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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.