Category Archives: Church News

Magnum Principium

Pope Francis enters the liturgical translation fray altering canon 838 and hands off to the conferences of bishops. Since he’s on a visit to Colombia, this was supposedly a surprise. Rita Ferrone at PrayTell: If the bishops say “no” in … Continue reading

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Spiders and Snakes

I saw the Canadian kerfuffle over a mechanical spider perched on a cathedral. LotR notwithstanding, I wasn’t aware of the spider being a particularly Christian symbol of evil. But some Catholics objected: disturbing, disappointing and even shameful Others found no … Continue reading

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Cardinal Müller Gossip

Home from retreat, and I see the Catholic internet is abuzz with the gossip that Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the CDF, and Cardinal Ratzinger’s second successor, will soon be out. Granted, the man is not playing baseball, but it … Continue reading

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Who Orbits?

From Pope Francis’s TED talk this week: How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion. How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to … Continue reading

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On Heresy, The New Kind

I don’t think you saw quite as much of this in the old days*, a discussion getting shut down outright instead of just banning all the liberals. Blogger Dave Armstrong asks in his title, “Is Pope Francis A Heretic?” My online … Continue reading

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Cardinal Shift

I nearly missed this news. “To heal Newark” is part of Rocco’s headline. That’s a good story for the people of Northern New Jersey. Bishops, archbishops, and now even a cardinal-to-be routinely switch from auxiliary slots to smaller dioceses as … Continue reading

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New Cardinals

It’s been some time since I got excited about the College of Cardinals. I’ve long thought that how cardinals were chosen needed some upgrading. Lay people and women, please. But if they needed to be bishops, then the best bishops, … Continue reading

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