Category Archives: Church News

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

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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

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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

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Creeping Pelagianism

I saw this news getting some national attention. And not good attention for the Church, as it is not a usual or an orthodox practice to deny the sacraments to a disabled person. The boy’s mother: That is discrimination. This … Continue reading

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Overestimating

The celibacy kerfuffle continues to burn in the hearts and computers of some Catholics. I wonder if it’s not much less of a concern than some make it out to be. John Allen muses on it here, and I wonder … Continue reading

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Making It Up As We Go Along

As of this morning, it seems our pope emeritus isn’t pleased his name was attached to that book on celibacy. Take it off, he instructs. That will certainly put an interesting twist on various interpretations con and pro coming from … Continue reading

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Follow The Money

If you thought Fulton Sheen’s sainthood delay was a sorrow, I think I can suggest a cleric who will never be cited in a future Roman martyrology: Joseph Ratzinger, the recipient of the biggest chunk of largesse from the retired, … Continue reading

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Grumble

My wife noted the third verse of John Foley’s song rather apt this Advent. He channels James 5:9: Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. One of our retired priests made an offhand … Continue reading

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Disbelief

I see the Sheen Beatification Adventure has taken a new twist or two. Nosy people have outed the Diocese of Rochester and its bishop as the source of concern heard and noted at Rome for the sainthood cause of their … Continue reading

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The Peanut Gallery

I noticed that Fulton Sheen’s beatification is delayed. Apparently the devil’s advocate or whatever they call the process in Rome, wasn’t satisfactory to “several” US bishops. Lots of Catholics up-in-arms about it, pinning the blame on their favorite prelates, the … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Two

The word’s out today that GIA is absorbing WLP. I have friends and contacts in both organizations. I suspect a little holiday uncertainty and a pile of work ahead is causing a bit of stress across Chicagoland. GIA has been … Continue reading

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“It’s (Almost) Over”

It’s been whispered that a bishop will resign in Buffalo the day after tomorrow. With western NY Catholics polling six-to-one in favor of Bishop Malone vacating the see, this must be a relief. Even among the bishop’s supporters. We had … Continue reading

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The Boston Seminary Report

I don’t know why I clicked this link nor why I carried on to read about two-thirds of the report on the investigation of St John’s Seminary in Massachusetts. On the whole it convinces me that seminaries are not the … Continue reading

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An Amazonian Rite

Interesting comment from Pope Francis related on PrayTell. There was talk of a ritual reform, to open to rites. This is within the competence of the Congregation for Divine Worship, and it can do so following the criteria, and I … Continue reading

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Theological Inculturation

I know that church authorities gave Thomas Aquinas a hard time. At first. But it didn’t take long in the vast sweep of ecclesiastical history for the inculturation of a pagan Greek philosopher into Western theology. It’s been amusing to … Continue reading

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