Papacy & Catholic Hierarchy

Did Eastern Church Father St. John Chrysostom’s Accept the Primacy of Peter?

November 27, 2012

Many non-Catholics like to argue that St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, did not accept the Primacy of Peter. I have written much about this in my book Upon This Rock. I have written on it extensively on my website HERE (scroll down to 3rd section “My Books”) The Navarre Bible Commentary gets this [...]

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The Butler Did It, but Should the Pope Pardon

November 13, 2012

New post on In the Light of the Law by Dr. Ed Peters Some thoughts on a possible papal pardon for Paolo Gabriele by Dr. Edward Peters The ink was hardly dry on Paolo Gabriele’s conviction last month for stealing hundreds of confidential documents out of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal quarters when there was open [...]

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United States Bishops QUICKLY Refute VP Biden’s Comments

October 13, 2012

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate October 12, 2012 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health [...]

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An Ecclesial Earthquake in San Francisco – Bravo Rome!

July 31, 2012

“Depending on how one looks at things, this Friday morning brings either the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI. “For the better part of the last four months, the machinery of the archdiocese that — at least, under normal circumstances — many US bishops consider [...]

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Pope Restores Old Practice: Admonishing Sinners an Act of Mercy

March 13, 2012

Some call it judging or meddling, others say, “mind your own business” but the Pope calls it mercy. In a recent message for Lent the Holy Father said, “The Church’s tradition has included ‘admonishing sinners’ among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain [...]

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A Prince of the Church Dies on Sunday

December 13, 2011

I met Cardinal John Foley when he was Archbishop Foley. He joined us on a pilgrimage cruise. He was a prince among men too. Great sense of humor, powerful speaking style, palpable love of God, the Church and the Gospel. He was a pleasure to be with. He loved communications and was thus in charge [...]

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Visit St. John Lateran with me today for the Feast of Its Dedication

November 9, 2011

I am in Rome and decided to run to St. John Lateran this morning a make a video — so all of you could enjoy the Feast Day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Church on November 9, 313. Yup, that’s right! It was the first Christian church ever built and it was the [...]

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Two Good News-Info Items

July 23, 2011

First, Liz Lev gives some concrete reasons to appreciate the Popes for what they’ve done for Rome. Her list includes: 1) straight roads and obelisks, 2) conservation of antiquities, 3) churches, 4) aqueducts, 5) museums, 6) hospitals and hostels, and 7) prayers. You can read the whole excellent article at “A Long Overdue Word of [...]

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Do We Really Have a Pope? Some Say “NO”

June 15, 2011

There are several groups of schismatic Catholics who are called Sedvacanist. The word means “empty chair.” They think they are more Catholic than the Pope. They claim that Vatican II was illegitimate, there is no pope in Peter’s Chair and the new Mass is invalid. Such nonsense needs to be refuted since too many fall [...]

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Streaming Beatification on the Web

April 28, 2011

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican will work through its official Twitter and Facebook pages to live-stream the vigil and beatification of John Paul II. (Picture: Posters all through Rome!) The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in collaboration with the Vicariate of Rome and Vatican Radio, is promoting the beatification as an occasion [...]

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Steve Interviewed on Papal Infallibility in Salt Lake Tribune in Mormon Country

April 4, 2011

I was recently privileged to be interviewed for a very good article on Infallibility by Kristen Moulton of the Salt Lake Tribune. The end result was very good. You can read the whole article here. Interestingly, it was published side-by-side with an article explaining Mormons and their view of infallibility with their Mormon prophets. Their [...]

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Bishop Explains Job of a Bishop

March 27, 2011

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: A remarkable essay by the Eagle of Fargo Ironic. One of the most important essays by a bishop on Canon 392 (the norm setting forth a bishop’s fundamental duty to supervise the enforcement of ecclesiastical discipline in his diocese) never mentions Canon 392; one of the most [...]

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Papal Encyclicals & Church Documents

February 25, 2011

For a marvelous resource of Church Documents and Encyclicals going all the way back to the 1200′s, click on St. Peter’s Basilica. Isn’t it great to have the Church! God still speaks today and like times past still has a family and a voice through the Church — his body. Where else can you find [...]

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Sister Keehan Accepts Bishops’ Authority over Catholic Hospitals

February 1, 2011

Isn’t that good of her??  :-) WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 31, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Sister Carol Keehan, who garnered widespread attention with her support of Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal in the face of the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it, is acknowledging the authority of the local bishop in resolving moral and ethical questions for Catholic [...]

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BIG NEWS! George Weigel to Speak to our Group in Rome!

January 26, 2011

George Weigel, the biographer of Pope John Paul II, has agree to speak to our pilgrimage in Rome. We arrive in Rome to share in the historical event of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II – AND YOU CAN BE THERE! JOIN US — hear George Weigel, experience the Beatification, tour Rome, visit Assisi, [...]

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Official Blessed! John Paul the Great!

January 18, 2011

It’s official: Blessed John Paul II, Pope Benedict to declare predecessor Blessed Pope Benedict XVI approved the miraculous healing of a French nun on Friday, paving the way for his predecessor to be officially declared Blessed, the final stage on the road to sainthood. The beatification will take place at the Vatican on May 1. [...]

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