Papacy & Catholic Hierarchy

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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Is Scripture Sufficient…

October 4, 2010

Someone wrote a friend of mine asserting that 2 Timothy 3:16 proved that Scripture alone was all we needed. The famous passage reads, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” […]

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Some Crazy Brits Plan Papal Protests

September 9, 2010

The leading atheists in England continue to embarrass themselves with virulent comments against the Pope and his official state visit to the United Kingdom. These are petty, mean-spirited men. Other have protests planned. Having just been on a speaking tour of England and just invited back next summer, the Pope’s visit resonates with me. I […]

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Can the Magisterium Still Lead the Church?

August 1, 2010

Canon Lawyer and friend Ed Peters answers Fr. Doyle and his ecclesiology of despair Fr. Thomas Doyle, op, has an essay in The Tablet (24 July 2010) wherein he comments, mostly negatively, on some canonical procedural norms recently revised and published by Rome. My concern here, though, is with what I will call an “ecclesiology […]

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Nice Review of my Booklet

July 6, 2010

I wrote a book entitled We Have A Pope. Here is a nice review. You can buy a copy here.

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New Archbishop for Los Angeles

April 6, 2010

Tim Staples comments: “Didn’t I tell you guys that Archbishop Gomez might be the guy? This is incredible news! This guy is a rock! He caused a firestorm when he took the helm in San Antonioand fired half the chancery office! He is orthodox, a great man, Opus Dei, there is no compromise in him […]

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My Friend the Bishop – with One Kidney!

March 14, 2010

New US bishop donated kidney to parishioner CATHOLIC CULTURE.ORG: A parish priest who recently donated a kidney to a parishioner has been named an auxiliary bishop. “It’s been a tremendously rewarding experience,” said Msgr. Mark Seitz, one of two newly-appointed Dallas auxiliary bishops, and “a way God has given me to feel closer to the […]

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John Paul II Declared “Venerable”

December 19, 2009

In a series of decrees issued on December 19, the Vatican has approved miracles allowing for the canonization of five people and the beatification of five others. The Vatican also recognized the 1984 death of Father Jerzy Popieluszko as a martyrdom, preparing the way for his beatification. The decrees, approved by Pope Benedict XVI during […]

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What My Grandpa Said About the Pope

November 23, 2009

(Billy Boy 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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Pope on Biblical Interpretation (I couldn’t agree more!)

October 27, 2009

Church has ultimate authority to interpret Bible, Pope reminds scholars Pope Benedict XVI met on October 26 with leaders of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year. The Pontiff reminded the Jesuit administrators of the Biblicum that the study of the Scriptures must take place in a context of Christian […]

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