Blame it on the Boss in Roma

Bully pulpit takes on a new meaning

Road Trip: Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara University

Visit Mission Santa Clara on the Santa Clara University campus


Historic Mission Santa Clara is a consecrated Roman Catholic church situated on the campus of Santa Clara University.

First established in 1777, the Franciscan Order handed the Mission over to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1851, who then started Santa Clara College, the first institution of higher education in California.  

The Mission has always stood at the center of the campus’ religious and spiritual life, and it continues to welcome Roman Catholic liturgy, spiritual observance, and other activities appropriate to the University’s purpose as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.  


Mary Daly – Theologian, Boston College Pirate, (2010)

All Hail Mary Daly – Boston College Wonder Woman of the Catholic Church from ( RIP 2010)

The Q and the A Documents


The Q Document – Sharpen your pencils – and use that eraser!

The Q Document…

In the 19th century, New Testament scholars noticed  the Gospels of Matthew and Luke,  displayed  a similarity in word choice,  event placement, share material not found in their generally recognized common source, the Gospel of Mark. Confusion ensued.

Go Figure!


Hallelujah! The Typo Discovery

Oh, Sister!

At the convent, a passel of Antiquity Analysis Sisters were scrutinizing various reports and Biblical interpretations.

A certain passage had stumped them for an interminable amount of time. The much discussed, hot topic was celibacy.

It was the famous scholar, a Dominican nun, Sister Dymphna of California, who made the discovery. Through careful analysis, intensive reseach and hours spent in “the stacks” at the British Museum and the Vatican that Sister Dymphna collected various references and conclued  – the instruction was not to be celibate

but to: Celebrate.

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Thank you, Archbishop John R. Quinn


John R. Quinn Obituary
Archbishop John R. Quinn

John Quinn was born in Riverside, California on March 28, 1929, one of four children born to Elizabeth Constance [Carroll] and Ralph Joseph Quinn. After completing high school, John entered the seminary for the Diocese of San Diego, from which he was sent to Rome to complete his studies, and received his degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr. Quinn was ordained to the priesthood in Rome for San Diego on July 19, 1953. He was initially assigned to serve at St. Francis de Sales Church in Riverside.

In the years that followed, he taught systematic theology at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in San Diego, and served as President of St. Francis College Seminary in San Diego. In 1964, he was appointed Provost of the University of San Diego College for Men. He soon organized the merger between the men’s and women’s colleges, leading to the creation of the University of San Diego.

On October 21, 1967, at the age of 38, Fr. Quinn was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego. His episcopal ordination followed on December 12, 1967. On November 30, 1971 Bishop Quinn was appointed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. On December 13, 1972, that diocese was split, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was created. Early in 1973, he became Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and in 1974, was asked by Pope Paul VI to participate in the 1974 World Synod of Bishops.

Archbishop Quinn returned to his roots in California with his installation as the sixth Archbishop of San Francisco on April 26, 1977, succeeding Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken. Within the year he was elected by his brother bishops to a three-year term as President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. On January 27, 1981, Archbishop Quinn oversaw the creation of the Diocese of San Jose. Over the decades that followed, the Archbishop participated in two additional synods in Rome. He served for five years as a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy, and in 1983, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Pontifical Delegate for Religious Life in the United States. As Pontifical Delegate, he was charged with bringing U.S. bishops together with men and women religious, and charged with examining the causes for the decline in vocations. In San Francisco, he focused on social justice among many other responsibilities, quietly working with Catholic Charities to address the challenges faced by the underprivileged and underserved. Together with Catholic Charities, he reached out early with support for those with HIV and AIDS.

After serving the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for 18 years, Archbishop Quinn retired on December 27, 1995. He took up an appointment as visiting fellow at Campion Hall at Oxford University, and in 1996, he delivered the Campion Hall Centennial Lecture. His lecture was written in response to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on ecumenism, “Ut Unum Sint” [“That They May Be One”], which was also the subject of his first book, “The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity,” published in 1999, which won a Catholic Press Award. In 2000 and 2001, the Archbishop was a member of the faculty of the University of San Diego, where he held the John R. Portman Chair of Roman Catholic Theology. He later taught at Santa Clara University and at the University of San Francisco, and was a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.Gala2010ChapelAngelA

The Archbishop remained an intellectual giant in the wider Catholic Church, writing on many subjects including the role and authority of bishops’ conferences, the appointment and transfer of bishops, the establishment of dioceses, questions of liturgy, and matters of Catholic practice and observance – always within the framework of Catholic communion and unity.

His second book, “Ever Ancient, Ever New: New Structure of the Communion in the Church” was published in 2012. His final book “Revered and Reviled: A Re-Examination of Vatican Council I” was completed last fall and will be published in September. Archbishop Quinn contributed to many publications, including the Jesuit magazine “America,” to which he began contributing in 1968.

He gave a powerful address to the National Federation of Priests’ Council, published by the magazine on May 3, 2010. In his later years, Archbishop Quinn had become internationally known for his scholarly writing and the retreats he gave to bishops, priests and lay persons.

Last November he fell ill in Rome. After two months in hospital in Rome, he returned to San Francisco as a patient at St Mary’s Medical Center for additional intensive care treatment, and just before he died he moved to the Jewish Home of San Francisco for further rehabilitation and specialized care.


Funeral arrangements have been planned at St. Mary’s Cathedral, which Archbishop Quinn called, “…a window on the infinite, lifting the human spirit to the Infinite and Eternal Beauty which is God”


Gerrymandering 101


Pope’s Top 10 Tips – Happiness

8561201931_e1a4d5eeb6_zPope Francis happily shares his Top 10 Tips 




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Rest in Peace Otto Warmbier

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Please Pray for Otto Warmbier and his family Today – pass it on

In Loving Memory- Otto Warmbier – it is a sad day.

After being imprisoned for 17 months in North Korea,

22-year-old Otto Warmbier

was returned to his home in Ohio this week.

A team of doctors at Cincinnati Medical Center spoke publicly about his condition.

It is, technically, “stable”—though that could sound misleadingly positive.
His heart is not in imminent danger of stopping, but stability does not mean
Warmbier is poised to lead a life that involves movement or communication.

Add him to your prayers, please.

The saddest news is that Otto Warmbier died. A bright flame is no longer.

Pray for his family and friends and people all over the world who cared

about Otto Warmbier.

Divorced Catholics – can they receive Communion?

photo_3447_20070927If all Divorced Catholics in the USA lined up…

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Oh, wait!

They already do…

What will transpire at the Synod?

...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position. His immediate predecessors, from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—that are at radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…


The New Yorker

SEE:  OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod

Discovered: The Typo in the Bible

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