Book Review: Catholic Women Break Their Silence

Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table Catholic Women Speak Network New York: Paulist Press, 2015 At this moment Church leaders are gathering in Rome for the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place from October 4-25, 2015. Building on the themes of last year’s meeting, this [Read More…]

Notes from My Trip to Europe, Part 1

I recently returned from a trip to Europe – Italy, Swizerland and France. I’ll be posting a series of posts about what I saw there. Rome, the Eternal City, has me bewitched. Our first full day there, we awoke early and started at St. Peter’s Square, basically getting the lay of the land before we [Read More…]

A Day of Fasting and Prayer

The pope’s Sunday Angelus message this week contained an important announcement: the proclamation of Saturday, September 7 as “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world.” Here is his message in full, courtesy of Vatican Radio: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Hello! Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish [Read More…]

Bishops Divorced from their Sees

Resolved:  except in unusual circumstances, a bishop should remain wedded to his See and not be promoted from diocese to (more important) diocese.   One exception would be to allow a bishop to be appointed archbishop and metropolitan of the archdiocese his diocese is associated with. Sandro Magister in his blog wrote that Pope Francis has [Read More…]

Soteriology Sensationalized

The pope has spoken – and people act like it’s never been said before. Pope Francis’ May 22 homily, in which he touched on the redemption of atheists, is still generating buzz.  This is due at least as much to a number of virally spreading misquotations as it is to what the Holy Father actually said.  Now, [Read More…]

Pope Francis and the Gang of Eight

A recent episode of Salt + Light Television’s Vatican Connections offers a refreshingly balanced and informative report on Pope Francis’ recent creation of an advisory panel consisting of eight cardinals from around the world to advise him on church governance and particularly curial reform. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miNZOUKsWQE&list=PLgoAlsvvzIyWC8HqiqlqdSnRowhIZViib&feature=player_embedded#!]   One easily overlooked point given mention here is that [Read More…]

Pope Francis on Power as Service

I’ve been quickly becoming smitten with our new Holy Father, despite (like most everyone, it seems) not having given him much consideration before he was elected.  The homily he gave at his inaugural Mass sealed my positive impression.  First, in recognition of the feast of St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, he expounded beautifully on [Read More…]

Cardinal Virtues

With the cardinals assembled in Rome and the papal conclave set to begin tomorrow, my corner of the Catholic world, populated as it is by fellow ecclesial nerds, is all abuzz.  The shock waves caused by Benedict’s startling resignation seem to have built up to a sense of nervous excitement as we watch the cardinals themselves attempt to get [Read More…]

More Catholic, Less Roman?

Today Pope Benedict is officially elevating six bishops from around the world to the role of cardinal.  When he named the last set back in January, I reflected on concerns that the high ratio of Europeans (especially Italians) to those from other parts of the world appeared to reflect more Romanitas than catholicity.  This time, [Read More…]