“Si tacuisses philosophus mansisses”
“I have great faith in the Holy Spirit to move papal conclaves, but I would concede that I may be running ahead of the Spirit on this one.”
And thus E.J. Dionne Jr. is off and running.
Initially I was dumbfounded because I didn’t think anyone would actually seriously propose what I tossed off as a joke in my “first reactions&... More
Pope Benedict is resigning. Not the end of the world, nor the end of the Church.
If you find yourself saddened by this news remember: the Church is the bride of Jesus Christ, not the product of human enterprise. The Pope is Christ’s vicar, not successor. The pope is a caretaker and steward, not lord. Continue to love the Church and not any one man. Trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit̵... More
I mean seriously: that thing is just inappropriate. She must not know that vestments are supposed to match, not coordinate.
Apart from that, this video is made of awesome.*
* by “awesome” I clearly mean, “rarely do people volunteer such a testimony for why they ought not be taken seriously.”
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Morley Safer of CBS’ 60 Minutes spent some time talking with one of my favorite Catholics, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Dolan is a gregarious Irishman with a smile that doesn’t quit, a magnetism that holds your attention, an eloquence that instructs without overburdening, and honesty and fidelity that inspire.
My final semester in seminary began with a 5-day silent retreat wit... More
Examples of humility and legitimate public repentance do present themselves often enough. Partly because our culture of the sensual-erotic and sensationalistic wishes us to look at Lady Gaga more than Mother Theresa. Partly also by definition: it cuts against what it means to be humble to promote one’s own self-humbling.
Are those vessels glass and clay?! Good thing it's just bread and ... More