Someone sent me the link to Fr. Robert Barron's video on "Heroic Priesthood." As expected, it has high production values; intriguing lighting; a pounding, heavy-on-the-percussion, heroic soundtrack; and lots of slow motion to emphasize the drama. Not a bad recruiting tool, especially for those young men who might like basketball, because the sport is used as the only metaphor for priesthood throughout the piece. (Full disclosure: I love basketball. I made teams and mostly sat the pine for five years from CYO through 10th grade.
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Faith and Justice: First strike: He is male. Any man who thinks he has something to say about women to women needs his head examined.
A Roman Observer: The Great Jubilee of 2000 was really not all that great. Pope Francis has a chance to make that right.
A Pew Research survey released Thursday finds the pope rates a 90 percent "very" or "mostly favorable" rating among U.S. Roman Catholics.
A cookbook featuring favorite dishes of the three most-recent popes and their elite military corps will be available this summer in English.
Buon Appetito, Swiss Guard was written by 24-year-old David Geisser, who had worked as a chef and published two popular cookbooks in his native Switzerland before joining the Swiss Guard nearly two years ago.
"Many people do not know about the Swiss Guard," said Geisser, whose commander conceived of the coffee-table-size book as a means to make the Guard better known.
The Francis Chronicles: The celebrant "must pray before God, with the community," in a genuine and natural way that avoids all forms of "artificiality," Pope Francis said.
Making a Difference: When we allow our heart to rest in God, we become a new creation. But this takes humility, honesty, much prayer and hard work.
The Vatican has made a shift toward acceptance of more progressive views of the changes of Vatican II and its emphasis on a church for the poor.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis has shown how revolutionary he can be by upsetting the unwritten rules that guided clerical careerists.
A commission of theologians has reportedly declared that Oscar Romero died as a martyr for the faith, a pivotal step toward sainthood.