Why children need real heroes and true history...
Some claim that the main reason to learn history is to avoid the past mistakes of others. While there is admittedly some benefit to learning history for that reason, this is nevertheless a merely negative prohibition. But from a Catholic perspective—from a human perspective—the main reason to study history has a superlatively positive motivation. It is to learn virtue.
Let’s study the impact of the Traditional Latin Mass...
In Traditionis Custodes (Guardians of the Tradition), the motu proprio that sets out provisions for curtailing the availability of the Mass based on the 1962 Missal promulgated by Pope St. John XXIII (here referred to as the traditional Latin Mass), Pope Francis states that his decisions are based on consultations with bishops worldwide (the results of which have never been made public).
Ties that bind? Concerning journalism, Grindr, secrecy, ‘homophobia’ and the Latin Mass...
Early in my religion-beat career, a veteran Catholic leader gave me wise advice about the challenges reporters would face covering the emerging national scandals about sexual abuse by bishops and priests. Never forget, he said, that these scandals are not about “left vs. right.” Plenty of people, across the whole spectrum of Catholic life, have secrets in the past and some in the present.
Many Catholics who felt lost after Vatican II found comfort in the Latin Mass. Now, they are hurting again...
There were many exorcisms at my baptism. I gasped when the deacon showed me the text. It was several pages thick, packed with stern rebukes for the minions of Satan. Infant baptisms are relatively brief in the extraordinary form, but adult converts get a more thorough cleansing. “It makes sense,” I laughingly told a friend. “The demons have had more time to work on me.”
The indicted Cardinal Becciu has now filed (or threatened to file) around 10 lawsuits against media outlets and other critics...
Though it hardly made a dent in the weekend’s news cycle given Pope Francis’s bombshell crackdown on the Latin Mass, Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu announced his latest lawsuit Saturday, in this case suing an Italian newspaper called La Verità for defamation over a report regarding movements of money in Becciu’s home diocese in Sardinia.
A cry from the heart about ‘Traditionis Custodes’ and the Latin Mass...
I must say that I am grieved and stunned by this document and the letter to the bishops that accompanied it. I think not so much of my own potential loss but of the many Catholics I have served who love the extraordinary form. For so long and in so many places they have often been treated harshly and have been marginalized for their love for the form of the liturgy that most of the saints knew.
Traditional Latin Mass, Canada’s residential schools, fear of schism, and Father James Martin’s alarm at The Pillar story...
Horrified by today’s blockbuster story from Pillar, the ubiquitous Father James Martin, SJ, worries that if Catholic journalists are going to investigate cell-phone usage, we should all be worried. Why? If you could obtain my cell-phone records, you’d find them mighty boring. Why would someone assume that there’s damaging information in anyone’s private records?
The matrimonial gift: “With my body I thee worship...”...
In last week’s article, I made the claim that not only is it possible for someone to give a gift without expectations or demands from the receiver, it is in fact necessary that this be the case. Otherwise, it is not a gift, but a transaction. Does this always hold though? What about conjugal love between husband and wife?
Msgr. Burrill and the ‘Droit du Monseigneur’...
If Burrill is guilty of what the data indicate, then it’s important to know if he used his position at the NAC to groom others, or in some other way participated in, or turned a blind eye to, predation. It cannot be said enough: these things happen in networks...
My soul takes pleasure in three beautiful things — agreement between brothers, friendship between neighbors, and a wife and a husband who live in harmony...
I wonder what these words sound like to the young. I imagine they sound rather innocuous; I think they would have to me. Sure, of course those three things are great. It is fascinating how life experience can open our eyes. To the challenge of what was presumed easy. To the rareness of what seemed common. To the gift of what was taken for granted.
Praise miraculously broke St. Paul’s chains — and praising God is what will break your chains too...
You’re probably making a very common mistake with your prayer life, making it more about you than about God. However, I’ve got a simple fix that I can sum up in one word: praise. An attitude of praise toward God will revolutionize your prayer life. Iit’ll revolutionize your life, period!
How to know if you’ve become a ‘Coca-Cola Catholic,’ and how to fix it if you are...
Coca-Cola Catholicism is characterized by worship that is warm and fuzzy and sweet. Anodyne sermons that are about anything but the gospel of Jesus Christ — bland exhortations to be nicer people or to be more tolerant — or pep talks to boost self-esteem. This is combined with hokey, sentimental music with saccharine songs about gathering together and feeling the Spirit all gooey and sweet.
US Bishops Weigh Next Steps on Traditional Latin Mass While Others Fear Further Division...
Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis Custodes has restricted celebration of the traditional Latin Mass in a way that some fear could cause more division, despite the Pope’s stated aim to achieve greater unity within the Church and curb what he calls “divisive tendencies” among those attached to the older form of the Mass.
Can calamities come to us? Yes. But when these calamities come, will the Lord still be with us? Yes...
Today I will be speaking to you about why the Jewish calendar is different from our own, about why this Sunday is of special significance in Jewish history, and about the enduring faithfulness of our Lord for towards people. Like many ancient cultures, the Jews kept a lunar calendar, while we, and most of the world today, follow a particular solar calendar...
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