January 17, 2019

Details:  The Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying it would be “unconstitutional” to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus a disqualifying criteria for public office. The resolution passed by unanimous consent, meaning it went unopposed by senators of either party. The Jan. 16 resolution was drafted and introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in response to recent questions put to a judicial nominee, which suggested membership in the Knights could prevent someone serving impartially as a judge. Citing the protection of… Read more

January 17, 2019

  The other day, I posted on the symposium on women deacons that was just held at Fordham University — and this morning, Rita Ferrone adds more details, with a pastoral perspective:  Sr. Donna Ciangio injected a contemporary pastoral ministry component and some lively urgency into the proceedings by describing and quoting the thoughts of lay people in her parish and participants in a pilot study group she conducted on the subject of women deacons. In her parish, for example,… Read more

January 16, 2019

From Vatican Media: The Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on Wednesday provided journalists with further information regarding “The protection of minors in the Church” Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019. The Organizing Committee of the Meeting gathered in Rome on Thursday 10 January, he said. Afterwards, the Holy Father received in audience the members of the Committee, who updated him on preparations for the Meeting. The February Meeting will… Read more

January 16, 2019

From The Washington Post:  D.C.’s embattled Catholic leader, Donald Wuerl, under fire in recent days for untruthful statements regarding what he knew about the alleged sexual misconduct of his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, apologized late Tuesday, saying he forgot he knew about the allegations and that it was “never the intention to provide false information.” Wuerl apologized to former priest Robert Ciolek in the evening and then sent a letter to the priests of the archdiocese, where Wuerl is the acting… Read more

January 16, 2019

Fordham University last night hosted a symposium on women deacons that featured two members of the papal commission on this subject who, for the first time, spoke publicly about their research. You can watch a video of this, from ta livestream, hosted by Salt + Light, below. Meantime, America magazine spoke with the commission members, as well: Women served as deacons in Europe for about a millennium in a variety of ministerial and sacramental roles, according to Phyllis Zagano, an… Read more

January 15, 2019

The question popped up this week at Zenit:  Q: When two deacons are serving a Mass, it is understood that one deacon should be the deacon for the Liturgy of the Word and the other should be the deacon for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. However, there is disagreement as to whether or not the “speaking” parts transition with the liturgy. Should each deacon have the speaking parts that relate to his assigned liturgy, or should the deacon of the… Read more

January 15, 2019

Behold, Governor Mike DeWine (who just happens to be Catholic): Read the story behind all those Bibles here. Read more

January 14, 2019

Fascinating:  After years that included fasting and praying, waiting and wondering, Latter-day Saint eternal marriages soon will be solemnized in the Eternal City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open its much-anticipated Rome Temple to public tours from Jan. 28 through Feb. 16. The showcase edifice, reminiscent of ancient Italian architecture, then will be dedicated March 10 through 12 and open to faithful members for religious rites March 19. On Monday, the Utah-based faith held a news… Read more

January 14, 2019

This will be shown at the March for Life in Washington next week, but the teaser trailer has just been unveiled on YouTube: About the movie, which is being executive produced by Alveda King, there are these details from its website: ROE V. WADE is the untold story of how people lied, how the media lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass a law that has since killed over 60 Million Americans. This is the most important movie… Read more

January 14, 2019

It came in a letter dated Sunday January 13, according to The Catholic Herald. The latest:  Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has called on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to repent publicly of alleged “crimes against minors and abuses of seminarians”. In an open letter, the former nuncio to the Unites States told McCarrick that “time is running out” and his “eternal salvation is at stake”. “No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters,… Read more

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