What’s the scoop on Medjugorje?

One of the most balanced writers on this subject, across several years, has been Diane Korzeniewski, whose blog Te Deum laudamus  has followed the saga of Medjugorje with clarity and charity. She responds today to reports in Italian media that appear to quote people with inside information who have concluded that what is happening in [Read More...]

My favorite church

It’s where my wife and I were married 27 years ago: the chapel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. We paid a visit today, before heading back to New York, and had the privilege of praying during Adoration and sharing in the celebration of the mid-day Mass. There were about 70 or 80 [Read More...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe—in Los Angeles?

Yes. Believed to be the only relic of its kind in the United States, part of St. Juan Diego’s miraculous tilma is on permanent display in a side chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Details: The relic is a small piece that was detached from the tilma and given to Archbishop [Read More...]

For the Philippines: Pope John Paul’s Stella Maris Prayer

O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea. As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O [Read More...]

On Medjugorje: “Numerous absurd messages, insincerities, falsehoods, and disobedience…”

Aleteia has a roundup of reaction from prominent Catholic theologians and priests to the news that the CDF has cracked down on participation in Medjugorje-related events. Details (with a h/t to Diane over a Te Deum) Author and pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan, Fr. George Rutler views the Medjugorje phenomenon overall very negatively [Read More...]

CDF issues letter on Medjugorje; warns against taking authenticity of apparitions for granted—UPDATED

From Rorate Caeli:  At the very least it signals that the Medjugorje Commission is still actively investigating the alleged “apparitions”, and refutes the assumption, held in some “Marian” circles, that the apparitions are presumed to be genuine pending the final judgment of Rome. The letter reads, in part: The Congregation has affirmed that, with regard to the [Read More...]

Breezy Point’s Mary statue to be part of Sandy remembrance

From the Wall Street Journal:  On Tuesday night, St. Thomas More church will once again be the cornerstone of Breezy Point, the close-knit, mostly Irish community where hundreds of homes burned and flooded during superstorm Sandy. To remember the one-year anniversary, the church will host a Mass with readings and a sermon. And at the center of [Read More...]

Two popes, one mother and the rosary

In 2005, the monthly magazine 30 Days invited 20 cardinals from around the world to share their remembrances of the just-deceased Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio—now, of course, Pope Francis—wrote the following: If I remember well it was 1985. One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by [Read More...]

Homily for the Vigil of the Assumption

[From the vault: here's my 2010 homily for the vigil of tomorrow's feast.] Years ago, a friend gave me a holy card with an unusual depiction of the Blessed Mother. She is visibly pregnant, and reading from a book – praying from scripture. As my friend explained to me: it’s a great image for a [Read More...]

The Assumption and the “Wedding of the Sea”

Thursday marks the Solemnity of the Assumption—n.b., a holy day of obligation—and an occasion for some memorable traditions, most notably the blessing of sea water. This is a custom we started at my parish several years ago (even though we are a long subway ride from the Atlantic Ocean). One of the priests collects some [Read More...]


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