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

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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 n … [Read more...]

Associated Press Apologizes for Its Coverage of the Irish Orphanage Story

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 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.  I di … [Read more...]

Why Do Catholics Bless Themselves with Holy Water?

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When you walk into the church, you dip your fingers into the holy water font and then make the sign of the cross.  But why do you do that?Why do Catholics use holy water in their worship and their devotional life? *     *     *     *     *Numbers 5:17"And he shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and he shall cast a little earth of the pavement of the tabernacle into it." *     *     *     *     * The Catholic Church teaches that Christ instituted seven "sacraments"--means by … [Read more...]


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