Category Archives: American Papist

Pope Francis and the Chaput Shocker

Barely two months ago the ecclesiastical news circuit was rocked with the revelation that Pope Francis had decided not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops. The New York Times, NPR, NBC and a host of other secular and Catholic news outlets went berserk, seeing in Pope Francis’ decision the promise of [...]

Memo to the Vatican: Save the Doves!

As if we needed any more proof that it’s time to end the silly practice of releasing doves as a symbol of promoting peace, two more poor birds were subjected to a violent assault this weekend in St. Peter’s Square. The event terrified and needlessly traumatized thousands of innocent children who witnessed it take place. [...]

PPOTD: Call for Captions!

This photo taken by Paul Haring of CNS is just begging for funny captions: You know the drill — submit your funny caption in the comments below and then rate the captions left by other papists! Today is also the six month anniversary of my accident. You can read about my exciting rehab progress and [...]

The Choice 2014 [Updated]

Catholics face an important choice in 2014 and in the years ahead. Some of the comments and reactions to my post earlier this week on Pope Francis’s decision not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops revealed a disturbing trend to me, namely, the extent to which many Catholics have adopted an apprehensive [...]

Reality check: Burke’s star will shine on

The knives are out for Cardinal Burke this morning. He’s on the next plane out of Rome after Pope Francis sacked him and summarily ended all of his duties this morning. Oh wait, that’s not what happened. Actually, Pope Francis simply chose not to renew his membership on the Congregation for Bishops, the body that [...]

Be a Part of History: Stand with Thomas Peters

Three months ago I wrote a post on Catholic Vote called “I Stand with Thomas Peters, do you?” and I’m thrilled to say that much has changed since that last post. But, one thing has stayed the same – I still stand with Thomas Peters. And now, I’d like to ask you to, as well. [...]

Reflections On My Time Away

 [Editor Note: The CV family continues to pray for the speedy recovery of Thomas Peters.  We know that Thomas and Natalie are both grateful for all of your prayers, love, and support.  While Thomas' condition continues to improve, he is not expected to return to CV as a regular contributor immediately.  The following post was [...]

I stand with Thomas Peters. Do you?

As you may know, on July 16th Thomas was in a horrible swimming accident, which left him in critical condition. Since then, he has been stabilized (praise God!) and continues to make his way down the path to recovery. It has not been an easy road and the journey ahead will be long and strenuous, [...]

Video: Obama Calls for an End to Catholic Schools

Earlier this week in Northern Ireland, Notre Dame honorary-degree holder President Obama called for an end to Catholic schools, in front of an audience of about 2,000 young people — many of them Catholic: This was part of his official prepared remarks which are now available on the White House website: “…Because issues like segregated [...]


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