Which Bible?

One of the questions I’m often asked as a priest is “Which Bible should I read?”  It’s a fair question.  If you wander into the Bible aisle of you local bookstore, you’ll find a dizzying array of choices, with different translations, different features, sizes, colors, and bindings.  The most important consideration is the issue of translations.  In order to gain the best understanding of the … Continue reading Which Bible?

Benedict XV

When Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected pope on April 19th, he took as his name, Benedict the Sixteenth.  There has been much commentary since then on precisely why he made this choice, and what it might mean.  One possibility is that the new pope wants to draw some parallels to the last pope to take this name, Benedict XV. Born Giacomo della Chiesa, Benedict the … Continue reading Benedict XV

Cheese & Cauliflower “Risotto”

I wanted something quick, meatless, and gluten-free for dinner on a Friday night during Lent (and during a Pandemic, which is why we couldn’t go out for dinner!). This takes about an hour total to prepare, and serves four. 1 medium head of Cauliflower, bottom stem and leaves removed 1/2 cup onion, finely minced 1/2 cup celery, finely minced 1/2 cup butter 1 cup dry … Continue reading Cheese & Cauliflower “Risotto”

Apophenia

Recently someone asked me– in all seriousness– what the Church thinks of all the claims in the news of people seeing images of Jesus and Mary in all sorts of unexpected places.  Well-publicized examples include the famous Mary-in-the-tortilla, Mary-in-the-grilled-cheese, and Jesus appearing in the salt stains of a Chicago highway underpass. None of these were what the Church would call an apparition: an actual appearance … Continue reading Apophenia

Apocrypha

When choosing a Bible, one faces a wide array of choices.  Often the question is heard, “Is it a Catholic or a Protestant Bible?”  This question isn’t usually about the translation per se, or who the editors were.  Usually it’s about how many– and which — books are included. The Bible is a collection of writings written, edited, compiled, copied, and passed on over a … Continue reading Apocrypha

Anti-Catholic Literature

  It’s not uncommon today to hear Catholic apologists and intellectuals talk about the entrenched anti-Catholic bias in the mainstream media.  While the Church is unquestionably a dramatic “target of opportunity” for many screenwriters and novelists, contemporary works of fiction have nothing on the vituperative anti-Catholic literature of the 19th Century.      Much of the anti-Catholic media in the 1800’s was fueled by the political … Continue reading Anti-Catholic Literature

Annunciation

In the US, New Years Day is January first.  In other parts of the world, the new year is based on the lunar calendar.  But in many parts of the world, the celebration of the new year was connected to the religious calendar.  In fact, until the year 1752 (when the Julian calendar was adopted), the new year was observed on “Lady Day,” or March … Continue reading Annunciation