Archbishop Lori On The SCOTUS Decision To Hear HHS Mandate Cases…

Just in from the USSCB,

WASHINGTON—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to hear arguments in the cases of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties. [Read more…]

The MSM Extraordinary Synod On The Pastoral Care Of Families Has Been Held. The Church’s Has Not.

Just FYI. In fact, the Church’s synod isn’t due to begin until October of 2014. You know, next year. But that doesn’t stop folks from speculating about what will come about as a result of it.

In an effort to help folks maintain an even strain, keep their heads on straight, and not jump to conclusions (good luck with that!), Archbishop Gerhard Müller, via L’Osservatore Romano, published the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of the history and development of her teachings on marriage. [Read more…]

Too Cool Not To Share: Pope Francis’s Five Finger Prayer

H/T Patheos Catholic Portal on Facebook.

Because of the Disenchantment of Miley Cyrus UPDATED

The Smiths, disenchanted.

The other day I lamented losing an hour to reading Joseph Bottum’s personal essay about his ideas on how the Church should handle the Same Sex Marriage situation.

I would trade that experience in a heartbeat in order to get back the 8 minutes I lost in seeing the depths our culture has sunk to as Miley Cyrus performed at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. [Read more…]

Remember the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree? True Story.

First fruits of 2012

Our fig tree has a bumper crop in  store for us this year. The first fruits of the harvest are in and they are very tasty. It’s time to buy some prosciutto and blue cheese, make more jam, etc. While I look forward to that, here is the post from last year (7/23/2012) about my fig tree and the parable whose story it closely resembles.

Remember the parable of the barren fig tree? Honestly, I’ve lived it. [Read more…]

Robert Hugh Benson Helps Explain How the Catholic Church Sees Jesus and Infallibility…

Jesus giving St. Peter the Keys

Which also helps explain why when the Catholic Church holds a teaching as being true, there will be no modification of it. I’ll discuss a few examples of this in the near future.

But first, Monsignor Benson, a convert from the Church of England, helps make it clear for Christians of all stripes how the Church interacts with the Deposit of Faith. Especially in terms of when She speaks as the voice of Christ to the world. [Read more…]

Pope Francis Mentions Pelagians in His Chrism Mass Homily…

Pelagius resembles Grumpy Cat!

And everyone runs for their history books!

Oh wait. Not really.  [Read more…]

What Living the Christian Faith is Like, In a Nutshell…

Courtesy of Rumer Goddin’s opening paragraph from This House of Brede, [Read more…]

Papal History Being Made, Right Here, Right Now UPDATED

The True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Today Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus met at Castel Gandolfo. In terms of historically rare moments, it doesn’t get much better than this. [Read more…]

And I Have a Dedication for Hans Küng…

 

And his dreamy, utopian vision of a Church prostituted to the whims and caprices of public opinion.

Sing it, Steve. [Read more…]