Category Archives: Church News

A Path of Littleness

I wasn’t aware the Holy Father was travelling in the Eastern Mediterranean. Being a minority – and do not forget that the Church throughout the world is a minority – does not mean being insignificant, but closer to the path … Continue reading

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Catholics In Exodus

I had avoided commenting on Archbishop Gomez’s speech from earlier this month. I find the talks and comments of bishops not my own to be far less interesting these days. But this chat got a lot of attention, even here … Continue reading

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What Splendor? What Truth?

In the department with the subtitle “Why are we not surprised?” another golden city on a hill goes off the deep end. But not before the springing up of a McMansion. One upset parent: We essentially bought them a ranch. … Continue reading

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Bishops Meet This Week

I see it’s all over Catholic news that the US bishops are meeting in Baltimore this week. That document–some document–on the Eucharist is due. Long gone are the days when the USCCB produced documents that mattered. Peace. The Economy. They … Continue reading

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Saint Charles

I have absolutely no quibble with this saint, only with the headline: Charles de Foucauld to become a saint on 15 May To be accurate, the man has already been a saint. Only now have we come to recognize it. He … Continue reading

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Godparent Ban Again

I’ve heard of and seen news bits on the Catania archbishop, Salvatore Gristina, banning godparents in his diocese. Not the first time this has happened in Italy, as mentioned and commented upon here last year. I went to the NCReg … Continue reading

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Moral Panic Explained

Mike Lewis at WPI explains the full episode behind the theft of statues at the Vatican’s Amazon synod two years ago. According to Vatican correspondent Austen Ivereigh, they didn’t even do “research”: I noticed that they never actually asked an … Continue reading

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Deathbed Sacraments And Other Honors

Paul Inwood at PrayTell asks how we understand ministry. He cites a possible problem with an ordination of a man on his deathbed. This doesn’t strike me as a hill I’d want to get injured on, let alone die. Bishops … Continue reading

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Pontifical Council For Culture

We’ve been reading with the Pontifical Council for Culture for a few weeks now with their document on the way of beauty. This week Vatican News has a nice feature and interview with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi on the dicastery he … Continue reading

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It Was Always Going To Be About the Eucharist

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez interviewed while in Rome for meetings. The link is here. He was asked about a divided body of bishops. On the Communion issue, the reality is that what we want is to better educate Catholics: … Continue reading

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Traditional Mass and Papal Popularity

Apparently, the advent of Traditionis Custodes hasn’t nudged Pope Francis’ US popularity one way or the other, according to the Pew Research Center. 1/6 still disapprove. 1/3 hadn’t even heard of his restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass. Teflon pope? … Continue reading

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Offer On The Table: Just Like Starting Over

I wasn’t planning on writing any more about the corruption and fraud trial at Vatican City. But I noticed this bit in the NCRep: The Vatican prosecutor conceded procedural errors Oct. 5 in his fraud and corruption investigation into the … Continue reading

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Playing God

The Daily Beast, a secular organ, headlines a bad Pope Francis in my news feed. A blogging friend labelled him a terrorist. I have to laugh. I don’t know if Cardinal Becciu, if he is convicted of the crimes of … Continue reading

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Synodality Comes To Australia

Inés San Martín from Cruxnow reports from a synod breaking out Down Under: Called a “Plenary Council,” it’s the first such gathering in Australia since 1937, and it will be celebrated across nine months, bookended by assemblies from October 3-10 … Continue reading

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The Suit of Mr Voris

Not the one he wears. A legal thing. The organization usually known as Church Militant is suing the city of Baltimore for putting the clamp on its rally protesting the upcoming USCCB meeting in Baltimore. I had seen an initial … Continue reading

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