Category Archives: Church News

Another Bankruptcy

This story rolled into my news feed this morning. I don’t know if its because the net knows I’m Catholic, interesting in church news, or if they detect I’ve posted on things like this in the past. I feel for … Continue reading

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Forced Exit

Somebody asked me, “Who’s Becciu?” The only thing I knew about him was how to pronounce his last name–assuming it’s Italian. The tale of his departure from the active cardinalate is whispered here. Apparently, it’s about finances. Maybe a decade ago … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti

A new Pope Francis document forthcoming. So polite of the Holy Father to give Archbishop Viganò and a few others some prep time to dig their personal schism moats a bit deeper. A comment: The encyclical is expected to echo … Continue reading

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On The Clock

New Mexico archdiocesan preachers on notice: no more than five minutes. From the church memo: (The chancery had) received reports of some homilies going on for well over the 5-minute limit set by the Archbishop. This not only increases exposure … Continue reading

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We Have Met The Baptist, and He Is We

Even my wife was asking me about this resolution from the CDF on baptism. That is what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirms in response to two questions regarding the validity of Baptism conferred with the formula, “In the … Continue reading

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Another Infection

It’s not an appropriate time to suggest, “I told you so.” Maybe it never is. When I saw the headline in my news feed, “D.C. pastor tests positive for coronavirus,” I was seriously thinking, ah, I hope it’s not him. … Continue reading

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Inside Job

According to the AP, a parishioner started the fire at the cathedral in Nantes, France. He was charged with locking the building at night, and according to his lawyer … He confessed to the allegations against him which, as the … Continue reading

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Godparents Gone

A second Italian diocese has put godparents on temporary leave. From the original article cited at the link: The presence of these people in these roles in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation often “is a kind of formal fulfillment … Continue reading

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Church Vandalism

I heard a rumor of a parish in our deanery having some experience with vandalism. I’ve read more about it in social media. My Catholic friends have varying views. Some see it as the godless left taking out its frustrations … Continue reading

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Why Churches Can’t Come Back Quick: Ushers

I’m not privy to discussions among bishops and other church leaders with state and local governments. By initiating this series, I’m relying on observations and some guesswork. The observations arise from forty years in parish ministry, most of that as … Continue reading

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The Daily Christian: Rosary

This may be the most frequent daily practice, at least for Catholics. The number of Hail Mary prayers in the original three sets of mysteries equaled the number of psalms. Some union with monasteries might have been a motivation. Some … Continue reading

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Survey

At PrayTell, I read about a news item of interest to liturgy folks, especially if they fall under the traditionalist umbrella. Apparently, the CDF (not the CDWDS) is polling the world’s bishops to assess the 2007 loosening of the celebration … Continue reading

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On Hate Porn

Blogger Rebecca Hamilton offers a devastating critique of some elements of Catholicism here. She speaks of the agitation for public Masses as a form of “hate porn.” I think the “hate” fits the discussion thread I linked last Friday. While … Continue reading

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Working In Exile

Here’s the view from my “home office” window. A gray day, but full of promise for Spring. I find it requires discipline to get church tasks done here. Just today, interruptions for receiving a grocery run, a package delivery, a … Continue reading

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Giving Christianity A Bad Name

Or maybe this pastor is trying to attract “indestructible” twenty-somethings to church. I read that some were clamoring for his arrest. Maybe that takes it too far. The dox phenomenon seems to work well enough. It was also interesting to … Continue reading

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