The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Our New Book

Since we debuted this news in our Advent calendar yesterday, the cat is out of the bag! If you’ve enjoyed our Mass Education series, you’re in for a treat! We’ve published our first book, and it is based on the Mass Education articles by our very own contributor, Adam Thomé! Why wait around until February to get the posts one at a time, when you get get them all now, and in a convenient format? Even better news: Through Sunday, Continue reading The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Our New Book

Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican

Sistine Chapel at Vatican

The Vatican is a myth. That’s the first lesson to be learned from John Allen‘s book All the Pope’s Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks. To be clear, there is a small city-state completely surrounded by Italy and recognized as Vatican City. That part is real. There are also Vatican gardens and museums. But to assert that there is a monolithic entity known as “the Vatican” that represents one point of view is to tell an untruth. Continue reading Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican

A School of Prayer: Professor Benedict XVI

A School of Prayer

During my recent vacation to the North Carolina coast, I finished reading the Kindle edition of A School of Prayer, a collection of Wednesday audience talks given by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beginning in May 2011 and concluding in May 2012, just nine months before his retirement and the fascinating conclusion of his pontificate. I will candidly admit that I had no strong feeling of attachment or admiration for Benedict when he was pope, other than a vague sense of disappointment in his papacy Continue reading A School of Prayer: Professor Benedict XVI