Dear Choir Director: Let’s Make a Deal

 I try hard not to be a cranky Catholic.  I may have a personal preference, but I can appreciate all kinds of worship styles, even those that some folks regard with disdain:  Organ and guitar.  Choir and community.  Gregorian chant and David Haas vocals.  Latin and vernacular.I do have one issue, though, which no one from the post-Vatican II era of the St. Louis Jesuits seems to understand:  I can't pray over the sound of pop music.That means that as I approach to receive commu … [Read more...]

Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul Burns As Conversion Deadline Passes

The news is chockful of bad news about the fate of Christians in Mosul.  If you're not careful, your eyes glaze over and you shake your head and move on to the next story--because after all, it's not happening here.The burning of an 1800-year-old church is the latest in a series of burnings and desecrations by ISIS. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian website released this photo of a church being destroyed.According to Shoebat.com: The burning of the church took place while forty five … [Read more...]


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