US Bishops Have No Case in Court If They Won’t Stand for the Faith at Home

Remember when "Real Catholic TV" was told to drop the word "Catholic" from its name?  Quick refresher from CNA: During its time as “Real Catholic TV,” the apostolate was told by the Archdiocese of Detroit that it did not have permission to describe itself as “Catholic.” The Roman Catholic Church's current Code of Canon Law states that “no undertaking is to claim the name 'Catholic'” without authorization. Now called "Church Militant TV," the group errs conservative and a bit prickly, and occasi … [Read more...]

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What I’m Reading: For the Union and the Catholic Church by Max Longley

Worth noting from the review pile: For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War by Max Longley, McFarland & Company, 2015.So far so good.  It's a look at the civil war through the eyes of four notable Union-side Catholic converts - the first black American priest; a general and his brother a bishop; and the editor of a Catholic newspaper.  Already the fight is getting good here: Nor was Rosecrans hesitant to mingle religion with antislavery views.  The previous y … [Read more...]

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Is Your Parish Your Community? Or Not So Much?

The topic of loneliness and exclusion from parish life came up recently, and I threw down the gauntlet: I don't think most of us have a real community at our parishes.  Even those who seem so busy or involved or catered to don't necessarily have much going on in terms of genuine social and spiritual relationships.To which I propose the following quiz, to see if your parish really is your community.  Not counting close family members:Do the people you sit near regularly at Mass know your … [Read more...]

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Dear Every Priest I’ve Ever Known,

Thank you for keeping your clothes on.  One can only take the St. Francis thing so far.Sincerely,Everyone You've Ever Known.St. Francis Facepalm by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (known as Guercino or Il Guercino),  [Public Domain] courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. … [Read more...]

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Your Church Might Be Populated By Humans If . . .

In my reading this past week I was struck by a passage that seemed to sum up the state of the Catholic Church in the United States today.  It's describing a completely different time and place, but if we switch out a few words (noted by italics), we get: Indeed, the effects of doctrinal and liturgical conflict were even more far-reaching than changing religious attitudes and parish membership patterns suggest.  A decade of "enforting themselves," of hearing the horror stories of refugees and the … [Read more...]

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Where Are You Going, Catholic Church?

Patheos is hosting a symposium on "The Future of Faith in America" and you can read the Catholic highlights at Elizabeth Scalia's place.  I don't do predictions, but I do like strategy, so let's talk about that. We Have Everything Going For Us If we want it, the Catholic faith could be on the verge of a renewal to knock the socks off all the other renewals.  In our favor:Being Catholic today is weird and countercultural.  It's not something you do out of habit or convention. Young Cat … [Read more...]

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Why God-Centered Liturgy Matters So Much

It is, of course, a sin against the virtue of justice to spend your Mass singing songs about yourself, since it is to God that we owe our worship. But just in case fear of the Almighty wasn't enough for you, a story about why this is also a sin against your fellow man:So I have this friend, Eastern Orthodox, who expressed interest in visiting a Catholic parish near her home.  I told her I'd watch for some mutually-convenient occasion, since on Sunday mornings she's at her church, and thus … [Read more...]

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