Category Archives: Church News

Pope Francis And The Two Sons

So, this is a thing at least one place on facebook. Pope Francis offers an age-appropriate message to a weeping child about the death of his father. Some Catholics, being more Catholic than the pope, beg to differ. After receiving … Continue reading

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Helly Week

Holy Week has become “helly” week. A few of my Catholic Right facebook friends and their contacts are in Aha! We-Told-You-So ecstasy with reports that Pope Francis has denied the existence of hell. First, I’m not sure the power of … Continue reading

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Of Mascots, Sports, Symbols, and History

A facebook friend who, I believe, is not a Holy Cross alum, commented on the decision of that university to distance itself from the Crusades via its mascots and sports identifier: We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful. I … Continue reading

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Two Popes, A Book, and a Letter

This story rather confirms that maybe VNO #2 is a better choice for observing a pope’s anniversary than a controversial situation that attaches a letter to a book. Speaking as a composer, I hope I’m dead before my protégés decide … Continue reading

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CNN on Five Years

I notice one major news outlet observing Pope Francis’ anniversary with commentary on conservative opposition. The journalist cites religious right-wing think tanker Benjamin Harnwell: I now understand how liberals in the church felt under the pontificates of John Paul II and … Continue reading

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Ms Markle’s Initiation

In news reports yesterday, I did notice a high profile Baptism/Confirmation in the Anglican Church. Commentary and quotes here. It’s always interesting to see what Catholic journalists make of such things. From the Aleteia report: Additionally, the water used for … Continue reading

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German Intercommunion

On a friend’s facebook post, some discussion this bit of blog-gossip from Edward Pentin at the NCReg: German bishops have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of producing a “guide” for Protestant spouses on reception of Holy Communion under certain conditions. At … Continue reading

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