Remember Those Nude FEMEN Protesters? French Court Imposes €1,500 Fine

FEMEN protester in Cologne Cathedral

You remember the lovely ladies from FEMEN, don't you?  They're the unseemly Ukraine-based feminists who consider it their personal mission to strip naked in demand of abortion.  They especially hate the Catholic Church for its defense of traditional morality and its opposition to abortion and same-sex "marriage." So at the 10:00 a.m. Mass in Germany's Cologne Cathedral on Christmas Day 2013, they staged a protest--desecrating the altar before being hauled off by the ushers and the … [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki Issues Pastoral Letter, Calls for All Tabernacles To Be Centered and Prominently Displayed

Chalice and paten

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, issued a pastoral letter on June 22 on liturgy and adoration. Titled "Ars celebrandi et adorandi", the letter addresses the art of celebrating the liturgy properly and adoring the Lord in the Eucharist devoutly. In the letter, Bishop Paprocki cites Fr. Robert Barron, who often speaks about the role of beauty in attracting people to the Church.  He uses Father Barron's analogy from baseball to make his point. He notes that you will … [Read more...]

Associated Press Apologizes for Its Coverage of the Irish Orphanage Story

Photo credit: Old Tuam Society / Facebook

  Associated Press has issued an apology for its errant reporting regarding claims of a mass grave for children of unwed mothers on the grounds of Tuam Home, an Irish home for unwed mothers. Since the disturbing story broke early this month regarding the Tuam Home for unwed mothers in Ireland, where 796 babies were purportedly "dumped into a septic tank",  the Patheos bloggers have been on the case. I had, early on, been concerned that the facts might not be as reported. … [Read more...]