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Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

The Call to Fraternal Correction – A Homily for the 23rd Sunday of the Year

We live in times in which there is a widespread notion that to correct sinners is to “judge” them. Never mind that it is sin that we judge, not the sinner.  Never mind that in accusing us of  judging, the worldly-minded are themselves doing the very judging they condemn. Never mind any of that; the […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Victorious Shout of the Lord – As Seen in a KIA Commercial

The Lord sometimes comes in unexpected ways and in unexpected packages. The Jews of Jesus’ time were expecting a Messiah who would ride in on a warhorse, and after a bath of blood, reestablish an earthly kingdom of David in all its glory with economic prosperity and military superiority. But Jesus defied their expectations and […] Read the rest of this entry »

What happened to the St. Patrick’s Parade Post?

Many of you have expressed concern about a blog post I wrote on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was removed. I am grateful for your concern about this and all the issues we discuss here. I removed the post upon further reflection due to the strong nature of the language I had used in parts […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Lord Must Follow the Preacher – A Reminder from St Gregory that the Message Depends on Jesus

Yesterday’s feast of St. Gregory provided rich reflections from the great Doctor of the Church. And I supplemented my readings as well by looking over some of his homilies. Frankly, St. Gregory the Great was tough on himself and on preachers and he spoke of the office in lofty and demanding terms. For example he taught, […] Read the rest of this entry »

Nominalism, not nerdy and coming at you whether you like it or not!

How have we gotten into this mess wherein we have set aside reality in favor of what we think reality is? No longer do we go out to meet reality and accept the obligation of conforming to reality; now we sit back and claim the right to posit our own reality, to project reality and […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Five Stages of Religious Persecution

I first wrote on the topic of religious persecution over two years ago and since then things have only gotten worse. Clearly the situation in Iraq is awful. But here in the U.S. as well, the threats against religious liberty have continued. Indeed, here in the States it is rare that a respected segment of American life would become […] Read the rest of this entry »

A Meditation on the Utter Absurdity of the Cross to a Hedonistic World

In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord sets forth the theology of the Cross and redemptive suffering. In so doing he sets forth a doctrine that is utter absurdity to this world. The indignation of the modern world against the Cross borders on outrage. Why is this? Simply put, hedonism. Hedonism is the worldly “doctrine” that pleasure […] Read the rest of this entry »

Every Round Goes Higher, Higher – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the Cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Let’s consider the Gospel in three stages. I. The Pattern that is Announced – The text says, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem […] Read the rest of this entry »

Protected: Burlington Priests Professional Days

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On Staying the Course with Mother Church, As seen on TV

One of the cultural challenges we face in both living and proclaiming the faith is that the true faith often doesn’t fit our frantic pace or our expectation of instantaneous results. Consider that many today, including those of us who believe, demand the “quick fix.” Whatever the situation—be it sickness, the needed repair of something we […] Read the rest of this entry »

Living in the House of Love – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas

In my years as a priest, I have often had people ask me why God, who we say needs nothing and is fully content and joyful in Himself, created anything outside Himself. Does His act of creation indicate that He lacked something or that He needed others? This is difficult for us humans to understand. To […] Read the rest of this entry »

People Need People, As Seen at the Beach

I spent a few days at Bethany Beach (in Delaware) this week with four other priests, thanks to some very generous lay people who allowed us to stay in their house. In Washington we speak of going to the beach. But in nearby Baltimore they say, “We’re goin’ down-e-ocean.” I think in New Jersey they call it  “going down the […] Read the rest of this entry »