Category Archives: Church News

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

Posted in Church News, Commentary | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church News | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church News | Tagged | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Church News, Commentary | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church News, Commentary, Liturgy | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Church News, spirituality | Tagged | 1 Comment

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

Posted in bishops, Church News, Liturgy | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church News, Commentary, The Blogosphere | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church News | Tagged | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Church News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Easter Stays Put

Guidance from the CDWDS is out. I’ve seen a little fuss here and there on social media about the directive not to move the date of Easter. I don’t have a problem with that order. One factor is moving Easter … Continue reading

Posted in Church News, Liturgy | 4 Comments

Drive-In Communion

A friend alerted me to a new development in the world of sacramental practice. Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth: Mass will continue to be celebrated at the scheduled times throughout the territory of the Diocese of Fort Worth, but … Continue reading

Posted in Church News, Liturgy | Leave a comment

Closed Churches?

I’ve seen a few social media comments, even a meme that rails against “closed” churches. I’m not impressed with this kind of conspiracy hounding. In three important communications of the past week, my archbishop has emphasized the importance of parishes … Continue reading

Posted in Church News | 1 Comment

The Exile Continues

The cats could be seeing more of us: It might be a relief that we have a nice view. We could be seeing more out this window in the weeks and–dare I say–months ahead. The staff at my parish gathered … Continue reading

Posted in Church News | 3 Comments

Uncertainty Ahead

The last time I felt this degree of disruption and uncertainty in ministry was the arson incident in Fall 2012 and its fallout. We were out of our building for some weeks and didn’t get back in for Mass for … Continue reading

Posted in Church News, Ministry | Leave a comment