Monthly Archives: March 2013

Debunking Myths about Pope Francis

I have obviously been as dupe as anyone else. Debunking three ‘urban legends’ about Pope Francis seems credible. It seemed unbelievable that he would be so cruel to his predecessor as to say “the carnival is over” when he declined … Continue reading

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Noble Simplicity and Beauty

I feel inclined to offer a few reflections on the beauty of the liturgy. I’m far from being the first, as I do little more than resume a theme of Benedict XVI: The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes … Continue reading

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Saturation of Suffering

It is Holy Week and we celebrate the Transitus Domini, the Paschal Mystery of our Redemption. This awesome Mystery is seen both from a “high” and theological / liturgical point of view and from the human angle. The other point … Continue reading

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Patriarchy and Patrimony

There is an interesting thread on the Anglican Diaspora forum – Patriarchy and Patrimony. Join the forum if you want to add anything. The subject is about episcopal oversight of clergy and Christian communities in extraordinary situations. The Roman Catholic … Continue reading

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Very Moving

There are some photos of the meeting between Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on The two popes. The video is particularly moving. Benedict XVI has become so frail! When I see this kind of humanity and warmth, then … Continue reading

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Holy Week 2013

I would be extremely surprised if any of you readers would be coming to my chapel hundreds or thousands of miles from your homes. My services will be of an extreme simplicity, and you are welcome to be with us … Continue reading

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Francis not breaking away from Benedict

This is interesting: Letter #56: Holding to Benedict by Robert Moynihan. But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, … Continue reading

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Gooseneck

Another search term that came up was model ship mast and boom connection. I know little about making model ships, but on a yacht or a dinghy, the boom is connected to the mast by means of a gooseneck that … Continue reading

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Writing on the Wall

Pope, Bishops, Curia. The Reforms That Are Coming by Sandro Magister What seems to be transpiring is a “council of the crown” around the Pope, with cardinals from the five continents. Names? Timothy Dolan of New York, Odilo Scherer of São … Continue reading

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Back to the 1970’s?

The traditionalist blogs are fretting about the possibility of the Roman Catholic Church going back to the 1970’s, airbrushing not only Benedict XVI but also John Paul II. The idea is sobering, but it depends on our idea of the … Continue reading

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