Why Yes, I Do Think Reforms of Annulment Process Are Needed – UPDATED

The thing I appreciate about hate mail is that, while it usually comes my way because someone on the internet is holding me up as an example of Bad Catholicism (with all of the attendant inaccuracies one finds when someone is making a sacrifice to the godling of snotty superiority), the hate mailer usually references something I'd written-and-forgotten, and usually just when I need to revisit the topic.So, then, the hate mail becomes a kind of gift. The Holy Spirit, after all, moves in … [Read more...]

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Our Death Can Happen Many Times

Found this scrawled, uncharacteristically for me, in the back of a book* --When we meet God face-to-face, it is always a moment of grace, but too it is a moment of judgment for us. Judgment day, then, can be any day, any time, any particular moment of an hour. And so our death can happen many times, a process of conversion, a process of turning to. We die to ourselves, die to a particular sin or attachment, and begin again, turning toward. We no sooner die to one thing that we … [Read more...]

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Bad Pastors Cheat the Faithful of Sacraments and Wonder

Given the burlap banners, the lack of kneelers (because heaven forbid we kneel before Christ in worship and adoration, particularly after Communion) the ridiculously pretentious (and dubiously licit) whole-wheat pitas and everything else Katrina Fernandez describes here, I would already be pre-disposed toward wanting to avoid the parish from which her grandmother was laid to rest, but this bit is really unconscionable, unpastoral, and in need of attention:Not only did he consecrate a wheat … [Read more...]

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The Burke and Kasper Videos: Epic Fail All Around – UPDATED

If you're not already fully repelled by everything in our world being politicized, this might do the trick.Seriously, when I watched these two videos -- which take a page from the political propaganda playbook -- my stomach turned. I actually had a visceral reaction to the overt manipulation at work, here. Propaganda videos, complete with dark music and heavy messaging on one side and fluffy light and goo on the other, are repellent enough in in the political arena. To see them being … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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No Confirmation Yet on Harvard Black Mass Story

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...]

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

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...]

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Annulment Reform: “Amnesty” or Necessary Mercy? UPDATED

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...]

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Synchronicity of a Sort: Divorced/Remarried Catholics and Communion

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...]

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My Prayer at Adoration

When I go to Adoration, it is such a privilege and such a humility. I go there in poverty -- unworthy of anything, but willing to be open, because I trust that all God wants of us is our willingness. Always with the reminder jangling in my brain: Weakness is sown, strength rises up.It is part-and-parcel of the great paradox: when I am weak, then I am strong.I am weak, often at my weakest, when I go to Adoration. But I know my prayer there -- even though I have nothing of myself, am … [Read more...]

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