Cardinal Kasper’s Thoughts On Our Divorced And Civilly Remarried Brethren

Some folks are likely to play the “Good Cleric/Bad Cleric” game with Cardinal Kasper’s  comments about our divorced and civilly remarried brethren, but I won’t be. I’m just an regular guy, see, with no claims to knowing all the ins and outs of the theology of marriage.

I do know that Pope Francis has mentioned Cardinal Kasper’s book , Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, favorably, going as far as to say, “This book has done me such good.”

Below is a snippet of Cardinal Kasper’s comments on this important matter given in an interview published in Commonweal this morning. Read them with an open mind, and an open heart. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Wishes Patheos A Happy 5th Birthday!

Totally NOT photoshopped.

Wow! Just in time for the the big celebration, this communique just made its way into my “in” basket.

I tried to call your offices in Denver, and wish your website a happy birthday, but your number is unlisted. Instead, since I do keep up on the writings of some of my favorite Catholic bloggers on Patheos, I asked Frank Weathers to share this note with you, and the photograph of me enjoying the celebration with a little tres leche birthday cake that Archbishop Georg Gänswein special ordered for the occasion. It is very tasty. [Read more...]

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like an investment that everyone wants to buy, but no one wants to hold.”

Whut r you doin’, Frank?

Put your Bibles down, folks, because Jesus never said that. It’s just a thought that popped into my head while I was reviewing the results of the last five years of my retirement account. The seed of the thought was probably planted by my reading the gospels as I make my way trough the Bible in a year. [Read more...]

Watch “The Third Way: Homosexuality And The Catholic Church” UPDATED

Third Ways Are Nurtured Here

Contrary to popular opinion, either/or ways of living are not the hallmark of Christianity. Both/and pathways to holiness, on the other hand, are.

The Catholic Church is big on third ways, if you think about it. Ever since Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, a different way of being, of living, and of thinking, was made manifest in the world. The early Christians embraced the Way, the Truth, and the Life, without any help from civil authorities, and from a position of complete powerlessness. And yet the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, changed the world through them.

The Holy Spirit still calls us to do the same today. [Read more...]

Because the “Little Flower” Enchanted the Chinese “Legal Eagle”

I introduced readers to my Catholic friend, John C.H. Wu, a long time ago. What prompted John, a distinguished jurist, and drafter of the democratic constitution of the Republic of China (back when it was mainland China),  to swim the Tiber? Truthfully, I should have said “who” prompted him, not “what.” Blame it all on Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, “the Little Flower.” It is all her fault that my new friend John became a Catholic.

Around the year 1917, when he was 18 years old, John had made the first leap towards Rome when he became a Methodist, in Shanghai mind you. [Read more...]

To Enjoy This Triumphal Feast! Christ has Risen!

Guest post by St. John Chrysostom

If any man be devout and loves God,
Let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast!
If any man be a wise servant,
Let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.
If any have labored long in fasting,
Let him now receive his recompense.
If any have wrought from the first hour,
Let him today receive his just reward.
If any have come at the third hour,
Let him with thankfulness keep the feast. [Read more...]

The Holy Fire In The Tomb (Holy Saturday in Jerusalem)

Is it real? Or is it fake? I have no idea, dear reader. In fact, I’ve only just learned about it today, as I’m always the last one to know about things of this sort.

But it being Holy Saturday, see, the folks crammed into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre like they’ve been doing for hundreds of years, waiting for the fire to appear.

Roll clip. [Read more...]

“The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the Cross with nails.” (A Hymn for Holy Friday)

This is the 15th Antiphon of Holy Friday that is sung in the Orthodox Church, and in the Eastern Rite Catholic Church. Here is the late Archbishop Job of Chicago chanting it during the liturgy on his last Holy Friday while on Earth. It is in English, so you can sing along at the foot of the Cross with him, and with all the faithful. [Read more...]

Do You Like The Ford Mustang? On Its 50th Birthday, Thank The Catholic Who Helped God Create It.

Behold! The Pony Car comes to market, April 17, 1964
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His name is Lee Iacocca. A scrappy, first generation, American Italian, kid who got started in the car business as an engineer (schooled at LeHigh University, and Princeton), he switched gears and became a car salesman to the fledgling dealer networks that had arisen to sate the automotive appetites of post-World War II America. Iacocca preferred people, to machinery, see? [Read more...]

I Reckon My Pastor Thought I Needed Cleansing Before Easter

Because my eldest son, and I, took the holy water carrying effects of this baby full to the face.

For bringing an industrial size blessing, only natural fibers will suffice.

KA-POW!

That sucker can carry 10-20 times it’s weight in water, let me tell you. And it can part the crowds like nobody’s business. [Read more...]


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