Category Archives: Church News

Not Lobbies

DDWDS head Arthur Roche’s red hat day comment: But you know, you touch this area, and everyone starts screaming. That should tell us something straight away. What is this, that’s almost becoming hysterical? Because the Church has decreed at its … Continue reading

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The Innocents of War

I see Pope Francis taking a bit of heat for referring to Darya Dugina, a Russian nationalist and vocal supporter of war, as an innocent. What is the distinction between a soldier who pulls a trigger, and a citizen who … Continue reading

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The Role of Women and the Tide

I saw a few posts in social media this week on the various local iterations of the universal synod. The topic was and is the role of women. Another lay person, a non-woman, wrote this: I will climb on this … Continue reading

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Revival

The three-year USCCB Eucharistic Revival began yesterday, or a bit earlier maybe. There’s a website already up. I noticed Notre Dame theologian Tim O’Malley suggesting catechesis alone isn’t going to cut it. His meme is a “Eucharistic culture.” The bishops … Continue reading

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New Neighbor

My wife, not Liam, not the whisperer, broke the news to me this morning. One of my favorite authors will be my new neighbor in Minnesota. Bishop Barron can strike the “auxiliary” from his office; he’s to be in charge … Continue reading

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Red Hat to California

So, a California bishop gets a red hat, and he’s not an arch. A social media friend asked, “Is he liberal? Conservative? Pastoral? Rigid?” I responded that he appears reasonable and he listens. Plus, the Catholic Right have already labelled … Continue reading

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Membership Privileges Revoked

While no one objects that a bishop has the power to excommunicate, or even in some cases put a parish or community under interdict, the question a lot of people are asking is this: is it a prudent move? I … Continue reading

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New Document on Liturgical Formation?

A Spanish language interview with CDWDS head Arthur Roche intrigued me for a few details. First, that a liturgy document on formation is in the works. (T)wo years ago, the Holy Father asked this Congregation to hold a plenary meeting … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day, Inclusion and Exclusion

Inevitably, a day like Mother’s Day invites the occasional complaint. I remember one person in a parish long ago who seemed desperate to be a mother. She was middle-aged and not married. She also objected to the Mother’s Day blessing … Continue reading

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This Weekend’s Protests?

If I were more plugged into the mainstream media, maybe I would have heard more about this supposed mobilization to turn to Catholic churches this weekend for protesting now that the Supreme Court building has been fenced off. A social … Continue reading

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Dicasteries: The Great Reorganization

Pope John Paul II’s 1988 curia reform Pastor Bonus has been superceded, and a Vatican bureaucracy upended, at least on paper. The NCRep has a story on it here. Naturally, most secular media I’ve seen are focused on the notion … Continue reading

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More On The Baptism Thing

Maybe the Google is watching me quite closely, but I’m seeing a lot of secular news items in my feeds on “invalid baptisms.” This one, too, in which Fr Thomas Reese assesses the CDF decision simply enough: I think it’s … Continue reading

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2025: Pilgrims of Hope

A bit of news from the Vatican this weekend, the announcement in a public letter that the 2025 jubilee year will focus on theme Pilgrims of Hope. Pope Francis wrote of the importance of a “universal fraternity” to address poverty … Continue reading

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2025: Year of Hope

A bit of news on the Vatican this morning, the announcement in a public letter that the 2025 jubilee year will focus on the virtue of hope. The president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, … Continue reading

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The Problem of Father Arango

The Diocese of Phoenix reaches out here to Catholics deemed invalidly baptized because of that I/we thing that came out in the summer of 2020. The liturgical offender, Father Andres Arango, has resigned his pastorate at Saint Gregory Church. If … Continue reading

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