Mathieu is a freshman studying Political Science. He is an avid baseball fan and unabashed defender of all things associated with Boston.
On March 4, Pope Francis announced that the Vatican will unseal the archives on Pope Pius XII, the Pontiff who reigned during World War II. Many Jewish groups have condemned Pope Pius XII for not taking action to help Jews during the Holocaust, sometimes going as far to say that he was completely silent. Pope Francis acknowledged that Pius XII’s papacy contains “moments of grave difficulties, tormented decisions of human and Christian prudence, that to some could appear as reticence.”
Boston College has witnessed an increase in opportunities to engage with the sacraments and develop personal prayer life this semester, and particularly over the month of February. Access to many of the Church’s foundational sacraments are already well-established on campus and nearby: daily Masses at St. Mary’s, Candlelight Mass at St. Joe’s, confession, Latin Mass organized by Una Voce, (Boston College's Latin Mass Society), and various other activities. Through primarily student-led initiatives, access to other forms of worship has grown through Adoration, Taize prayer, and other informal prayer groups.
In 2 Timothy 4:17, St. Paul famously proclaimed, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” The Vatican has given the verse more literal meaning through the establishment of an official track team earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has “the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee.” Beyond the Olympics, the team joined the Italian track association and will compete within various international competitions. Current team members include Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists, and professors. The track team is the first legally established Vatican athletic team, although there is an unofficial soccer team and a cricket team.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual General Assembly on November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. In an October 30 press release, they announced their expectations for the Assembly discussion, and anticipated a vote on “a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” They said they would also vote on the Pastoral Letter Against Racism (a report after the recent Synod on Youth) as well as the cause for canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA.
In his youth, when St. Maximilian Kolbe saw the Blessed Mother in a vision, she offered him two crowns: a white crown for heroic virtue, and a red crown for martyrdom. Willingly accepting both crowns, he went on to live a life of such deep devotion to God that St. Pope John Paul II named him “the patron saint of our difficult century.”
Few elements of Catholicism are as broadly misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike as the doctrine of papal infallibility. This teaching refers to the inability of the Church to formally teach error—a gift owing to divine guidance. Within specific contexts, infallibility encompasses the college of bishops. The Second Vatican Council states in Lumen Gentium that “although the individual bishops do not enjoy the prerogative of infallibility, they can nevertheless proclaim Christ’s doctrine infallibly.” Furthermore, the bishops’ authority is even clearer when they are all “gathered together in an ecumenical council.” Uniquely, however, as the head of the college of bishops and the Vicar of Christ, the pope maintains individual infallibility, as granted by Christ.