>Thom Peters over at American Papist called it first: the Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan, is to be the next Archbishop of St. Louis. While I am very happy for the people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, who have been without an Archbishop since their great Archbishop Raymond Burke was called to Rome, I am particularly happy for Sister Rosalind Moss. Her religious community has been waiting patiently for this new appointment.
Sister Rosalind was born into and raised in a conservative Jewish household, but eventually converted to Evangelical Protestantism, leaving the corporate world to engage in full-time ministry. In 1995 after several years of spiritual discernment, she came into the Catholic Church, and worked as an apologist for Catholic Answers for a number of years; she still appears on their call-in radio program, “From the Heart”, twice a month, and also hosted a fascinating lecture and discussion series on the Gospel of St. Luke for EWTN. In February of last year, after discussion with Archbishop Burke, she obtained his permission to found a new community of sisters in St. Louis known as Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope.
Not long after Sister Rosalind moved to St. Louis, obtained a convent, and began screening applicants to the new community, Archbishop Burke was called to Rome, which left her and her new community in an ecclesiastical limbo, awaiting full canonical establishment. Since then she has steadily been persevering in her work and patiently waiting for a new Archbishop to be named. While the new Archbishop no doubt has many things to catch up on once he arrives in St. Louis, I hope that Sister Rosalind and her new community will soon be able to officially get up and running.
As I mentioned previously on this blog, American Papist News reporter Thomas Peters and producer Alexander Buder of 32 to 63 Productions recently taped an exclusive interview with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver. This took place prior to His Excellency speaking at a book signing at the Catholic Information Center here in Washington, D.C. I was very privileged to attend and observe the interview, and also to help in a small way with the taping of Episode 1 of AmP News this weekend.
Chaput comes flat out during the course of the interview, as well as in his book, and says something which I myself have said for years: I am a Catholic first. This means that my faith has to inform the way that I think and act, in whatever part of the public square I happen to find myself. The public square after all, does not only include government buildings, but in its more catholic sense includes markets, cultural institutions, entertainments, and so forth. We are faced with a wealth of choices, but not all choices are truly acceptable options. Therein lies the importance of discernment on the part of the individual.
In any case, I have embedded the new segments below, and you can also click on over to AmP News’ YouTube channel and subscribe. And please don’t be shy. AmP News is continuing to grow, and I know that Tom and Alex would be grateful for your feedback on their work.
Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege of spending nearly an hour with His Excellency Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, before he spoke about his new book, “Render Unto Caesar” at the Catholic Information Center. Since I have been given permission to spill the proverbial beans, I can tell you that my friends Thomas Peters and Alexander Buder of American Papist News had managed to arrange an interview with the Archbishop, and asked me to come along and help out. To be honest this was more of an act of charity on their part, since there was not really much that I could do to help them given that I am still not doing so well post-accident.
Naturally when you are a Catholic and in the presence of a bishop, and particularly a rather well-known Archbishop, it is a bit intimidating. However, Archbishop Chaput could not have been more gracious and engaging in putting the three of us at ease. The lads did great work, with Tom asking a number of thoughtful questions and receiving great responses, and Alex working in constricted filming conditions. I am looking forward to seeing the final results when they appear in the next update of American Papist News.
For myself, I was merely an interloper trying to stay out of the way, but the Archbishop made time for me as well. Not only is his best-selling book (which he very kindly inscribed to me) a call to put our faith into practice in the political sphere, but he himself is a wonderful example of generosity, good humour, and Christian leadership. I was deeply honored to have met such an inspiring and courageous leader of the Church.