Category Archives: Church News

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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Starke Worte

In other words, “strong words” from the laity at the opening of Germany’s synod. Anger expressed at four bishops and the refusal of Pope Francis to grant resignations. From Crux: (B)efore discussions began on the agenda, the leadership decided to … Continue reading

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Et Tu, EWTN?

The past few days I’ve noticed people calling for the bishops to Do Something about the organization widely thought to be referenced by Pope Francis last week as the “work of the devil.” I think this has been brewing for … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell, Lightning Rod

I read a brief check-up on Cardinal George Pell on the Crux website. Speaking for myself, I knew little of the man when he was appointed to the Vox Clara bureaucracy in 2002 or 3. He was part of that … Continue reading

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Hebrews 13

As I blogged earlier this week, my parish is observing the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this weekend with the permission of our local ordinary. There is a Mass in the Missal for the “theme” of Refugees and Exiles. … Continue reading

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Ruth

I wasn’t aware the WDMR (their acronym, not mine) has been a thing since 1914. That was a very interesting first year, as the last Sunday in September was two months after the Great War hostilities began. Our archbishop has … Continue reading

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Loss Of A Sense

Preparing Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on reconciliation and penance for this site, I’ve noted his assessment of a “loss of a sense of sin,” this, as of 1984. I’m more convinced than ever this is a misdiagnosis of … Continue reading

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St Charles, Visalia CA

I was alerted to my late friend Charles’ parish’s building project here. Considering his devotion to music, liturgy, and service, it is a worthy confluence of nomenclature.  Image credit: Alejandra Molina, Religion News Service.

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