“Our Masses are much like any other — just better done…”

While we’ve been distracted by the the communion controversy down in Washington, some interesting news on a related topic broke overseas: Archbishop Vincent Nichols has reaffirmed the Diocese of Westminster’s pastoral provision for gay Catholics following accusations that it provides a platform for dissent from Church teaching. In a statement issued today, the Archbishop of [Read More...]

Nevermind: priest who lost job over Mass language retracts resignation

The saga in Belleville continues: The Rev. William Rowe may not always go by the book during Mass, but he is digging deep into the letter of church law in an effort to regain his post as parish priest. For decades, Rowe has deviated from the language of the Roman Catholic Mass, a highly prescribed [Read More...]

Confirmed: priest fired over new translation

Remember Fr. William Rowe?  Now, there’s a followup: An Illinois bishop has confirmed that a Roman Catholic priest was fired because he “simply would not and could not pray the prayers of the Mass” under a new translation that went into effect last year. In a rare letter of explanation about an internal personnel dispute, [Read More...]

Hitler reacts to the new Roman Missal

You knew this was coming sooner or later. [Read more...]

Priest resigns over new Missal translation

Details: After 47 years as a priest, and at least two decades of straying from the Roman Catholic Missal by ad libbing parts of the Mass, the Rev. Bill Rowe of St. Mary Church has resigned under pressure from the bishop. Why? Because he doesn’t agree that a priest should be restricted to the exact [Read More...]

Happy Candlemas

In my church tonight, we’re introducing a special liturgy to mark Candlemas, featuring Vespers, the blessing of candles and concluding with Benediction. So: what exactly is Candlemas?  Glad you asked: Today is a day of purification, renewal, and hope. On this day, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we commemorate Mary’s obedience to the Mosaic law [Read More...]

A liturgical practice to give you paws

I’m not sure why I’m suddenly seeing all these stories about priests and pooches, but here’s another.  From USA TODAY (and Creative Minority Report): Father Roy Snipes has more assistance than most priests in Masses, counseling sessions and confessions: his dogs. The big mixed-breeds — sometimes as many as five of them — provide the [Read More...]

In Alaska, the changes at Mass go beyond the new missal

The bishops up north are implementing changes in posture at certain points in the liturgy — and even giving very explicit instructions on how to receive communion, right down to which hand to use and how to open your mouth: On Sunday, Nov. 27, Roman Catholic parishes across the United States and much of the [Read More...]

My first Mass with an iPad

Last year, a priest in Italy (pictured below) made headlines when he celebrated Mass using the iPad instead of a book. Now I know what it’s like. We did that today. At CNEWA, we have monthly Mass in the office boardroom, with about two dozen people, a couple of priests and (ahem) one deacon. Today, [Read More...]

Bishop’s decree: stop holding hands

Hot on the heels of the new Roman Missal translation, the Bishop of Covington, Roger J. Foys, has issued a decree clarifying the proper gestures and postures for Mass, according to rubrics laid out in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. As he notes: The rituals of the Roman Church, of which we are [Read More...]


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