The Anglican wars roll on (and Holy Communion for dogs)

The German Shepherd's name was Trapper and he came to St. Peter's Anglican Church with his owner, a newcomer at the historic Toronto parish.At the end of the Mass, Trapper went forward with everyone else for Holy Communion. That's when the vicar, in what she later described as a welcoming gesture, served the dog some of the consecrated bread that Anglicans believe has -- in a mysterious manner -- become the body of Jesus Christ.So one parishioner complained to the bishop and, in a flash, … [Read more...]

Columbine, Newtown and our culture of death

Blame it on the guns.No, blame the judges who banned Godtalk in schools, along with most lessons about right and wrong.No, our lousy national mental health care system caused this hellish bloodbath.No, the problem is the decay of American families, with workaholic parents chained to their desks while their children grow up in suburban cocoons with too much time on their hands.No, it's Hollywood's fault. How can children tell the difference between fantasy and reality when they've been … [Read more...]

St. Peter in Westminster Abbey

During his long exile in Normandy, the Saxon prince who would become known as Edward the Confessor vowed that he would make a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter once he returned to England.After his coronation as king, the pope released Edward from this vow -- if he built a monastery dedicated to the first bishop of Rome. Thus, St. Peter's Abbey was rebuilt in Westminster.Pope Benedict XVI gently stressed this history in the first words of his address during his recent visit to Westminster … [Read more...]


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