Category Archives: Church News

The Right To Work

David Gibson at RNS reports on the German bishop who went from $20,000 bathtubs to writing catechisms in a Vatican office. Some also felt that Tebartz-van Elst had been targeted because he was more conservative than his predecessor in Limburg. … Continue reading

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Servers, Service, and Sex

One subset of priests I’ve known over the years have been musicians/never-pastors. In one parish I served, a semi-retired navy veteran who was a fine organist had regular liturgical duties. He preached once a month. He accompanied the choir every … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Sacraments

Great stuff from Friday. On Penance: There is no sin which He won’t pardon. He forgives everything.  ‘But father, I don’t go to confession because I have committed so many really bad sins, so many that I can’t be pardoned.’  … Continue reading

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On Peace

PrayTell posts video of the Holy Father moving off the altar platform and giving peace to sisters in wheelchairs. Lots of hand-wringing in the commentariat there, and I’d expect a more vigorous and catty dissent on other websites. Some observations: … Continue reading

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Kenyan Bishops

The bishops of Kenya: what to think? They accuse WHO and UNICEF of population control, and their case is widely acknowledged to be weak at best, and likely non-existent. Have they been duped by pseudo-science, inexperience, ignorance, or the blogosphere? … Continue reading

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120 to 140

It was whispered that Pope Francis is considering adding 20 voting cardinals. I can see the spinning that might follow from that. On the other hand, at one point no cardinals selected the pope. Things change, right?

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Curious Case Concludes

Grant Gallicho’s series on Carlos Urrutigoity concludes at dotCommonweal today. You may recall that famous renegade priest who peppered an experience of sleeping with male teens and men within a career as a self-styled rigorist within traditional Catholicism. The man surfaced … Continue reading

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