Weekly Clippings: Sacred and Profane Edition

I know it has been about a month since I published anything original, but I promise that I am indeed working on some things.

Meanwhile, this week has had two relatively unknown news stories rise to the surface among Catholic writers.  One, a story of horror and death.  The other, a story of heroic courage and virtue. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Divided We Fall Edition

It’s been about a month since Pope-emertius Benedict XVI’s resignation became official, and now we are a couple of weeks into Pope Francis’s pontificate.  While there was a fair amount of sadness as Benedict left the chair of St. Peter followed by a great deal of joy with the election of Francis, there has also been a divisive undertone among many Catholics and members of the media trying to pit the Pope against the Pope-emertitus.  Personally, I wish it would stop, and from my reading this week, I see that I am not the only one. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Habemus Papam Franciscus Edition

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What a week it has been! It might only be time for Spring Training, but it is clear that the Holy Spirit’s curveball is in mid-season form. I think it is safe to say that no one saw the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis coming. Despite being the rumored “runner-up” in 2005, Bergoglio was a relative unknown to most, especially in the English speaking world. Even top Vatican insider John Allen, Jr., who some are saying predicted this, admits that all he had done was profile the Cardinal along with 21 others.

There were so many articles covering the news this week that it was nearly impossible to decide which ones to clip, but here are a few links for your weekend enjoyment. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Save the Date Edition

So the news we’ve been waiting for all week finally came yesterday, and the news is that we’ll have to wait a few more days.  The Vatican announced that the Conclave to elect the next Successor of St. Peter will begin on Tuesday, March 12th with the first vote coming late afternoon Rome time.  In the meantime, the mainstream media is still clamoring to create scandal out of this historic occasion.  While I’ve tried to take the whispers, innuendo, and flat-out rabble-rousing with a grain of salt, it has been difficult.  Based on my readings this week, it appears that I am not the only one that has struggled to avoid the annoyance. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Sede Vacante Edition

What an incredible week this has been.  The Chair of St. Peter is officially empty.  In an emotional day, the world watched as His Holiness Benedict XVI, pope-emeritus, was flown over the city of Rome to his temporary retirement home at Castel Gandolfo.  So as a rare papal retirement begins for Benedict, a Church waits as the next stage of our history unfolds.  Needless to say there was a lot to take in this week, and here a few items I found interesting. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: First Week of Lent Edition

Happy Lent everyone! Even with the Lenten Season in full swing, all that most Catholics are talking about is that we are less than a week from the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate. I cannot say that I am any different. This is such a somber, exciting, and somewhat anxious time to be Catholic. With that in mind, here are a few Internet musings that I found interesting this week. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Reactions, Predictions & Reflections Edition

What a wild week in the Catholic world. For most of us the shock of Pope Benedict’s announcement to step down has not subsided, but the reality of the situation is settling in our minds and hearts. With that, the reactions from around the world are starting to pour in. Continue reading →

Weekly Clippings: Special Shock Papal Resignation Edition

So, it’s been a bit of a historic day in the Catholic world with Pope Benedict XVI announcing his resignation effective at the end of this month.  I’d been planning to start a new weekly feature to this blog called “Weekly Clippings” that aggregates news from Catholic world.  There is no better to day to kick it off than today.  So, here we go! Continue reading →