Monthly Archives: February 2013

And I Have a Dedication for Hans Küng…

  And his dreamy, utopian vision of a Church prostituted to the whims and caprices of public opinion. Sing it, Steve. Advertisements

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As Pope Benedict Flew Away, A Song Popped Into My Head…

I couldn’t help it.  So I’ll share the earworm with you too, with a little help from the Ray Conniff Singers…

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A Poem and a Prayer as a Pontiff Retires

Today’s gospel reading is a fitting reminder that the Christian model of leadership is not of this earth. Of course, Our Redeemer, who had also said “before Abraham was, I Am,” was of heaven. Thus Jesus tells the disciples,

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Smallville Sends a Cardinal Off to the Conclave UPDATED

Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, took wing today from the airport in Knoxville, Tennessee to gather with his peers in Rome for the conclave.

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The Papal Twitter Account Will Close? PSYCH!

News like this always makes me go, “Huh?” What part of the simple procedure to hand off the Twitter account to a successor am I missing here? Turns out, this “news” is more akin to an “off sides,” or a … Continue reading

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Ennio Morricone Never Won an Oscar Outright…

But he should have. Right, right, the Academy recognized him with an honorary Oscar in 2007 for “his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” But seriously?

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Father Robert Barron with a Few Words on the Priesthood

Heh! Neither is Joe Six-Pack.

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For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies II: The Mission

Last week, Ben Hur was epic, but it had its saccharine sweet, melodramatic moments. Whenever Judah Ben-Hur encountered the Christ, his world stopped, and started. This week, the world gets tangled, troubled, and we’re left wondering about how the will … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Title After Retirement Revealed…

The speculation is over.

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German Bishops: Emergency Contraception in Case of Rape is Licit if the Pill Doesn’t Induce Abortion UPDATED

As best as I can make out between two years of high school German and Google Translate, the bishops in Germany basically said that this decision was made in consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical … Continue reading

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