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


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 →

Conclave 2013: How are you following it?

View from the top of St. Peter's BasilicaOur Sunday Visitor has released a detailed schedule of how the papal conclave should happen.  If you are like me, you see that schedule and are probably wondering how you are going to get your work done at the office this week while trying to follow one of the biggest moments in Catholic history.  Unless you work at an office that allows for constant TV monitoring, you will certainly, like me, have to rely on the Internet to keep you up to date.  If that is the case, how are you planning on doing it?  What kind of resources will you be using?  I don’t know any secrets, but I’ve listed some of my resources below. 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 →