Pope on a pedestal

Groupies aren’t just for rock bands. Not that many years ago, however, the word “groupie” would call to mind images of emotional throngs hysterically shedding tears and bleating out shouts of devotion toward a chosen pop star or musical group, like Bon Jovi, …

The Council’s Phenomenology

I’ve recently been reading about the phenomenological method employed by the Council Fathers of Vatican II as elucidated by Dr. Paul Zarowny in a review of the book, Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man: The Council’s Pastoral Servant Leader Theology for the …

The Humility Card – Part 2

Pope Francis has been Roman Pontiff for just a few weeks, and already we’ve witnessed any number of noteworthy acts that the media, both Catholic and otherwise, feels compelled to report as never before seen acts of papal humility. With Aquinas’ definition in …

The Humility Card – Part 1

Even before the elevation of Cardinal Bergoglio to the Chair of St. Peter, I was growing increasingly weary of people playing the “humility” card. (Now, it’s pretty safe to say that my irritation level with this is over the top, but I’ll save …

Speak for yourself, Mark

Flipping around the radio dial the other day I made a pit stop on Mark Levin’s program for about 90 seconds, about as long as I can take listening to most conservative talking heads lately. It’s not that we don’t desire similar things …

The Ecclesiology of Pope Francis

Vatican Radio recently revealed the contents of an intervention given by Cardinal Bergoglio during the General Congregations preceding the papal conclave, in which the future Pope Francis spoke about evangelization, with the implication being that the Church in our day is not fully …