“We Are Church” Movement Leader Is “Shocked” by Her Excommunication

From the We Are Church USA website, a photo of the LCWR Chicago vigil

Martha Holzer, a senior leader in the dissident Catholic group We Are Church, is "shocked" that Pope Francis has taken the extraordinary step of excommunicating her and her husband Gert. Pope Francis took this action after the pair "simulated the Mass"--that is, they regularly took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at her home with no priest present.  The Church considers the simulation of the Mass a delictum gravius, or “grave delict”. *     *     *     *     … [Read more...]

Sr. Jeannine Gramick Asks Obama to Expand Abortion Coverage Worldwide

Jeannine Gramick

Sister Jeannine Gramick, dissident nun and co-founder of the controversial New Ways Ministry, has joined with 30 other faith-based groups from the Protestant, Jewish and Muslim faiths to petition President Obama to clarify, then repeal the Helms amendment, which restricts aid funding for abortion services. The Helms amendment, which was introduced in 1973, prohibits the use of U.S. aid monies to fund abortion as a method of family planning or to "motivate or coerce any person to practice … [Read more...]

Dom Sebastian Moore’s “Poor Little Who”–I Don’t Get It!

Dom Sebastian Moore

Dom Sebastian Moore, Benedictine monk, moral theologian and poet, died on February 28 at the age of 96.  His funeral will be held March 14 at Downside Abbey. A controversial figure in the Church, Moore was an avowed homosexual; he disagreed openly with Pope John Paul II's thought-provoking body of writings which, collectively, are known as "The Theology of the Body."   He made it his habit to write a sonnet every day--and frequently, his poems took pot shots at elements of the Catholic … [Read more...]