Category Archives: Church News

“Lord, Why Were You A Feminist?”

Sometimes you just have to wonder how deep seminary/divinity training is. Orthodox ecumenism? The Scholastics? The Bible?!? It’s pretty amazing the how much even faithful and good Christians will twist themselves to avoid a rupture in their spiritual life. Image … Continue reading

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Fr Martin’s Gray Hat Penalty

I awoke this morning to a weird dream. Father Jim Martin was returning a kick in a professional football game, and got a bad ruling as he was running along his own goal line, evading tacklers. The play was blown … Continue reading

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Even The Non-Believers Cry

A friend on social media alerted me to this latest church burning incident as reported on Church POP. The site cited a neighbor: As someone from an indigenous background I clearly don’t condone what the Catholic Church has done but … Continue reading

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CDF Sets The Table

This is an interesting development, as described at Whispers. (T)he Holy See’s distinct, but veiled skepticism over a Communion clash has taken a marked leap in volume, with the church’s lead doctrinal official warning that the push would be “misleading … Continue reading

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Transcendence?

I saw this piece linked in social media from ChurchPop. I don’t have an argument to make against transcendence in the liturgy. I think a lot of clergy are ill-prepared to facilitate it. Not every priest is good at crafting … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Liturgy

At PrayTell, Rita Ferrone suggests Pope Francis actually has an interest in liturgy. Her most convincing moment: (H)e approaches liturgical questions from a different direction than we may expect. He strives to make it easier for people to engage in … Continue reading

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Post-Pandemic Church

Catholic news writer Russell Shaw has a commentary on the months and years ahead. Difficult times are yet to come. Yesterday I commented rather bleakly on another site that I was arrogant to think that the headiness of the 80s … Continue reading

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Building Sold, Ministry Continues

I heard a whisper that the Rockville Centre diocese announced a final sale on its chancery. An office building not fully used, and besides, people working remotely. Bankruptcy aside, it seems like a good move. I remember 2012 when an … Continue reading

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Visitation

It’s not the March 25th version, but some kind of assessment of the CDWDS (the Vatican’s liturgy office) in advance of appointing a new head. Two PrayTell threads here and here. This kind of news used to poke my interest. … Continue reading

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CDWDS Looking Ahead

A lot of commentary on Cardinal Sarah passing into retirement from heading the CDWDS in Rome. As I wrote a few days ago, I don’t think this role is very high on Pope Francis’ priorities for the Church. I think … Continue reading

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Is It About Money And Power?

Pope Francis suggests two factors for “so much resistance” with his intended reforms of canonical handling of marriages. From his off-the-cuff remarks a few days ago: The pope also said he was saddened to see “resistance in some dioceses by … Continue reading

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Blowback

It’s been whispered that there’s “blowback” from Archbishop Gomez’s statement on President Biden. Republican friends, relatives, and websites have been surfacing on my social media connections. Some comments are rightfully concerned. That’s okay. Many people don’t realize the history of … Continue reading

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Gomez On Biden

I noticed Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s statement on the new president, and this commentary: I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, … Continue reading

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Acolytes and Lectors

I did notice this liturgical news earlier this week. Yay, but yawn. I can imagine the hand-wringing about it in traditional circles. The so-called minor orders were suppressed in the early 1970s. But they made a comeback in the heady … Continue reading

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Addressing The Racism At EWTN

People asking EWTN to pull their contributions. It looks like a promising tack in response to the sacking of Gloria Purvis. Mark Shea wants the network to go whole hog on him:  I hope others involved with the EWTN Empire … Continue reading

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