Two Hymns I Will Not Sing

I love to sing at Mass.  Recalling an adage attributed to St. Augustine, I believe that he who sings, prays twice.From my vantage point in the third row, I want Jesus--waiting and listening from up there in the tabernacle--to hear my prayer; and so I sing loudly.(This is a problem when I'm surrounded by tight-lipped pewsitters.  I once carried a tune well; but following a throat infection years ago, I'm wont to drop a full octave here and there, especially on "D" notes.  It's em … [Read more...]

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The Naked Woman in Cologne Cathedral and Her American Paparazzi Connection

On Christmas Day, as the 10 a.m. high Mass got underway in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral, a young woman in the front row stripped off her coat, exposing her naked body, rushed to the sanctuary and climbed atop the great altar.  Painted across the screaming woman’s bare chest were the words “I AM GOD.”Josephine Witt, the protestor, was a 20-year-old philosophy student and a member of the feminist anarchist group FEMEN.  Before Cardinal Joachim Meisner could begin the prayers of the Mass, she was … [Read more...]

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“Be Submissive?” Spanish Feminists Must Really Hate Today’s Second Scripture Reading

Get Married and Be Submissive.  That’s the advice coming from a best-selling new book by Italian author Costanza Miriano.And while the book—which was published in Spain with the support of Francisco Javier Martinez, the Catholic Archbishop of the Spanish city of Granada—has hit the top of the Amazon charts, the just-released Spanish-language edition Cásate y se sumisa has provoked Spanish feminists.  Protesters have taken to the streets, ripping copies of the book to shreds, claiming it promo … [Read more...]

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