Yes, Pope Francis said that all are ‘redeemed’. But is that news to anyone?
There is nothing strange about saying that the sacrificial death of Jesus redeemed all of humanity and all of creation. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI made similar remarks, wrestling with the purpose of the Court of the Gentiles in the ancient Jerusalem temple. So, let’s repeat the theological “nut ‘graph” in this journalism class.
Ten marks of a good school...
In the last nine years, our family has tried five different types of elementary school: home school, private school, parochial school, public school. and charter school. We're extremely lucky to have found one that works very well for us, and it's hard to imagine switching for any reason other than, say...
The Book of Genesis is true, and the universe is 13.8 billion years old. There is no contradiction here...
Wouldn't it be great if scientists invented a device that enabled us to have a clear window into the past--so that we wouldn't just have to read about the past in books? Instead, with the new device--let's call it a Time Window--we could actually see events occurring in the past in real time, with our own eyes? That would be wicked awesome, wouldn't it?
Did Pope Francis really preach salvation by works, and that all men will be saved?
The Huffington Post has a screaming headline, Pope Francis says Atheists Who do Good are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics. Vatican Radio reports on the homily here. In a homily at daily Mass in the chapel of the Saint Martha hostel, Pope Francis spoke on the principle that “doing good” is a principle that unites all of humanity.
The argument today isn’t about assimilation. The argument today is about who “gets” America...
With his new book, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, mild-mannered Russell Shaw has become the bull in the china shop of U.S. Catholic history, knocking heroes off pedestals and overturning conventional story-lines—all in aid of trying to understand why the Church in America is in a preca...
I was in legislative session at the Oklahoma state capitol when the sirens went off...
We were in legislative session when the sirens went off. For the first time that day, the room fell silent. It was the kind of bottom-dropping out, free-fall silence that occurs when people face their omnipresent dread. Tornadoes are an omnipresent dread in Oklahoma. Their unpredictability...
"Who are we before God? What are our challenges?" Francis meets the Italian bishops...
At the close of the Italian bishops' plenary this week in Rome, the home-bench – led by its primate, the Pope – gathered in St Peter's tonight to make a communal Profession of Faith as part of the ongoing Year of Faith. The event marked Francis' first full encounter with the powerful Italian conference, known as the CEI.
The media coverage of Pope Francis’ "exorcism" isn't journalism. It's just embarrassing...
It’s kind of charming that all popes have to deal with bad media coverage and global press frenzies. This week we’ve seen some awful media coverage of Pope Francis, including coverage of his blessing of a man after Mass on Sunday. Part of the blame must go to the Italian press, which really went crazy with the story in a way that might not be prudent.
Apologetics is not a telephone game...
There once was a minister who noticed that his little boy and the neighbor kids had decided to put together a funeral for a dead bird they had found. Being the Preacher's Kid, the minister's son was deputed to lead the services. Standing before the tiny grave, shoebox casket waiting to be laid into the ground...
The surprising identity cards of the last two popes...
With a delay of two months with respect to the traditional timetable, the 2013 edition has finally been published of the Annuario Pontificio, the voluminous publication that constitutes a sort of who's who of the Holy See and of the whole Catholic Church, at least in its hierarchical component.
The Liturgy of the Hours for the rest of us...
If you're like any number of Catholics, you've heard of the breviary, the Divine Office, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Maybe you've tried your hand at an Hour or two. Maybe you've even succeeded. But maybe, like many of our fellow Catholics, you've failed and given up...
Did Pope Francis really say that all atheists are redeemed?
Yesterday, the Internet buzzed about some recent remarks from Pope Francis. A headline at Huffington Post read: "Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics". A similar Reddit article became yesterday's second most-shared piece. But was the headline right? Did the Pope really suggest that all atheists are redeemed?
The fable of Can and Could...
This story won’t be new to anyone who has read the 1890 elementary textbook, Catholic National Reader, Book Four, but since that number of people may not be very great in 2013, I want to share a charming, poignant story about two people named Can and Could. I took some liberties for brevity. Could held himself in great esteem...
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SCHEDULEMay 18: Pentecost Vigil with ecclesial movements (YouTube)
May 19: Mass in St. Peter's Square (YouTube)
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