Monthly Archives: August 2013

Papal selfie

In another precedent-shattering moment for Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, successor of St. Peter and the head of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has taken what may be the first papal selfie. The pontiff posed for … Continue reading

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Sanctity Unchained

Although this article was written tongue-in-cheek, I have to admit it demonstrates marvelously just how wide Mother Church’s arms are, how colorful her imagination is and how untamed holiness can be — I love it! Sex and violence. Victory and … Continue reading

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Bottum flips on same-sex so-called marriage: response

After the lengthy train-wreck of an article on same-sex marriage by the one-time chief Editor of First Things, Joseph Bottum (see here), a torrent of tickled delight and withering criticism has followed. Here’s an even-handed response by Phil Lawler that’s … Continue reading

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The Real Bergoglio, by Raymond A. Schroth

At last a book has put both Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., and Pope Francis in context, and explained the mystery of this man who seems to have come from nowhere to lead the Catholic Church at a critical time. I … Continue reading

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Papal telephone etiquette, by John L. Allen Jr.

Francis has already garnered a slew of informal titles, such as “the pope of surprises,” “the pope of the poor,” and “the people’s pope.” Given his growing penchant for phoning total strangers out of the blue, however, he may earn … Continue reading

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Courage to Christianize Feminism

BY SIMCHA FISHER Thursday, August 22, 2013 Wondering why we need a theology of women in the Church?  Look no further than the comments after Pia de Solenni’s article, ‘Theology of Women in the Church’ Only Beginning to Be Revealed. De Solenni … Continue reading

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More Coptic Egyptian tragedy

No one knows exactly when the Virgin Mary Church was built, but the fourth and fifth centuries are both possible options. In both cases, it was the time of the Byzantines. Egypt’s Coptic Church—to which this church in modern-day Delga … Continue reading

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