“Martyrial Ecumenism” Hmmm…

January 31, 2010

America magazine recently gave it’s Campion Award to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.  St. Edmund Campion is one of the great and courageous English Jesuit martyrs, himself hanged in the 16th century by the Archbishop’s Anglican forebears.  His feast is observed by both churches.  In receiving the award, the Archbishop referred to a concept of Pope John Paul II, martyrial ecumenism by which Christians of various bodies honor one another’s martyrs as heroic witnesses for Christ, particularly when they died at the hands of other Christians.  He pointed to St. Paul as the first to honor the sacredness of his own victims: Read the rest of this entry »


Those Poor Clares! (Well, Not Really…)

October 8, 2008

NOTE: The Franciscan sisters involved with this novel approach to tax evasion should NOT be confused with the Poor Clares of the Archdiocese!

The Not so Poor “Poor Clares” at Loyola Chicago

“For a church organization to hide behind this tax scam, a tax scam for millionaires, you are denying needed revenue to schools, hospitals and public transportation,” Novak told the I-Team when we first reported the story, “Building Resentment” in January.

Like Euro-nobles whose bank accounts are empty, but whose wine cellars still have a few cases left…

Once again the patrimony of the Church – bought and paid for with the contributions of poor, working class Americans who sacrificed mightily to buy property and build beautiful buildings – is being co-opted to fund the now-dying communities that own them.


May 31: Blessed Nicolas Barrè

May 31, 2008

Blessed Nicolas Barrè, 1621 – 1686 Read the rest of this entry »

The Fifth Cardinal Virtue

April 15, 2008


An effort of the will and the grace of God are marking characteristics of cardinal virtues. Through their practice other virtues come to fruition, in fact all other virtues are dependant on the practice of the cardinal virtues. All virtues are an avenue towards God. How many times have you shown others more mercy than you would have before you ate that little piece of chocolate (the practice of brotherly love)? How many times have you turned to chocolate after a disappointing conversation (the practice of humility)? How many times have you enjoyed a piece of chocolate you had to share some with another (practice of liberality)? How many times have you turned around after realizing you forgot to buy a piece of chocolate (the practice of diligence)? How many examples must I cite? Chocolate is clearly the fifth cardinal virtue. The Spanish have known this for quite some time now. When the Jesuits were expelled in the Eighteenth Century they were allowed to bring their breviary, some clothes, chocolate and other necessities of travel.