Category Archives: Pope Benedict

Papal Visit 2015: Where Do You Stand on the Chair?

Where do you stand on the chair? James Thomas More Griffin, at his blog and on his Facebook page, posted a picture that went viral: It showed two popes’ chairs. One was built for Pope John Paul II’s visit to New York by a master carver. The other is a plain oak chair built for […]

Papal Apartments: 3 Popes’ Humble Homes

The Pope’s visit to his native South America got me thinking. I suppose it is as much a commentary on the difference between the American Dream and European expectations as anything else, but you can’t help but notice that the last three popes come from very humble beginnings. Next time someone complains about the wealth […]

Signs of Hope: The Benedict Bishop Bump

One of the memes currently circulating is that Pope Francis is in the midst of radically changing the American episcopate in a leftward, “progressive” direction. And whether or not you like using terms like “progressive” and “orthodox”, the media and some figures in the church are eager to claim that big change is happening. The […]

What Catholics Can Learn From Super Bowl XLIX

Maybe it’s because my Connecticut sons are big Patriots fans. Maybe it’s because I was alone with my iPhone at video shoots all day yesterday. But the fascinating end of Super Bowl XLIX  (yes, that is this year’s) has been much on my mind. It seems there are lessons that Catholics can learn from how […]

Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech, Faith, and Reason

A famous Frenchman once said, “It is dangerous to be right when men of power are wrong.” This is why free speech matters. Even though Charlie Hebdo published little more than puerile smut, they have the right to be wrong so that others can have the freedom to be right. This freedom to be wrong […]



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