Category Archives: Vatican

Reagan, John Paul II, and the Popemobile That Never Was

If you happen to be visiting the Southern California area, head to Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles, home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Situated on a hilltop with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside (yes, there still is countryside in the Southland), it’s an interactive walk through Reagan’s personal, professional and [...]

Feeling Devastated by What Pope Francis Says? Try These 3 Helpful Keys.

I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane. The reactions have [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christmas, Twitter and a Really Big Bunny

Astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson was recently at the center of a Twitter spat, and I asked a question that sparked a response concerning it. Boy, did it ever. But first, some background: On Christmas Day, Tyson — who was also the host of Fox’s 2014 version of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos,” called “Cosmos: A [...]

Manifest Lessons

January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has [...]

Patti Smith at the Vatican – A Thrill of Hope

A few of my friends on social media have groused this Advent about punk rock pioneer Patti Smith’s being invited to sing at the Vatican for Christmas. I can understand why they think it’s not fitting, but that ship has sailed. She already performed there – last year.  And I think she did a beautiful [...]

The Pope Didn’t Exile Cardinal Burke. The Pope Gave Him An Army. [Photos]

I wish someone would exile me the way Pope Francis exiled Cardinal Burke. When I think of exile or banishment, I think of tiny islands. Where friends are few and far between. The Associated Press described Cardinal Burke’s new position as “largely ceremonial” and said the Knights of Malta are a “charity” who provide “residences [...]

The Vatican Museums 3D: The Church Honors God by Honoring Man

We live in a time of paradox, when those who refuse to acknowledge God also show scant respect for man. Those who call themselves secular humanists are in cold fact subhumanists, who “accept without reflection theories of human life that reduce us to brainy animals, or let us play at being gods,” as I wrote [...]

What Do You Find In A Swiss Guard’s Cookbook?

This may be the most useful publication to come out of the Vatican in the last two weeks. David Geisser, a member of the Vatican’s famous Swiss Guards, has released a cookbook called “Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard.” This is not a joke. The cookbook contains some of the favorite recipes of current and past pontiffs.  [...]

At Synod14, the Pope Has the Last Word

      The just-concluded Synod on the Family at the Vatican has proven to be as contentious and fraught with drama as any large family gathering, complete with squabbles, loose talk and finger-pointing (mostly from the Synod’s chattiest and most self-aggrandizing attendee, Germany’s Cardinal Kasper) not to mention questionable reporting, some sensible opining and a [...]


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