Dying woman gets “bucket list” wish to be married in a Catholic church

And the presider, it turns out, was a deacon. From KHOU in Houston:  Morrissia Sauer only wanted a few more moments of happiness in her final days, and on Saturday the hospice patient received the gift she’d wanted most of all — a trip down the aisle of Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with [Read More...]

Missionaries on the streets of New York City

On a snowy weekend, the Basilica of Old St. Patrick’s in New York’s Little Italy undertook a notable evangelization effort, which they’ve recounted on their Facebook page:  In the spirit of Advent, and following the call of Cardinal Timothy Dolan for every parish to have Confessions available during this time, members of Regnum Christi joined [Read More...]

Trim the tree, then clean your soul

Earlier in the week, I suggested some ways that those of us who spend a lot of time online could examine our consciences. Now comes the perfect opportunity to take the next step and go to confession. The Archdiocese of New York is hosting “Reconciliation Monday” next week, with confession at all the parishes.  They [Read More...]

Report: Methodist Mandela received communion from Catholic priest while in prison

Details:  Nelson Mandela regularly received Communion from a Catholic priest while he was a prisoner on Robben Island,The Tablet has learnt. The anti-apartheid campaigner, who died last Thursday, attended Mass and received Communion from a Jesuit chaplain, although he was raised and registered as a Methodist, the provincial of the Jesuits in East Africa said. Writing [Read More...]

An Examination of Conscience for the Internet

Since it is Advent, and since this is a time for penitence and penance, and since John the Baptist just called us last Sunday to “Repent!,” I thought it worthwhile to consider—and reconsider— how a lot of us spend our time here on the digital continent. Over the weekend, Pope Francis called on the faithful [Read More...]

More on divorce and communion: “There is no middle-ground”

From canon lawyer Ed Peters:  We live in pervasively antinomian times [editor's note: read about antinomianism here], and basic unawareness of law is all around us. Yet ignorance of what law is, of why we have it, and even of how one needs to talk about law in order to make good sense, hampers the [Read More...]

December 3, 1966

It was an unremarkable Saturday. History records that the only newsworthy event on record (or at least, on Wikipedia) was an underground nuclear test performed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. But on that day I received my First Communion. It was at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, Maryland. Today, Olney is a sprawling suburb replete with [Read More...]

Vatican official says communion for divorced and remarried Catholics will be discussed “without any taboos”

From Vatican Insider:  “A new approach needs to be taken with respect to the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees.” Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri is the prelate the Pope nominated Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Born in 1940, the Tuscan prelate has four decades of experience as a member of the Vatican diplomatic [Read More...]

German bishops defend position on communion for the divorced and remarried

From Catholic News Service:  Church officials in Germany 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. “We already have our own guidelines, and the pope has now clearly signaled that certain things can be decided locally,” said Robert Eberle, spokesman [Read More...]

Pope calls on priests to be “servants of the sacrament” of forgiveness, says he goes to confession every two weeks

From his Wednesday audience: Speaking to the the faithful during the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said the Church accompanies us on our journey of conversion for the whole of our lives, calling us to experience reconciliation in its communal and ecclesial dimension. He said that we receive forgiveness through priests [Read More...]


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