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Vatican Corner 11-29-2020

The long awaited report, that was authorized by Pope Francis, about the defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, treated Francis rather lightly. The report explained that Francis assumed that his predecessors had made the correct judgments about McCarrick, and that...

Pastor’s Desk 11-29-2020

Anticipating the end of the world in 1975, twenty-four men, women, and children from Grannis, Arkansas, moved into one tiny house and waited there for ten months. The end did not come as they had expected, and they were evicted for not paying their rent. In 1986 a man...

Vatican Corner 11-22-2020

In 2018, the Vatican defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was eventually convicted of sexual abuse of minors and adults – aggravated by the abuse of power – and solicitation in the confessional. After two years of careful internal investigation, the report was...

Pastor’s Desk 11-22-2020

On His Majesty’s Service: Polycarp, the fifth century bishop of Smyrna, was arrested and brought before the Roman authorities. He was told if he cursed Christ, he would be released. He replied, "Eighty-six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong; how then...

Vatican Corner 11-15-2020

The Italian boy - Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia in 2006 at the age 15, was beatified onOctober 10, 2020 at a special Mass in the city of Assisi. Beatification is the last step before sainthood and it is the recognition by the Catholic Church of the deceased...

Pastor’s Desk 11-15-2020

Columbus trusted his maps and calculations, considered his risks and sailed off to encounter the "new world." Magellan based his charts and maps on the most current information then available, and boldly circumnavigated the world. A few centuries later in their search...

Vatican Corner 11-08-2020

Pope Francis at his Angelus address on March 1, 2020 told the faithful to “never engage in dialogue with the devil.” He urged Christians to be alert and vigilant when “messages, coming at us from many places” invite us to be tempted and to experience “the intoxication...

Pastor’s Desk 11-08-2020

A young man applied for a job as a farm hand. When asked for his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep when the wind blows." This puzzled the farmer, but he liked the young man and hired him. A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a...

Pastor’s Desk 11-01-2020

Elephantine shock therapy. The story has been told of a lion who was very proud. He decided to take a walk one day to demonstrate his mastery over all the other creatures. He strutted his way through the forest until he came across a bear. “WHO IS THE KING OF THE...

Vatican Corner 11-01-2020

When you enter St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the whole building’s design is intended to direct your gaze upward towards the ceiling where you are basically shown the promise of heaven. But you may be missing something extra special if you don’t also look down...

Vatican Corner 11-01-2020

When you enter St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the whole building’s design is intended to direct your gaze upward towards the ceiling where you are basically shown the promise of heaven. But you may be missing something extra special if you don’t also look down...

Pastor’s Desk 11-01-2020

Elephantine shock therapy. The story has been told of a lion who was very proud. He decided to  take a walk one day to demonstrate his mastery over all the other creatures. He strutted his way through the forest until he came across a bear. “WHO IS THE KING OF THE...

Vatican Corner 10-25-2020

The more we peer into space, the more certain we become that our planet isn’t the only one suitable for life. If there is life out there then some of it could possibly be intelligent life. That kind of life possesses wisdom, the ability to act with appropriate...

Pastor’s Desk 10-25-2020

There is a legend handed down from the early Church about John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. Of the twelve original apostles, only John lived to a ripe old age. In his later years, not only his body but also his eyesight and his mind began to fail him. Eventually,...

Vatican Corner 10-18-2020

Named for the Roman goddess of beauty, the planet Venus is Earth’s broiling sister planet. It has a surface temperature of around 880 degrees Fahrenheit, a thick atmosphere of sulfuric acid, and has not been looked at as a possible place for life. More attention has...

Pastor’s Desk 10-18-2020

Rockefeller started giving to God His due and lived: That was a lesson learned by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. He drove himself hard to be a success. He became a millionaire by this age of twenty-three and by the age of fifty was the richest man on earth. Then at...

Vatican Corner 10-11-2020

Cardinal Angelo Becciu was born in 1948 in Sardinia, Italy. After completing his studies in theology and philosophy, he was ordained a priest at the age of 24. When speaking about his seminary days in 2018, he said “I entered the seminary because as a child I dreamed...