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Which Pope said this?

In place of the usual “guess the pope” feature that typically runs on Saturdays, we are sharing the words of the last three popes in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States: Yesterday was a dark day in the history of humanity, a terrible affront to...

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September 11 As a Childhood Memory

I’m a little hesitant to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks for Where Peter Is. But I volunteered to do so, and so here I am. As a member of one of the youngest cohorts that actually remembers it, I have a personal 9/11 story but I’m not sure...

September 11 As a Childhood Memory

I Remember: 9/11, Twenty Years Later

People are often surprised at my long history at CBS News. CBS, after all, isn’t exactly a farm team for Catholic clergy. I am probably the only man in history who went from working for Katie Couric to working for the Pope. But my story, I hope, helps to tell our story. The...

I Remember: 9/11, Twenty Years Later

Benedict’s trust in the Church and his loyalty to Francis

I’ve read much from Pope Benedict on the matter of papal primacy in the last few years, and it strikes me as interesting that unlike the other popes of the last century and a half, he almost always proposes a view of primacy that can be (and inevitably is) read in two antithetical...

Benedict’s trust in the Church and his loyalty to Francis

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

I am a convert to the Catholic faith, having been raised in a non-denominational Christian home and subsequently drifting between various stages of belief and doubt, though always claiming to believe in Jesus even if I didn’t live for Him. In my last couple months of RCIA—as I enthusiastically looked forward to entering...

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

What being Catholic Means

During my time working at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the early 2000s, people—friends and colleagues as well as strangers—would ask why I stay Catholic. Mind you that my first few years there included 9/11 and the clergy sexual abuse crisis, events that would challenge anyone’s faith in a loving...

What being Catholic Means

Blame Yourself

On Sunday, August 29th, Pope Francis provided a brief exegesis of the day’s Gospel passage from Mark, in which Jesus berated the hypocrites who “honor God with their lips” but whose hearts are far from him. For those who have read Francis’s writings and listened to him speak, one could immediately see the...

Blame Yourself

Be thou opened

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, September 5, 2021 — The Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time The Jesus of Mark’s Gospel doesn’t come to play. His mission is urgent and told at a breakneck speed. By Chapter 2, he can’t go anywhere without the crowds pressing in on him. The hunger and the need...

Be thou opened

The Abortion ban in Texas and the state of the pro-life movement

If one holds the belief that life begins at conception, celebrating Texas’ ban on abortions after detection of cardiac activity via “heartbeat legislation” is understandable. After all, we’re talking about a literal beating human heart, so we would also believe that vulnerable human beings’ lives are being saved. At the same time, it...

The Abortion ban in Texas and the state of the pro-life movement

Which Pope said this?

This throwaway culture has marked us. And it marks the young and the old. It has a strong influence on one of the dramas of today’s European culture. In Italy, the average age is 47 years old. In Spain, I think it is older. That is to say, the pyramid has been inverted....

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