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Tag: Pope

Two Charcoal Fires

May 17, AD 2018 0 Comments
Two Charcoal Fires

There are only two charcoal fires (Greek: anthrakia) mentioned in the whole Bible, and they are both in the Gospel of John. The first anthrakia mentioned was in the high priest’s courtyard, where the gatekeeper said to Peter, “You are not one of this man’s disciples are you?” and Peter says, “I am not.” Questioned […]

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Pope Francis Makes Me Uncomfortable

September 15, AD 2015 26 Comments
Pope Francis Makes Me Uncomfortable

I have a confession to make. Well, if you read the title of this post, you already know, but here it is again: Pope Francis makes me uncomfortable. I know that as a Catholic I am probably not supposed to say that (or feel that way), but it’s true. Ever since he was elected Pope, […]

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Reflections from the Crowds

January 16, AD 2015 2 Comments
Reflections from the Crowds

I volunteered to be part of the “human barricade” in one of the scheduled events during the current papal visit to my country. Our job was to stand behind the row of policemen along the route the Pope would take to the Meeting with Families – partly to prevent the crowd from breaking into the […]

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Re-Stating the Narrative

January 14, AD 2014 0 Comments
Re-Stating the Narrative

As if there weren’t enough articles, blogs, books, interviews, and every other form of print and media already out there about Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI, here is another one. I’m not sure if this will be new or different or change your point of view, but I know that it will help me […]

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Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

December 5, AD 2013 6 Comments
Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

Charlie gave Linus the pop quiz: what is Christmas all about? Of course, Linus proclaims the birth of Christ (was Linus named after the second Pope?) Today it would have looked more like this: The modern Catholic, and most Christians for that matter, has many fronts to defend, one of them being the so-called “pagan roots.” […]

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Minding the Monarchical Church

November 12, AD 2013 7 Comments
Minding the Monarchical Church

The Church functions within a monarchical structure – this is important to remember. In addition to this, though, Her system applies to operations in the political realm. There is indeed a necessary temporal aspect to the Church. The Pope, essentially, operates as a monarch. He may choose to convoke councils and synods, which act as […]

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The Church Should Rule the World

June 22, AD 2013 17 Comments
The Church Should Rule the World

Never mind “the Galileo controversy” (a good response to that is here, by the way). The Church should rule the world. One of the things that I have noticed that Catholics seem to be very wary of discussing is the history of the temporal power of the Church. Most of us have heard or read […]

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Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

April 21, AD 2013 0 Comments
Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

Pope Francis, on the first full day of his papacy, prayed at the tomb of Pope St. Pius V. I do not think that was coincidental. In fact, I believe that His Holiness intends to be remembered as most similar to Pius V. There are five ways in which I see this is already evident: […]

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Why We Cry For The Pope

November 19, AD 2012 7 Comments
Why We Cry For The Pope

(among other things) To our dear separated brothers and sisters, nothing comes across as more counterintuitive to the Christian religion than the Pope. The great german theologian, Karl Adam, gestured at this notion — that the Pope is the real hanging chad of ecumenical dialog — at the end of his diamond-of-a-book, The Roots of the Reformation. He is […]

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Why I’m Glad the Pope is ‘Just a Man’

December 26, AD 2011 19 Comments
Why I’m Glad the Pope is ‘Just a Man’

“You actually follow the Pope?!” people have asked me, sure that this is just as silly as believing in fairies. “He’s just a man like you and me! What are you brainwashed?” For many years, I wondered the same thing about Catholics. Before I entered the Church I questioned why so many people were devoted […]

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Don’t You Love Blessed John Paul II? I Do!

August 25, AD 2011 2 Comments
Don’t You Love Blessed John Paul II? I Do!

I am happy to know a Pope who is youthful at heart, who so lived the Catholic Faith “as is.” I’m so excited to be discovering and re-discovering more and more gems from this saintly Pope of  the Catholic Church in modern time. A Pope who knew what to say and how to say it. […]

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Spes et Mutatio

August 16, AD 2011 1 Comment
Spes et Mutatio

Some of our contributors are off in the wilds of Spain this week, taking part in World Youth Day.  We heard from Trista on Monday, and Marc is posting (with video) all through the week at Bad Catholic.  It’s great fun, as a stay-at-home-pilgrim, to watch the joy and excitement of those lucky young people […]

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