The Altar Server

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I found this at Fr. Z, and thought it was worth a share. It’s a very reverent look at the role of the “altar boy” (in this case, not a boy but a man), what he needs to bring to his job, and what he does for the mass itself. The focus is pretty clearly [Read More...]

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Chaput: “Embody it, witness it, live it.”

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Cardinal Dolan gets the lion’s share of the headlines, but we have another brilliant leader in the American church: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. I’ve had an opportunity to report on the Philadelphia diocese over the past few years, and his work there has been astonishing: bold, decisive, charitable, intelligent, and, always, deeply faithful. He [Read More...]

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Adelaide Procter: The Church in 1849 … And Now

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I intended just to share one of Adelaide Procter’s Christmas poems, but “The Church in 1849″ seemed too relevant to skip. We all think we’re sailing through unique trials that will shake the church, but every generation faces such trials. We will have our difficulties, particularly since a majority of our coreligionists voted for a [Read More...]

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Thanks, Y’all

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I’ve never been one of those folks who, come Thanksgiving, likes to make lists of all the things for which I’m thankful. I just kind of think of them and rhetorically wave in their general direction and give a thumbs up.  See, there are all kinds of things I like, such as good food, beer, and [Read More...]

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Piskie-Roman Dustup in San Francisco

On October 1st, Episcopalian bishop Marc Andrus published an obnoxious letter “welcoming” Salvatore Cordileone as the new Archbishop of San Francisco … by implying that he’s just a knuckle-dragging Iron Age bigot and decent Catholics should join the rapidly-draining Piskie Pond to get away from such a horrible person. (Why did he have to write a letter to his entire diocese [Read More...]

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Mark Shea: Worst. Person. Ever.

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One thing about blogging at Patheos: you can’t choose your neighbors. It was a pretty quiet place around here when the Right Kind of Catholics made up most of the blogroll, but then they started letting anybody in. I knew things were really going to hell when Mark Shea first showed up. As an author, [Read More...]

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Cardinal Dolan on “True Freedom”

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In his new ebook, published this morning, Cardinal Dolan makes a quick and bracing call for a return of natural law against the utilitarianism and moral relativism that currently define modern law and public policy. Adapted from his speech for the Law and the Gospel of Life Series given at Fordham Law School’s Institute on [Read More...]

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“Saying stupid stuff in Latin doesn’t make it smart”

Fr. Powell does a fine Fisking of the most notorious quote from LCWR keynote speaker Barbara Marx Hubbard, in which she spouts raw heresy about the resurrection. Although we may never know what really happened [So, "what really happened" is not recorded in the Gospels?], we do know that the story told in the Gospels [Read More...]

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