Category Archives: Vatican

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

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 [...]

How to Send a Christmas Card to Pope Francis

Yes, you can send a Christmas card to the Pope! I know, it’s not exactly earth-shattering news, but most people (e.g. me, five minutes ago) have never considered the possibility that they can send personal mail directly to the successor of St. Peter. And this time of year, what better way to exercise your newly [...]

Hear Pope Francis Speaking English

Via Rocco de Palma: For all the waves the 266th Bishop of Rome has made across the Anglophone world these last seven months, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that all of it’s happened without Papa Bergoglio speaking a single word in English. Late last week, that changed when Pope Francis delivered a video message [...]

Pope Francis’ Plain-Talk Catechism

Rome priest Father John Wauck told some Benedictine College students the other day that when Pope Francis repeats lessons from the Catechism in everyday language, the world is surprised by what amount to basic Church teachings. Pope Francis made the same point in his interview with America: “During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro [...]

Cardinal Burke: Pelosi Should be Denied Communion

We hear lots of talk about the importance of “dialogue”, and truly the ability to find common ground and converse with those who do not share our Catholic Faith is the basis of evangelization. But Our Lord also commanded His disciples to shake the dust from their feet when they encountered a people who would [...]

NFL Star Passes to Pope Francis

Philip Rivers is the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. But you probably knew that. He’s also Catholic. You might have known about that. (It’s not a secret.) What you probably didn’t know about, unless you read the L.A. Times, is this charming little episode involving Pope Francis and the youngest of Rivers’ six kids. The [...]


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