“Yes we will use a Consecrated Host” at Harvard “Black Mass”

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Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to "research this", saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today.She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event there, … [Read more...]

No Confirmation Yet on Harvard Black Mass Story

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I saw this last night at the Women of Grace site, and was skeptical. I remain so today:The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting a black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple and which will include a consecrated host.According to a press release from The Satanic Temple, they plan on presenting the black mass at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA along with “an academic narration that explores the ritual’s unique history and pra … [Read more...]

Phone Fallout: Prince of the Air vs Jesus’ Teaching 4 UPDATES

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Billy Crystal used to do a great bit mimicking Edward G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments:An echo of that appeared in my email the other day from a traditionally-minded Catholic who -- having taken previous exception to my having "made excuses" for Pope Francis' very different style -- was incensed over the news that the "Cold-call Pope" had done it again, to great general confusion.The writer was at pains to be civil, but between the lines, I could almost see Edward G. Robinson … [Read more...]

Annulment Reform: “Amnesty” or Necessary Mercy? UPDATED

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During the Great Big Illegal Immigration Brouhaha of 2006—a drama of conservative hyperventilation and La Raza flag-waving parades that has since been repeated each May preceding a mid-term election—about two thousand of my blog readers left, never to return. They left because I had argued for the reform of a bogged-down and inefficient National Immigration Service, and the creation of a reasonable path to citizenship for peaceful people who had often been living in America for yea … [Read more...]

Synchronicity of a Sort: Divorced/Remarried Catholics and Communion

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Earlier this morning, I filed my copy for my regular column at First Things -- a piece that explores the means by which divorced and remarried Catholics might be readmitted into full Eucharistic communion at Holy Mass.The column doesn't run until tomorrow, but it strikes me as being particularly timely thanks to this story by Andrea Tornielli:“A new approach needs to be taken with respect to the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees.” Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri is the … [Read more...]

Assumption of Mary, Where Science and Theology are Met

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I've never understood why people who have no problem with Elijah and Enoch being assumed into paradise have a problem with Mary -- the greatest, and most blessed of all created creatures -- being assumed into heaven. "It's not in scripture" doesn't cut it, (as Msgr. Charles Pope demonstrates here) because what did the early Christians reference before the bible as we know it finally came into being in the fifth century? Teachings and traditions, as Saint Paul writes to the Thessalonians, … [Read more...]

Too Funny: Is the Pope Cribbing from Deacon Greg? – UPDATES

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We've had a little fun, noting how frequently his Holiness brings up idolatry in his homilies and talks (he just did it again, on June 2!); the joke, of course, is that he and I are mind-melding.Now it seems Deacon Greg and Pope Francis are visiting a similar frequency. Posting his homily early, as he always does, the good Deacon preached this about the Solemnity of Corpus Christi:Communion is, to a great extent, about community. It is about being united in love for Christ, love for … [Read more...]

“the usual efforts at Church reform are useless…”

The English writer and mystic Caryll Houselander is one of those people whose work I keep meaning to read, because every time I am exposed to even a little of her thinking, I'm intrigued and want more -- she always puts me a bit in mind of Heather King.At the Philanthropy Daily blog, Scott Walter serves up a dose of Houselander that packs a relevant wallop: Pope Francis’ election reminded me of a passage in Houselander's letters.She's writing to a Mr. St. George about [a man whose t … [Read more...]

Political Narratives or the Pope? Dross to Gold.

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Immersion in Benedict resignation news, I find the worldly political stories to be stale theater in comparison to the richness of the words I am reading and the authenticity of the pope and the faithful as they meet. Dross to genuine gold.In what is likely his last public homily, Benedict today said: "he reward of the righteous is God Himself, to be united to Him, here, on a journey of faith, and at the end of life, in the peace light of coming face to face with Him forever." Part of me is … [Read more...]

Jesus and the Hemorrhagic Woman: Accountability and Thanksgiving

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Today's Gospel reading (Mark 5:21-43) tells us of Jairus' plea to Jesus, that he go to his sick little girl, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”Oh, that spoke to me; on a snowy, cold morning, with the arthritis screaming, I read that and thought, "me too, that I may move!"Along the way to Jairus' home, we read what is (for me, anyway) one of the richest and most powerful stories of Christ's healings:There was a wom … [Read more...]


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