Flowers Before His Majesty!

Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us. Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving and sing joyful songs to the Lord.Is that not a wonderful picture? Shamelessly cribbed from The Crescat (where Carolina Cannonball has a knack of finding great photos and works of art) - we see the child joyfully strewing the path with flowers by the handful and with abandon. She is fearless and self-possessed; the beloved daughter of the King who follows, splendid in … [Read more...]

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The Leadership Void; we need St. Benedict

Deacon Greg sent this my way, noting, "this is extraordinary, and the piece mentions you, too!"Such a star, I am!What is "extraordinary" is the lengthy post Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley put up in his blog, addressing the criticism he has received for presiding (in a very minimalist way, it must be said) at the Funeral Mass of Sen. Ted Kennedy.For the record, I wasn't one of those suggesting Kennedy should not have a Catholic funeral; my gripe was with the sanctification of the man … [Read more...]

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"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of":4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pi … [Read more...]

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St. Catherine’s Sons and Daughters

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaSt. Catherine of Siena - one of my all-time favorite saints. She was not -as many believe- a professed nun of the Order of St. Dominic (Order of Preachers) but rather what we would today call a "lay" Dominican, like our new friend Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.She was a woman who bucked every trend of her time, and dared to write to a pope, telling him what he must do: "Be a manly man..." she exhorted … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage and the Move to control the Church

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of AmericaWell, here we are.As I wrote in the comments section, here, back in 2006:I have no doubt that within the next few decades that will find … [Read more...]

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Benedict: The Last 20th Century Man: UPDATED

:::SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE:::It seems almost silly to say I am bringing coverage of Benedict XVI's extraordinary sojourn in America to a close (actually, my final final thoughts are here) because the truth is I will likely be reading all of his addresses more closely and bringing them up in coming weeks, but the wall-to-wall writing will end here. I do want, though, to end with a thought that blipped through my head when Benedict was in DC, and again as he addressed the United … [Read more...]

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A Look Back At An Extraordinary Month

Hugh Hewitt is raising an eyebrow as he links to the LA Times' review of John Allen's new book on Pope Benedict XVI. I think the review is as fair as anything written in the LA Times can be - they will always throw their bones to the left and make sure they get in a jab here or there.Allen's book is entitled The Rise of Benedict XVI The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church, and I am sure, since it is John Allen that it will be researched to the … [Read more...]

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Harry Potter and the Pope

I've had two emails from people asking me my thoughts on the Pope Hates Harry story. One email was very nice and simply wanted to know my thoughts, as a Harry Potter fan. The other was rather spiteful, sneering that since the Pope didn't like Harry I would now have to distance myself from the books or risk being a "hypocrite" and a "bad Catholic." Because we Catholics are "mindless sheep."What nonsense.Pope Benedict XVI is a good an holy man whom I respect and revere, but I needn't take … [Read more...]

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Angry protests: The Pope is just TOO Catholic

Before you read this little tantrum, let me translate it for you: Please, please PLEASE say that everything the church has said for 2000 years is WRONG??? Please??? Awww...We'll be your friend! Please? Aw, why won't you? It's just gonna dimantle your church, a little, well, maybe more than a little but...but at least you'll be, you know... Cool. Don't you want to be cool? Aw, you suck.PLANNED PARENTHOOD LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST POPE BENEDICT XVIPlanned Parenthood has launched a … [Read more...]

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Two Popes, One leader

From the National Catholic Register. Very well-worth reading.The new name fit John Paul’s larger-than-life presence. He was, in one iconic description, the "spark that flew forth from Poland to set fire to the whole world." He rallied huge crowds of people as a bishop in Poland, and as Pope. In the images we remember, he is often driving through a sea of people in his popemobile, or standing in front of an ocean of faces with his arms raised.Pope Benedict XVI’s name also fits his very dif … [Read more...]

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