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February 27, 2013

Farewell, Pope Benedict

As Pope Benedict XVI resigns from his office it seems fitting to reflect on what he taught us.  An adequate appreciation of his contribution cannot be
February 28, 2013

Is Pope Benedict’s resignation a catastrophe?

In a visit to the Rome-based Community of Saint’Egidio home for the elderly in 2012, Pope Benedict told residents that senior citizens “are an asset to
March 7, 2013

Young Catholics, The New Pope, HuffPost, & Me

One of the other panelists will be Chris Stefanick who runs youth ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver RealLifeCatholic and gives great talks to 70,000+ youth/year. Should be fun. Chris
March 13, 2013

Pope Francis Takes A Cue From Benedict XVI: Prayer

Ok, I’ll just dive in. What struck me most about Pope Francis’ first public appearance was his apparent humility and his focus on prayer. First, he
March 14, 2013

Pope Francis and St. Francis: “Preach the Gospel Always. And for the Love of God, Use Words.”

  Once upon a time, in a land, far, far, away, there lived a holy man named Francis. Francis was a poor man, a humble man,
March 18, 2013

The Feast of St. Joseph: A Family Tale

My ancestry is quite fascinating, if I do write/say so myself! My father’s side (the Birzers) came from eastern Bavaria (from several small villages near the
March 24, 2013

Marriage and Nihilism

Over at Public Discourse I have an article contending that it is hard to see how we can redefine marriage, as our fellow citizens on the
March 29, 2013

Divine Mercy Is Our Only Hope

Today is Day 1 of the Divine Mercy novena, and it comes not a moment too soon. As Billy Graham put it (actually, it was his
April 10, 2013

Grover Norquist, Immigration Reform, and a Bogus Argument

Many American liberals regard Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, as a right-wing extremist.  For some years he has used a pledge against