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...]

Red Bull mocks confession

I first heard this joke a few years ago … and I’m frankly surprised that someone thought it would make a good commercial. Well, truth be told, it doesn’t. What seemed naughty and irreverent as a joke comes off here as just tacky.  And what this has to do with Red Bull remains a mystery [Read More...]

Feeling penitent? There's an app for that

And, it’s the first to have the official blessing of the Catholic Church. From the National Catholic Register: Readers may recall a recent post about the offensive Penance App that came out in December that makes a mockery of the Church. Well, iPhone users now have a Church-approved App that could actually be beneficial to [Read More...]

Would you like your funeral streamed live?

Welcome to the brave new world of the YouTube funeral, where grieving friends and relatives no longer have to travel cross country to bid goodbye to the dearly departed. Now you can do it online. From the New York Times: In an age of commemorating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries on Facebook and Twitter, it was [Read More...]

Pope: no one has the right to wed

As fate would have it, I’m meeting with a couple of people this week to help them begin the annulment process.  So this news out of the Vatican today was especially timely. Details: Pope Benedict has asked Catholic priests to do a better job preparing people for marriage, saying that no one has an automatic [Read More...]


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