Living Vicariously

We’re all accustomed to referring to the Pope as the Vicar of Christ. After all, it was Peter who received the keys, and as Catholics we recognize the Pope’s role as Christ’s chosen representative to rule and guide the Universal Church until the end of time. But one teaching that sometimes gets overlooked today is […]

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Pope for a Day . . . Let the Battle Begin?

If you could be “Pope for a day”–assuming the Holy Spirit went along with it–what would you do? I’ve listened to many people discuss this question through the years. All of the comments I’ve heard have dealt with some aspect of Church discipline. Normative or “orthodox” Catholics tend to want to “clean house”–from excommunicating wayward politicians and theologians to taking a […]

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Feed My Lambs

In today’s Gospel we hear the fascinating post-Resurrection dialogue between our risen Lord and St. Peter. Many people wonder about repetitive nature of Our Lord’s questions, and why He says “lambs” one time and then another time He says “sheep.” Of course throughout His public ministry Christ frequently used familiar terms such as  “sheep” to describe His followers, and He even referred […]

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Housecleaning 101

Last week I received this question via email: “It continues to puzzle me why the present and the previous popes seem to take no meaningful action regarding the malaise in the Church, such as making sure that bishops and priests involved in the clerical sex abuse scandal were dismissed. It seems plainly obvious to me […]

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