...]

Today is Swiss Guard Day…

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... To celebrate I intend to stalk them on Facebook. Or maybe I'll just make a "Can't hug all the Swiss Guards" video instead.More: Los guardias suizos del Papa estrenan web, fan page en Facebook y canal en YouTube; Pope to Swiss Guards- The Secret of Your Work in the Vatican is Constant Reference to Christ; Pope Meets With Swiss Guard. … [Read more...]

potpourri of Popery…

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I think this one is making the sidebar gallery. … [Read more...]

Potpourri of Popery…

Pope Benedict XVI holds a reliquary given as a gift by a priest during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, November 2, 2011

... Pope Benedict XVI holds a reliquary given as a gift to him from a priest during his November 2nd general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.Photo attribution: (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Nov. 2, 2011) © 2011 Catholic News Service … [Read more...]

potpourri of Popery…

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