I’ve been meaning for some time to address the question of nuclear weapons and the social teaching of the Church. I’ve wanted to because…well… I don’t believe I have enough stress in my life, and taking up complicated moral issues and addressing them in a readable format and in 1000 words or less is just the kind of stress I like. Read More
I would like to nominate the Solemnity of Christ the King as the world day of recognition for the social doctrine of the Church. Currently, I believe, it is generally considered that the World Day of Peace, the day on which the Holy Father gives an address to the world, is the… shall we say… social-justicey day of the year. But to that I just have to ask how there can possibly be any peace without Christ reigning in our hearts.
There is a story that I heard a couple of days ago that I find just so thrillingly wonderful I had to share. This story about Mother Teresa and the Communist Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua comes from this phenomenal clip from Kris McGregor of DiscerningHearts.com. Kris is a dear friend and is doing amazing work for the Church through her audio treasury. Read More
Some readers may have heard of the passing of Deacon Robert Jergovic, a Deacon of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Apparently, Deacon Greg Kandra shared the prayer request for Rob on his blog The Deacon’s Bench and has since then reported that the request has received more responses and activity than any other. The original post received over 400 facebook likes. As he noted, this is a testament to the man that Deacon Rob was. Read More
Since I’ve come back from vacation, I’ve been asked several times to comment on the recent statement “from the Vatican” that caused such an uproar a couple weeks ago. This was the note from October 24th that said there should be one global financial power, one central world-bank, etc. etc.
The commentary that followed ranged from, “Has the pope lost his mind?” to “It wasn’t really the pope so we can ignore it.” I looked up the document in question and even read some of the Italian from the press conference at which it was presented. I came to both of them with the prejudice that, most likely, everyone was overreacting. I presumed that once I read it I would discover a balanced document that had been taken out of context.
What I found…well, was disappointing. Read More
November 3rd offers a number of tantalizing stories of saints. From St. Winifred who lost her head to the evil Caradoc for the sake of chastity and who is memorialized by Gerard Manley Hopkins’ beautiful poem about the death of this English virgin; to St. Malachy, whose Irish name reads Mael Maedoc Ua Morgair. Say that three-times fast. He was so stellar a saint, apparently, that St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote a biography of the man. There are also the so-called prophecies of St. Malachy about the popes to the end of the world, which were not written by him. But today we also celebrate the feast of one of the humblest of saints, St. Martin de Porres. Read More