Vatican Press Office Issues Statement re. That “Communion for Divorced” Story


The Vatican Press Office has issued a clarification regarding the Pope's statement regarding communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.Well, sort of.  What the Vatican Press Office did say, in effect, is "No comment."Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, responded this morning to widespread news reports that Pope Francis telephoned an Argentinian woman, Jacqui Lisbona.  According to a story originating with the Telegraph, the Holy Father called to tel … [Read more...]

Relics: Pious Devotion, Healing Power, or Something Else?

Last year, attending the diaconate convocation for the Archdiocese of Detroit, I wrote about how my husband and I were privileged to pray before a first-class relic of St. Teresa of Avila.And What, Exactly, Is a Relic?First, let’s clear up what it’s not.  Catholics do not, under any circumstances, “worship” relics.St. Jerome wrote, "We do not worship, we do not adore, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the creator, but we venerate the relics of the martyrs … [Read more...]

It’s CHRIST CATHEDRAL! May America’s Newest Cathedral Shine with the Light of the Gospel

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And so it’s official:  The grand glass edifice formerly known as the Crystal Cathedral has been renamed Christ Cathedral, it was announced this morning. More than 1,500 people heard the Most Reverend Tod D. Brown, Bishop of the Diocese of Orange in California, make the announcement today at the close of the ordination ceremony in St. Columban Church, where he ordained four new priests who will serve the diocese. The Crystal Cathedral was designed by architect Philip Johnson, and opened in … [Read more...]