Cuomo and communion: it's private

That’s the determination of the bishop who oversees New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s diocese. Controversy erupted last month, when a canon lawyer declared that Cuomo should be denied communion because the divorced governor lives with his girlfriend. Details: One of New York State’s leading Roman Catholic bishops said on Tuesday that it was not appropriate [Read More...]

"You come to supper with the Lord, but you don't eat"

That’s the memorable remark of one priest to a member of his flock who consistently skipped communion.  How should pastors handle this? Catholic News Service has an interesting take: Father Adam Forno occasionally notices parishioners skipping the Eucharist at St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph parish in Rensselaer, where he is pastor. Sometimes, a [Read More...]

What's the big deal about shared communion?

Elizabeth Scalia, with an eye on what just happened in California, offers a perfect answer: Our Communion is much more than a mere family meal. it is a face-to-face, one-on-one, intimate encounter with Christ. This is nothing to engage in lightly. Paul warned us in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 against unworthy reception of the Eucharist and [Read More...]

The Adoration effect: "We are a church on fire"

With so much grim Church news crackling over the wires, here’s something to lift the heart. From South Coast Today in Massachusetts: A little church in a small town, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was facing tough times. The congregation was dwindling, and Mass attendance was at an all-time low. The empty confessional was collecting [Read More...]

Report: priest "concelebrated" mass with Protestant minister

It reportedly happened last weekend, in California. Details: Some parishioners at St. Norbert’s Church in Orange describe themselves as “shocked and appalled” after a priest there allowed a Presbyterian minister to concelebrate a Mass and receive Holy Communion on Sunday, Feb. 13. Sources from the parish told California Catholic Daily that Fr. Agustin Escobar (shown [Read More...]

Homily for February 13, 2011: World Marriage Day

We talk a lot in this church about vocations.  Here in the parish, we have the novena to St. Jean Vianney every summer. We host a vocations fair every year, where priests and religious set up tables and talk about their different orders.  And, of course, we pray regularly for an increase in vocations.  We [Read More...]

That iPhone confession app: it's not just for Catholics

Protestants can benefit from it, too, according to an author and philosophy professor: Like most people, John Mark Reynolds, a professor of philosophy at Biola University and co-editor of The New Media Frontier, initially thought that the app allowed users to confess and receive forgiveness through the iPhone. He told The Christian Post that his [Read More...]

"This might be the most useless thing ever created…" — UPDATED

That’s Mike Hayes, the “God Googler,” on the much-touted new confession app: I fear that people might use it as a way to just go through the motions of a checklist without thinking about their past month or so (or longer) since their last confession. I also think it might lead many to scrupulosity. Thinking [Read More...]

An evangelical goes to mass

What’s it like for a non-Catholic? One answer, from a man who visited a Benedictine abbey, comes from the Huffington Post: Contemplation is assumed. The basilica is capacious, but so is the liturgy; room to think, room to pray, room to simply be. Every cough, sneeze or rattle reverberates throughout this place. Sounds live longer [Read More...]

Deacons and the chalice: a mystery of faith

That’s how Taylor Marshall describes it, discussing that topic over on his blog. A snip: The Catholic Church has traditionally seen deacons as necessarily chaste and continent because they touch the sacred chalice. I would like to argue that the sacred chalice is itself “the mystery of faith” and this has become forgotten in modern [Read More...]


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