Quote of the Day: Cardinal Timothy Dolan

(RNS) “Please God, I’ll be home by Palm Sunday.   … If I’m in Rome longer, please send peanut butter. You can’t get it there.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in his blog about the upcoming conclave in Rome to elect the next pope

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COMMENTARY: Sorry to burst your bubble

(RNS) The bubble I see bursting is establishment Christianity in America. It is bursting ever-so-slowly, even as millions of people still find life, meaning, safety and structure inside their bubbles. But one failing congregation at a time, the surface of shimmering shape is being breached.

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GetGetReligion: tmatt walks back “the pope did not ‘resign'”

Let the record show that Terry Mattingly has admitted making a mistake. A couple of weeks ago he took the press to task for using the word “resign” to report Pope Benedict’s decision to step down. “Abdicate” was, he claimed, le mot juste. But late last week he allowed as how his shot had been wide of the mark:
Now, ever since then I have followed the debates back and forth about this about [sic] the proper translations of the Latin laws, etc., etc. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the word “abdicate” is the appropriate term, but it would be a stretch say [sic] — as I did in the headline on my post — that “resign” has been proven wrong, or inaccurate. Uh, yeah.


Rob Bell is back

*Update: An editor at HarperOne, the publisher of Rob’s book, has explained to me that the video posted below is NOT the official trailer: “That was simply a behind-the-scenes video on Rob’s creative process. The actual trailer will debut the week of March 4. That video will be less vague about the content of the book.” Former pastor Rob Bell rocked the evangelical world nearly two years ago with the release of his book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. Though Bell was no stranger to controversy at the time, nothing he’d said or done previously provoked the kind of reaction that this New York Times bestselling book did. By raising questions about traditional views on hell, he became the target of attacks by some conservative Christians and was heralded by more liberal ones as a theologian for the future.