June 2008 Archives

Sunday was the annual Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, but the focus this past weekend was on the Apostle to the Gentiles, in light of the inauguration by Pope Benedict XVI–along with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople –of the […]

The misbegotten blog-confession (there must be a juicy neologism in there) of the Washington Post’s “On Faith” co-founder, Sally Quinn, that she took communion at the funeral of her friend Tim Russert has provoked a pretty healthy web-storm. As it […]

L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, confirms rumors that those nifty red loafers Benedict XVI has worn since the day after his election are not name brand, but personally cobbled by some Vatican Geppetto. According to the AP: “Obviously the […]

Pope Benedict’s penchant for high ecclesiastical fashion has been noted here and here, but in neither story did I note his preference for a wide-brimmed red summer hat. Snappy lid, Your Holiness. But I wasn’t sure what to call it–a […]

A story in this morning’s NYTimes, “For Iraqi Christians, Money Bought Survival,” reveals a little-known (to most of us in the U.S., I suspect) story of how Iraqi Christians have been paying off militias in exchange for their lives. The […]

Yes, the name has changed–from the equally sanctimonious (and tongue-in-cheek) “Benedictions”–but the blogger has remained the same: David Gibson, author of the “Benedictions” blog that covered Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the U.S. in April. You all helped make the […]

Even the Swiss Guards, it seems, are into the marketing racket. As readers of this blog know, and as I explain in my “Pontifications” introduction, I like to roam the broad realm of Catholic faith and culture, from the sublime […]

Seriously. As ABC News reports, a 49-year-old supermarket shelf-stocker from Cape Cod has come up with a brilliant idea: A website called which enables the saved to store e-mails and documents that will be sent to up to 63 […]

Speaking of souvenirs–as I like to do–while the Presbyterian Church (USA) is discussing (arguing) homosexuality at their meeting in San Jose, they are making great inroads against the Catholic Church. According to the omnipresent Gary Stern of the Westchester Journal […]

News out of Rome is that the Vatican has made a papal-approved offer to the right-wing Traditionalist schismatics of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), the progeny of the late Vatican II-hating Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. When I heard of […]