Scott Hahn on Il Papa’s Decision, and Other Thoughts on the Papacy, Hiding in Plain Sight

The burden of the valley of vision.

These seven words strung together, in a nice, taut sentence, is how the 22nd chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah starts off. Isaiah was given the gift of prophecy, and what a double-edged sword that gift must be. Truly, a heavy burden, to be gifted with such visions as God inspired him with and then commanded him to share them with His people.

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If You Love Pope Benedict XVI, Set Him Free

And so we woke up this morning to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his post as Captain of the Barque of Saint Peter. The best reaction I’ve seen so far comes from Fr. James Martin, SJ, [Read more...]

Cardinal George on the Law and Politics of the HHS Mandate

 

H/T to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana, a brief interview with Cardinal George posted by CNS over on YouTube. Take a look, [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez Makes the Call, Removes Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Curry From the Game UPDATED

With an H/T to my blog neighbor Joanne McPortland, here is the press release from Archbishop Gomez, wherein he removed Cardinal Roger Mahony from all “administrative or public duties,” and his statement on receiving the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry.  [Read more...]

L.A. County District Attorney Reviewing Documents Released by Archdiocese of Los Angeles UPDATED

In a follow up to the Los Angeles Times report that hit the wires yesterday, this hit the wires a few hours ago from the Daily News,

Los Angeles County prosecutors said today they will begin reviewing internal documents released by the Los Angeles Archdiocese which show that retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church leaders maneuvered to protect priests accused of child molestation from law enforcement. [Read more...]

Fr. Jenkins of Notre Dame to Lead 700 Faculty and Students to the March for Life

Fr. Jenkins at the March for Life in 2010.

A week ago, I shared an op-ed piece written by Fr. John Jenkins, CSC. Fr. Jenkins is the President of the University of Notre Dame. Today, the Cardinal Newman Society reports that he will be attending the upcoming March for Life with approximately 700 students and faculty from South Bend. Details below, [Read more...]

Hundreds of Thousands Protest In France over Same-Sex Marriage Proposals UPDATED

 

Andrew Cusack has the best coverage I’ve seen on this protest.

France Marches for Marriage
Led by a provocative comedian, a gay atheist, and a socialist teacher, protest against same-sex marriage draws one million [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan’s Own “State of the State” Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York

He sent it under the letterhead of the New York State Catholic Conference. The occasion? The Governor just delivered his State of the State address today, as did other governors.

The Cardinal took the opportunity to both praise Governor Cuomo for what he is doing that benefits the common good of society, while chastising him for what he is failing to do to protect its most vulnerable members. It is an even-handed approach that many of us should take when writing a letter to our elected representatives.

Here is the letter in full. [Read more...]

A Prayer About Fatherhood Answered Through the Veil of a Homework Assignment

Once upon a time, I wrote a letter to St. Joseph. His feast day rolled around, and I was writing him because as a father, I was feeling a bit like Sisyphus. You know, the king the gods punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever.

Being a father is like that sometimes, isn’t it? In my note to St. Joseph I made an observation, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan on the O’Reilly Factor’s “No Spin Zone” and an Idea to Get Him on Comedy Central Too.

Rocco Palmo scooped this up first, naturally, and it’s fantastic.


Wasn’t that awesome? Bravo Zulu.

But while Rocco waxes euphoric about our favorite USCCB quarterback getting seen by over 3 million (mostly conservative) viewers on Bill O’Reilly’s show, I’m thinking His Excellency should take his show on the road, and head over to Comedy Central and pick up the other viewers too. He should make appearances where the rest of the viewers, including liberals and independents, are: [Read more...]


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