Fathers Stay Put: Of Paternity, Stability, and Canon 522

Efforts must be made to restore socially the conviction that the place and task of the father in and for the family is of unique and irreplaceable importance.
 ~ Pope St. John Paul II

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A Plethora of Percys: On Fidelity to Christ and Ecclesial Coherence

I like the idea of being a descendant of the Northumberland Percys because they were recusants and a couple of them lost their heads as martyrs.
~ Walker Percy

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The Luminous Mysteries: John Paul II’s Mini-Catechesis on Ecumenism

If properly revitalized, the Rosary is an aid
and certainly not a hindrance to ecumenism!
~ Pope St. John Paul II

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Of Serbs, Salvation, and Sunburns

We have almost everything in common.
 ~ Pope St. John Paul II

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What I Mean When I Say ‘Amen’

You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.

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The Bishop Next Door

Be shepherds: with the ‘odor of the sheep,’ make it real….
~ Pope Francis

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Of Theologizing, Conversion, and the Magisterium


I should like to add to all this that the church has the prior right to question us….
The church is our pastor.
~ Helmut Thielicke

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Grafted In: Of Priests, Vines, and Moving On


The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you.
~ St. John Mary Vianney

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Custody of the Holy Land


Alongside the history of salvation there exists a geography of salvation.
~ Pope Paul VI

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A Memorial Tribute to a Good Shepherd


Bishop John M. D’Arcy addressing the alternative Notre Dame graduation rally, May 17, 2009.


Justify your episcopal dignity by your unceasing concern for the spiritual and temporal welfare of your flock.

Give yourself to prayer continually, ask for wisdom greater than you now have, keep alert with an unflagging spirit.

The greater the toil, the richer the reward.

~ St. Ignatius of Antioch

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