Saint Bonaventure and Women

July 15th was the feast day of Saint Bonaventure. A supreme intellect, Saint Bonaventure is known for his leading the Franciscan order of minors and helping to fostering the marriage of faith and reason through his teachings and works. He took the name Bonaventure to celebrate and honor his ‘Good fortune’ of being a Franciscan. “I confess before God that what made me love Saint Francis’ way of life so much was that it is exactly like the origin and the Continue reading Saint Bonaventure and Women

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

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I’ve often wondered about the origin of the phrase “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” but never bothered to look it up. Since today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, I thought I would take the time to do some research and get to the origin of this phrase. The meaning of the phrase is “taking something from one person/source, and using it to pay another.” As a child, I had hoped there was a more specific Biblical origin Continue reading Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Saint Andrew, the Inspirational Apostle

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Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew, the Apostle. Saint Andrew was the brother of Saint Peter, and the first called of all the disciples. It was Saint Andrew who convinced his brother, Peter, to leave behind their fishing business and to follow Christ. Saint Andrew appears in the Bible by name on twelve separate occasions and can be found in all four gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. Saint Andrew in the Bible According to the Continue reading Saint Andrew, the Inspirational Apostle

Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud

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In order to grasp what’s going on with the Vatican survey, the first thing you need to understand about the Catholic Church is that when She says, “a few years ago,” what She means is, “within the past several centuries.” And so it is that She has now asked the bishops to poll their flocks about some issues that have come up that were “unheard of until a few years ago” (their words): cohabitation, same-sex couples, single-parent families, and mixed- Continue reading Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud

My Two (Peter’s) Pence: Thoughts on the Pope Francis Interview

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I should have known better than to get my information about the content and tenor of America Magazine‘s now famous interview with Pope Francis from the folks on Twitter. It’s surprising that I went so long without reading the full text of the interview, choosing instead to get my information in 140-character nuggets from the Twitterati. Considering that I have a great obsession with all things papal, and more than a mild distaste for Twitter, probably my best bet is Continue reading My Two (Peter’s) Pence: Thoughts on the Pope Francis Interview

When the Saints Go Marching In: The Martyrs of El Salvador

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by John O’Boyle, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   There aren’t many North American saints. While there are numerous Irish saints, Italian saints, and saints from elsewhere, we Americans seem like the lost children of Israel. Growing up, I often wondered why. Looking back on my childhood, it seems as though I learned about the Catholic faith through the process of osmosis. Each Christmas Eve, when my father would come home from his mail route, he would take a few Continue reading When the Saints Go Marching In: The Martyrs of El Salvador

Meaningful Dialogue & the Myth of the Vatican

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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