Secretary John Kerry Gets An Earful From The Vatican SecState Regarding The HHS Mandate

The big headline was all about Pope Francis’s strong words regarding the horror of abortion. Let others be shocked that il Papa stands for the culture of life. The neat thing to me was that the comments were made to the envoys to the Holy See. Ambassadors will have a few things to report back to their respective Chief Executives, etc.

The tidbit that stealthily stood out to me, though, was the mention of the 100 minute long meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin. They discussed, among other important things, the HHS Mandate. Francis X. Rocca of the Catholic News Service spells it out below, [Read more…]

Because You Never Know When Andrea Boccelli Will Show Up And Sing At Mass

“For Christmas, I want absolutely to have a mass, and for this occasion, if they ask me to sing, I sing, I’m happy about it.”

You know, to kick off the Octave of Christmas. That’s the case if you went to Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami, yesterday.
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Have a Very Merry Rock n’ Roll Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner, so you all know what that means? Music, of course. And as the Christmas season lasts until the Feast of the Epiphany, I can cue up a few videos in advance of the celebration, and keep right on going with it well into the New Year. [Read more…]

An Advent Mix (Music for Mondays)

It’s the first week of Advent, and though by no means is this the definitive Advent Music mix, I hope you will enjoy it. We have a couple of versions of a timeless classic, Matthew Maher, an unknown group, an ensemble, Joan Osbourne, and Rare Earth, believe it or not.

To start it off, here’s a New Wave lamentation from Naked Eyes[Read more…]

Pope Francis Cancels Vatican Halloween Celebrations?!

Strike that. There are no Vatican Halloween celebrations. You’ve been tricked.

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Lou Reed, Requiescat In Pace

I just heard the news that Lou Reed passed away. Rolling Stone has an obituary up, as does every other wire service on the planet.

If he was anything like me, he was probably a big time sinner. So I said a prayer for his soul, and the souls of everyone else who have passed on to eternity with him today. [Read more…]

A Short Communique From His Imperial Majesty’s Government…

Here’s some music to listen to too, while The Empire Shuts Down. [Read more…]

Because Jesus, His Disciples, and the Old Testament, Said Plenty About Hell

Anyone know the artist?

And once again, it’s inconvenient to the spirit of the age. But regardless of whether that is the case, the cycle of readings lead us to the passage where Jesus tells the story of Lazarus and the rich man in the gospel reading this Sunday. [Read more…]

NARAL Mistakes “Go Directly to Jail” Card for the “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card UPDATED

Community Chest cards are yellow. Oops.

Pope Francis, see, had a little something to say to OB/GYN’s today. It’s probably a talk the Main Stream Media missed after they put him in the “all clear/ ignore” box after yesterday’s bombshell interview. [Read more…]

Trappist Nuns in Syria to President Obama: Send Us Your Prayers, Not Your Missiles UPDATED

We heard from Pope Francis earlier today, but how about testimony from folks who are a little closer to the action? Catholic World Report has a letter from Cistercian nuns who moved their monastery to Azeir, in Northern Syria, back in 2005. Here’s a snippet from an open letter they wrote to the world a few days ago. [Read more…]