God and Mary: Illegal in the USA

When I earned my MBA in finance, questions were welcomed. When I got a degree in chemical engineering, questions were encouraged. But before that, I attended an all-female Catholic high school, and a “wrong” question could land you in the principal’s office.

According to Catholic teaching, Gabriel, a winged angel, visited a virgin named Mary and told her she was pregnant with a child she should name Jesus. When Mary’s time on earth ended, her body and spirit were assumed into heaven. Questions about the story of the Immaculate Conception were deflected as a “mystery of faith.” Continue reading God and Mary: Illegal in the USA

Life Imitates Art Again: For the First Time, A Jesuit Pope

On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Pope. He’s the first pope from the Americas. He’s the first Pope Francis. He’s the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church. This is all the more extraordinary, because the Jesuits have been held in suspicion by many past popes.

The events that felled Cardinal Bergoglio’s competitors prior to the election are as shocking as my fictional conspiracies. The timing of those events couldn’t have been more perfect if they had been intentionally orchestrated. Continue reading Life Imitates Art Again: For the First Time, A Jesuit Pope