In the western church yesterday, July 22, was the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, named the apostola apostolorum, the Apostle to the Apostles, thanks to her unique role as the first disciple to see the […]
Author: Brian Flanagan
“Rejoice and Be Glad” : Some Initial Impressions
My personal call to sanctity does not usually involve getting up earlier than usual to read newly released Apostolic Exhortations, but in today’s newly released Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis writes that the “holiness to […]
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
Last night Fordham University, in association with Religion News Service and Salt and Light Media, held a debate on the effects of the first five year’s of Pope Francis’s pontificate, between theologian and historian Massimo […]
What are you giving up for Advent?
No, I didn’t make a mistake and get Advent and Lent confused. As many of us who went to Catholic schools and catechism classes can remember, despite the similarities and the purple vestments, Advent is […]
Reinhardt in Jerusalem
When I turned the corner past a small Rothko, I broke into a smile: here, in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, I found a 1966 Ad Reinhardt painting, lingering around, unattended as usual. I had […]
Laetare: Lenten Rejoicing, in Three Songs
Song One: Today’s entrance antiphon, from which this Fourth Sunday in Lent takes its name: Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum lætitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini […]
Faith, Power, and the Chair of St. Peter
There’s no way around the fact that to many people, Catholic or not, today is a strange feast – the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. It’s one of the few universal commemorations of […]
Initial Responses to Amoris Laetitia
Here at Daily Theology, we wanted to give some of our “quick takes” after an initial read of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation “On Love in the Family.” The Pope himself says at the outset […]
W.W.F.S.S.? Some thoughts on Ross Douthat and doctrine
What would Frank Sullivan Say? So the interwebs have been abuzz in the past 48 hours regarding New York Times columnist Ross Douthat’s op-ed on Sunday entitled “The Plot to Change Catholicism.” Commentators have questioned […]
What’s So Great About Gregory the Great?
Today is the feast of St. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome from 590 to 604. My use of “bishop of Rome” is intentional – as I will show in a moment, Gregory’s example as […]
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