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March 13, 2013

Details to come . . . 

March 12, 2013

I was watching live as the cardinals took their oaths and then Msgr. Marini closed the doors of the Sistine Chapel.

The camera work was impressive, and it was like something out of a movie. 

After watching the oaths, the atmosphere was so solemn that when the doors began to close, it sent chills up my spine.

Wow!

Afterwards, I found this edited version of the event.

Incidentally, "Extra omnes" is the traditional command to tell everyone except the cardinals...

March 8, 2013

Just wanted to let folks know about a neat little app that Logos Bible Software has just released to help Catholics (and others) learn about the upcoming conclave.

The app is FREE and is available both for iOS (iPhone/Pod/Pad) and Android. They really rushed to get it out so that we'd have it in time for the conclave.

It's got some really cool features and material (including some by yours truly), and ways to stay in touch with important sources of information about the...

February 26, 2013

Have you ever wondered how the process of becoming pope works?

Here's a five minute video that explains it quite well.

It's actually a pretty good summary of how the process works (with some humor thrown in), though there are a few missteps (see below).

Incidentally, the odds of any particular person becoming pope are rather long.

There are more than a billion Catholics in the world, but there is only one pope at a time, so the odds are literally a billion to one...

February 25, 2013

The First Epistle of St. Peter is one of those books of the New Testament whose authorship is disputed.

Since the time of the early Church there has been a strong consensus that it was written by the apostle Peter.

There was less consensus in the early Church about 2 Peter, but the consensus about 1 Peter was strong, and it remained so until the rise of modern biblical criticism.

Modern critics, using a methodology of systematic doubt, have viewed the traditional...