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Theophilus
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
Theophilus, which is Greek for "Friend of God," is not a common name today, although it was one of Mozart's baptismal names.

I wish to disappear
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
This is true of all Christians.

Paying the piper
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
"He who pays the piper calls the tune" is a saying based on the Scottish custom of having the lord of the manor choose the music for which he was paying. 

The Stuffed Owl
FATHER GEORGE RUTLER
"The Stuffed Owl" is an amusing anthology of bad verse, first published back in 1930.

The Chains of St. Peter in Rome
MIKE AQUILINA & GRACE AQUILINA
Two lengths of fetters are here fused in a single chain, displayed in a church all its own near the Roman Colosseum.

The building and demolishing of churches
FATHER GEORGE RUTLER
In the late 1990s I watched the rebuilding of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, replicating the nineteenth-century cathedral that had been dynamited by Stalin in 1931.

The true mystery of the Son of God
FATHER GEORGE W. RUTLER
An architect knows where all the doors in a house will lead because he designed it. 

Mary's Assumption
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
Please explain our Catholic belief in the Assumption of the Blessed Mother.

The Dormition of Mary
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
I tuned to a television station for the Rosary. When the priest reached the 4th decade, "the Assumption," they showed scenes of a Church in Israel named, "The Sleep of Mary." The Church includes a statue of Mary asleep and an empty tomb. Ive never heard of the sleep of Mary only that she went to heaven "in toto." What is this "sleep of Mary"?

Can the Pope Retire?
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
Since Pope John Paul II has been ill, the media have mentioned his possible retirement. Can a pope retire? Has a pope ever retired in history?

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