“As the Rascals always say: ‘If you can’t pass the test, change the test!’ But it’s hard to pass the test when the test itself keeps changing (or evolving!).” (The Famous Words of a Living Virginian) On the Feast of … Continue reading
Reading Vatican Insider today, the thought struck me that they may have contracted with the editorial staff of The Onion for their coverage of the Synod on the Family. But this is no joke. The quotes below are attributed to Vatican spokesman, … Continue reading
In the recent months, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that one should have more mercy with those Catholics who are divorced and remarried civilly. In the context of the current discussion within the Church about Divorce, and how to deal … Continue reading
There is a close parallel between the battle over the indissolubility of marriage now taking place in the Church and the contraception debacle of the late 1960s. Pope John XXIII started, and Pope Paul VI greatly expanded, the Papal Commission on … Continue reading
Rorate Caeli: Sandro Magister, the respected Vatican correspondent for the Italian paper ‘L’Espresso’, recently published an article with the shock title; ‘When the Church of Rome Forgave Second Marriages’. Magister describes the current push to abandon the discipline of the Church and … Continue reading
Thankfully, the Anglicans are keeping the actual formula for baptism intact and valid. The children are still baptized Catholic and remain so until they make a choice to reject Catholic truth. If they are taken by God before they attain … Continue reading
UCANews: Church officials in Germany have defended plans by the country’s bishops’ conference to allow some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, insisting they have the Pope’s endorsement. Robert Eberle, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Freiburg: “We already have our … Continue reading
Zenit: The Holy Father reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the forgiveness of God during his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning. Pope Francis commented on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, a reading where Paul professes that “I … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasized the importance of hearing confessions, according to a priest who was present at the meeting. More here.
Great Idea. Father Zuhlsdorf : I think the world of Bp. Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa. He initiated a liturgical renewal in the diocese, he has been supportive of the Clear Creek Monastery, he sponsored workshops for exorcists. A few more bishops like … Continue reading
Rorate Caeli: Up to this Sunday, the decades-old movement for the imposition of a legal change of the definition of marriage to include unnatural unions of two people of the same sex (not “gender”, sex) seemed so overwhelming as to appear unstoppable. … Continue reading
Medieval romances generally fell into four categories: the Matter of Rome, which dealt with such classical heroes as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar; the Matter of France, whose tales were inhabited by Charlemagne and such heroes as his nephew … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Ireland’s justice minister has confirmed that Catholic priests are required by law to break the seal of confession to report abuse of children. More on this here with links.
In his weekly column for the Washington DC Archdiocesan website, Monsignor Charles Pope raises the question of the meaning of the word used by Saints Matthew and Luke in the petition for “our daily bread” in the Our Father prayer.