November 14, 2019

National Catholic Reporter? They published a widely read — and controversial — criticism of the Latin Mass, or Mass in the Extraordinary Form, last week (calling it, among other things, a “cult of toxic tradition.”) As a kind of counterpoint, this week the paper offers a response from writer Jane Stannus: At the time of Communion, we accomplish “the perfect ceremony of love’s rite” by kneeling to receive the most holy Eucharist. Through this reverent action, the body expresses outwardly what… Read more

November 14, 2019

“You believe in Jesus, that changes your heart.” Check out this video above, from a press conference held in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars QB describes finding joy in the midst of an injury and how his faith in Jesus Christ allows him to remain calm in the midst of struggle. From Foles’ Wikipedia page: He is currently an online graduate student at Liberty University, earning his master’s degree in divinity. He has stated that he plans to become a pastor after his football career, saying, “I want to… Read more

November 13, 2019

This is my bishop and the man who ordained me. I find this, on every level, incredible. I don’t believe it. Any of it. The story:  A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week. The attorney informed Catholic officials in New Jersey that he is preparing… Read more

November 13, 2019

“This is perhaps a way to correct an oversight of history.” From CNS:  The U.S. bishops added their assent to a call to have St. Irenaeus declared a doctor of the church. The action came Nov. 12, the second day of their Nov. 11-13 fall general meeting in Baltimore. “This is perhaps a way to correct an oversight of history,” said Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. St. Irenaeus… Read more

November 12, 2019

“I believe these Sunday services will serve to bring young people to an encounter with God.” Watch the latest video at foxnews.com The one-time Catholic priest and current commentator for Fox News hit the road and described what it was like to attend the singer’s “Sunday Service Experience.” His takeaway: While I won’t be exchanging my Catholic faith for West’s experiment, I left Los Angeles with these takeaways: — I believe Kanye is sincere both in his faith and in this… Read more

November 12, 2019

From Radio Free Europe:  Unknown gunmen have shot dead an Armenian Catholic priest and his father as they were traveling in a car in northeastern Syria. Father Hovsep Petoian, the head of the Armenian Catholic community in the the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, and his father,  Abraham Petoian, were heading to the province of Deir Al-Zor when they came under attack on November 11, Deacon Hakob Parsamian told RFE/RL. The two men were due to… Read more

November 12, 2019

This is generating a lot of buzz around the interwebs — Rocco described it as a “bomb drop” — and attention must be paid. It’s yesterday’s address from apostolic nuncio Archbishop Christoph Pierre to bishops gathered for their fall meeting in Baltimore. Among other things, the archbishop pressed the bishops to ensure the American faithful were receiving “the Magisterium of Pope Francis,” noting that “the pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people, especially as families continue to… Read more

November 11, 2019

“Because of the life I have been given by God, I was able to give back and make a big difference in this person’s life.” Inspiring:  While they sometimes seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, generosity and thankfulness are more connected than they might initially appear. With a selfless act of kindness to a stranger, without expectation of repayment or recognition, a genuine spirit of giving is created. That spirit was genuinely present when [Corpus Christi] Bishop… Read more

November 10, 2019

This Veterans Day, as we honor those who have served, here are some wise words from a future saint: “The great French preacher Lacordaire once said the vocation of a soldier is next in dignity to the priesthood, not only because it commissioned him to defend justice on the field of battle and order on the field of peace, but also because it called him to the spirit and intention of sacrifice.” +++ “It was a soldier who first uttered… Read more

November 10, 2019

“The desecration of the greatest gift possessed by the Church, the Most Blessed Sacrament, is a very serious matter.” Details:  Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Horizon has had one of its most sacred objects stolen — the tabernacle, which according to Catholic belief holds the body and blood of Christ. The metal container is regarded as one of the most sacred objects in any Catholic Church and is used to house the Eucharist. The parish priest immediately called police for… Read more

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