Papacy & Catholic Hierarchy

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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Archbishop Burke & Appointment of New Bishops

October 27, 2009

Bravo! I sense that the Vatican is being very careful these days who gets appointed as bishop. To have Archbishop Burke involved in the process is very satisfying to say the least. ROME, October 19, 2009 ( – Two prelates who are known for their vocal defence of life and family as well as the […]

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Archbishop Sheehan Criticizes Other Bishops

August 29, 2009

Archbishop criticizes bishops who opposed Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe has criticized the dozens of bishops who publicly opposed President Barack Obama’s appearance at t heUniversity of Notre Dame. ********************************* Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes: Some thoughts on Archbishop Sheehan’s recent comments regarding Eucharistic discipline While I offer […]

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An Ideal Bishop — May God give us 100 more!

July 23, 2009

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My book UPON THIS ROCK now an E-Book

July 17, 2009

I was happy to see that my book Upon this Rock: Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church is now being sold as an e-book through Ignatius Press. It is also sold at a big discount because it doesn’t have to be published with paper and ink. I think I […]

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Couldn’t Agree More: Jerusalem is my Favorite!

July 15, 2009

Tourists prefer Jerusalem to London or Paris. On-line poll by Travel + Leisure ranked Israel’s capital of Jerusalem as the 17th best tourist destination in the world. Click here for more. Shoot, I agree it is great but I rank it higher than 17th!

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Obama (chameleon) on the Pope

July 3, 2009

Obama praises Pope’s ‘extraordinary leadership,’ vows ‘robust’ conscience clause, speaks on Church divisions, homosexuality A week before his audience with Pope Benedict XVI, President Barack Obama addressed eight questions from Catholic reporters and editors on July 2. Click the link to read the whole article. AND NOW THERE”S MORE White House courts Catholics before […]

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Has the Pope’s Paper Lost its Mind?

June 30, 2009

From friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: L’OR and the Loss of Reason “For most of my life L’Osservatore Romano has been a sleepy Roman rag that arrived weeks after its publication date, printed in cheap ink that soiled the fingers of those who felt the need to read page after page of boilerplate remarks […]

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It’s Much Ado about Nothing if you Ask Me

June 3, 2009

Controversy erupts over letters between Pope John Paul, Wanda Poltawska “Pope John Paul II’s closest aide is strongly criticizing Dr. Wanda Poltawska over her decision to publish five decades’ worth of private correspondence with the late Pontiff. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow says that Dr. Poltawska– a psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor– is claiming […]

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Michigan Loses a Great Bishop! St. Louis Gets a Great Bishop!

April 21, 2009

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: A canonical look at Saint Louis’ new archbishop Mixed feelings, of course: Bp. Robert Carlson will be sorely missed here in Michigan, but he’s a terrific choice for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. While others can better describe his work with, say, the Institute for Priestly Formation, […]

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The Beauty of NOT having a Magisterium…

April 8, 2009

… is that you don’t have to have any solid positions, morals, or theology. You can waffle and change your mind. God has no opinion (obviously, or so think many) so you don’t have to worry about what He might think. Rick Warren is such a pastor and has now disavowed his opposition to the […]

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Soviet Propoganda Besmirched Pope Pius XII

April 3, 2009

Soviet propaganda fueled campaign against Pius XII: Jesuit journal The persistent complaint that Pope Pius XII was sympathetic toward Hitler’s Nazi regime has been thoroughly undermined by historians, but the “black legend” persists. Writing in the Jesuit journal <i>Civilta Cattolica</i>, Father Giovanni Sale traces that legend back to Soviet publicists, who were eager to […]

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Chair of Peter, Feast Day on Sunday

February 20, 2009

Chair of Moses – Chair of Peter Feast Day, February 22 Want to see pictures of the Chair of Moses and the Chair of Peter? Click here. I will join Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio Friday evening to discuss the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 5:20  PM Eastern. You can listen on-line at […]

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For those following the SSPX News

February 12, 2009

The Original Story *********** From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: Why the Original SSPX Excommunications were Valid (Jan 27, 2009) While we await the L’Osservatore Romano article that is to offer an account of how Pope Benedict XVI arrived at the decision to lift the excommunication imposed on the four priests who received […]

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