Author: S&P

19 Points of Advice for Fighting the Devil…

The exorcists I consult occasionally for articles have personally seen a lot of the devil’s theatrics: levitation, room temperature suddenly and drastically dropping, people knowing foreign languages they never studied, foul odors, objects flying and other antics intended to intimidate the exorcist. Yet, we are told not to fear evil. The exorcists do, however, strongly warn us to stay away from it...

How You Can Get Plenary Indulgences This Summer…

Summer presents a spiritual surprise. Several plenary indulgences are possible for you, your family and friends to gain for yourself or to apply to any soul in purgatory. These indulgences are in addition to those particular ones the Church allows on a daily basis — and which so few people realize are available. We’ve discussed daily ones before and will review them later, but let’s begin with tho...

Is the Pope’s PR safety net misrepresenting his use of slang?

ROME – One curious feature of the modern papacy is the informal, but very real, PR safety net which grows up almost spontaneously around every pontiff. It’s forged in part by the Vatican’s own official communications channels, but even more so by outside commentators and media platforms heavily invested in selling a given pope’s story to the world. Throughout his papacy, John Paul II enjoyed a wid...

Argentine archbishop resigns abruptly as former diocese reels…

Argentine archbishop resigns abruptly as former diocese reels Skip to content An Argentine archbishop insisted he had a clear conscience Monday following his unexpected resignation after barely eight months in office. Argentine Archbishop Gabriel Antonio Mestre. CELAM via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Archbishop Gabriel Antonio Mestre stood down as the Metropolitan Archbishop of La Plata May 27, at th...

The processions, the news, and the papal apology…

The processions, the news, and the papal apology Skip to content Hey everybody, If you’re American, I hope you were able to celebrate Memorial Day yesterday with some time off from work or school, and looking forward to a good summer. Some of you, I suspect, went to a cemetery to pray for America’s war dead. Some of you went down the shore.  I spent the day with my family — we barbecued with ...

Pope Uses Blunt Slang Word for Homosexuals While Saying There Are ‘Too Many’ of Them in Seminaries; Vatican Spokesman Offers ‘Apologies to Those Who Were Offended’…

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar and derogatory term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s ban on gay priests. The ruckus that ensued underscored how the church’s official teaching about homosexuality often bumps up against the unacknowledged reality that there are plenty of gay men in the priesthood, and plenty of LGBTQ+ Catholics wh...

What was the Harrison Butker Catholic-kicker-gate all about?

I was traveling, to say the least, during most of the Catholic-kicker-gate scandal — as in the online firestorm about the recent Benedictine College commencement address by Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs. Oh my. Yes, the superstar placekicker had a lot of conservative Catholic things to say about marriage, workaholism, careerism and homemakers. That’s what created a tsunami of headlines...

Vatican Reinstates Carmelite Nun After Bishop’s Dismissal in Texas Over Affair With Priest…

“Although the dicastery acknowledged that Mother Teresa Agnes admitted to misconduct against the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue,” Olson wrote, “they reasoned in part that her admission did not establish that the misconduct was ‘perpetrated by the exertion of force or violence.’”  The Code of Canon Law (No. 1395) stipulates that a cleric who commits a sin against the Sixth Commandment of t...

Carbon dating reveals true age of purported tunics of St. Peter and St. John…

But Vella noted the garments can still hold devotional value, a claim he made referencing a letter from Pope Pelagius from the middle of the sixth century on a practice “used to obtain secondary relics.” “Any commonly used garment could be placed in contact with the venerated tomb of a saint,” he said. “At that point the robe, a tunic, specifically, left for three days at the tomb of St. Peter, wo...

Was Abraham Reprehensible for Pretending that Sarah was His Sister?

By Clement Harrold May 24, 2024 St. Paul famously describes the Old Testament patriarch Abraham as our father in faith (see Rom 4:16; Gal 3:7), yet this doesn’t seem to square well with Abraham’s treatment of his wife Sarah on not one but two separate occasions. On the first occasion, in Genesis 12, we’ve only just been introduced to the figure of Abram and his wife Sarai when the biblical narrato...

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: In Jesus We See the Whole Trinity — and Join In…

God in his genius found a way for us to understand even something as mysterious as the Trinity, and we see it on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year B. It can be difficult to relate to God. He is invisible. He is outside time and space. The Trinity is a mystery beyond comprehension: the mystery of who God is in himself. As St. Augustine put it, “If you understood him, it would not be God....

An Introduction to St. Augustine’s “Confessions”…

Augustine is accessible and applicable because he is one of us. He suffers from the same temptations and succumbs to those temptations. He falls and does not always get up again, preferring to wallow in the gutter with his lusts and his illicit appetites. And yet, like us, he is restless until he rests in the truth, which can only be found in Christ. If any single book can claim to be the quintess...