Prayer and Devotion
Seasons and Feasts
I learned about Pope Benedict's decision to renounce his office at around 4:30 in the morning, in a phone call from a friend on the East Coast.
He told me, "Prepare yourself for a shock."
"Okay," I said.
"Pope Benedict has resigned."
It actually wasn't a shock.
I hadn't expected the announcement, but I wasn't very surprised.
I accept and respect his decision, as disappointed as I am.
I'd been picking up on clues that, for Pope...
It was about six o'clock in the morning, Pacific Time. I was jolted awake by a chime from my phone indicating an incoming text message. Since to be awakened first thing in the morning by your phone never means good news, I stumbled from bed and stared blearily at my phone. Once my mind started processing, shock seeped in:
Just heard on the news that the pope is stepping down at the end of the month for health reasons.
The colleague who had sent the...
On a recent flight from Philadelphia to San Diego I had the following conversation with a woman—we’ll call her Mary—who believed that all religions were equal. I wrote down the conversation a few days later. Here it is:
All Religions Are Equal
“I suppose when it comes down to it,” Mary said, “the main thing is that people are sincere in what they believe. All religions are equal.”...
Call it what you want: birth dearth, global fertility crisis, demographic time bomb—the reality of the Western world’s slow suicide has gone from crackpot theory to badly kept secret to acknowledged-but-ignored fait accompli.
Catholic Answers readers are, I suspect, more familiar than most with the basic facts, courageously proclaimed for decades by pro-life groups and specialized outfits like the Population Research Institute...