A Poem and a Prayer as a Pontiff Retires


Today’s gospel reading is a fitting reminder that the Christian model of leadership is not of this earth. Of course, Our Redeemer, who had also said “before Abraham was, I Am,” was of heaven. Thus Jesus tells the disciples, [Read more...]

Father Robert Barron with a Few Words on the Priesthood

Heh! Neither is Joe Six-Pack. [Read more...]

Your Blogger is on the Wrong Side of Public Opinion, Just Like G.K. Chesterton

Just an F.Y.I. Good news, though. The Church is on the right side of history. She always has been, and always will be. Of course, that is because the Church is like Noah’s Ark, and therefore constructed to ensure our salvation. [Read more...]

The Media Conclave Has Begun With the Hope for a Nun

A female pope? The dream lives on…

E.J. Dionne holds forth on who the best man for the job of Pope will be, and why. 

In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. [Read more...]

Papa Tells a Story: “The Council As I Saw It” and Beware the Hermeneutic of Politics

One of my favorite photographs…

At five times longer than your average blog post, the article from Vatican Radio published yesterday is well worth the read. I was going to blow it off though, even before I realized how long it was. That is, until the following words of our soon to be cloistered Pope emeritus lured me in, [Read more...]

Here’s a Heads Up for St. Valentine’s Day…

Learn more about St. Valentine, and how he lost his head, over at Catholic Online. And have a look at this educational little video that tours Rome and the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where the reliquary seen above is located. [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert vs. Garry Wills on the Real Presence: Guess Who Carried the Day? UPDATED

Hasn’t won a Pulitzer, but he has his moments.

I caught Stephen Colbert interviewing Pulitzer prize winning author Garry Wills when the following clip was posted by Rod Dreher of The American Conservative. I found it to be amazing not just because Wills seems to be outfoxed by the court jester who can quote the Letter to the Hebrews with the best of them, but because of Wills’ assertion that St. Augustine didn’t believe in the Real Presence.

Roll clip, [Read more...]

Fr. Pontifex, With a Few Words On Lent…

Well done, as always. [Read more...]

Biography of St. Francis Xavier Shows Up In New York Public Library 55 Years Past Due

Way up on the northern side of the borough of Manhattan, in the town of Washington Heights, New York, the librarians in the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library received a surprise 55 years in the making. [Read more...]

Interesting Stuff I Found While Reading the New HHS Mandate Rules

Evening folks. Sorry I haven’t posted anything until now, but I’ve been reading the 80 pages of proposed rules regarding the HHS Mandate. I didn’t really want to, because it’s not exactly Joe Six-Packs’ idea of a “good time.” But seeings how I’ve seen all kinds of reactions to the new proposals, some positive, and some negative, I figured I’d do what the USCCB recommended and read the whole thing.

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