Timid Men

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson A recent video by Fr. Robert Barron, “Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument,” called to mind just how right Jefferson was. In his commentary, Fr. …

The Council gains weight

As reported by Vatican Radio, in his homily of April 16, Pope Francis declared, “The Council was a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit.” He then went on to ask, rhetorically, “But, after 50 years, have we done everything that the Holy Spirit …

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 …