Papacy & Catholic Hierarchy

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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Zenit.org – Benedict XVI to Beatify John Paul II

January 14, 2011

Benedict XVI is planning to preside over the beatification rite for John Paul II on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, in the Vatican. A communiqué from the Congregation for Saints’ Causes announced that today the Pope, in an audience with the congregation’s prefect, Cardinal Angelo Amato, “authorized the dicastery to promulgate the decree of the [...]

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Join us in Rome for Beatification of Pope John Paul II

January 14, 2011

I am taking a pilgrimage group to Rome for the beatification of John Paul II. This once in a lifetime trip will fill up very fast. More info soon. Call Suzanne at 800-727-1999 extension 121 to sign up. Or e-mail at sparran@ctscentral.net Please spread the word and visit the pilgrimage site which will have more [...]

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Steve Involved in Top-notch British Production: “Keys of the Kingdom”

December 23, 2010

Last summer I was in England to give a series of talks at two conferences. While there, I was interviewed for a top-notch Brithish production entitled KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. This documentary centers on St. Peter and the Papacy through the centuries. There is a rising movement among orthodox, fired-up Catholics in Great Britain to [...]

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Good News from Rome: Burke, Dolan & Sad News too

November 19, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: “Franz Klein of the Diocese of Lacrosse has a nice spread on Archbishop, and-one-day-shy-of-being-formally Cardinal, Burke in the on-line The Catholic Times (18 Nov. 2010, page 3B). Klein offers a good overview of Burke’s typical day at the Apostolic Signatura, and of the esteem in which he is [...]

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Archbishop Dolan’s Latest Service will be a Great One

November 17, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: “The version of the story I heard was that Tim Dolan, then an eighth grader at Holy Infant Parish in Saint Louis, rang the rectory doorbell one day and told the pastor that he wanted to do something to help the Church. The priest glanced at his [...]

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What My Grandpa Said about the Pope

October 21, 2010

(Billy teaches Grandpa a thing or two) “My grandpa is a nice old gentleman, with gray hair, and gold spectacles, and very fond of his little grandson Billy—that’s me. Grandpa and I often go out to walk together, that is, on fine days, because on cloudy days he never goes out of the house, but [...]

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