March 17, 2019

You can watch video of the arrival and departure above. From the AP:  President Donald Trump spent St. Patrick’s Day morning worshipping at the “Church of the Presidents” near the White House in between tweeting about everything from “Saturday Night Live” parodies of him to the late Sen. John McCain to the recent closure of a General Motors factory in Ohio. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, joined parishioners for Sunday’s 11 a.m. service at St. John’s Church,… Read more

March 17, 2019

I had low expectations for this piece from The Atlantic, but it’s actually an insightful, balanced and compelling glimpse into how parents from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances are coping with the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. You hear from someone who was fed up and left: Laura Donovan, 30, says the child-sexual-abuse crisis is the reason she’s parted ways with the Catholic Church. Donovan, a social-media manager based in Los Angeles, had drifted away somewhat from… Read more

March 17, 2019

From the vault, a timely remembrance from Triple D, Deacon Doctor Bill Ditewig: So, we all know the things that are NOT true about St. Patrick: He wasn’t Irish by birth, he didn’t really cast out snakes from Ireland, he wasn’t the first person to bring Christianity to Ireland, and he probably didn’t use the shamrock as a sign of the Trinity in his teaching.  What we do know is that he was the son of a Deacon (Calpurnius), and… Read more

March 17, 2019

It turns out the Church’s position on this issue was (once again) wise. Adult stem cells are now being hailed as “the gold standard” for treatment of a variety of conditions. From The National Review:  During the Great Embryonic Stem Cell Debate, circa 2001-2008, I watched “the scientists” blatantly lie about the supposedly low potential for adult stem cells and the CURES! CURES! CURES that were just around the corner from embryonic stem cells. You remember: Children would soon be out of their… Read more

March 15, 2019

A reader sent this my way, and thought it was unusual. I have to agree. It appears that in this particular diocese, only priests will be attending the Chrism Mass with the bishop; deacons, religious, seminarians and other members of the faithful will take part in Evening Prayer later on, after which the oils will be distributed. This is something new and different to me. Any other places do this? Details, from the Diocese of Manchester:  The Chrism Mass, ordinarily… Read more

March 15, 2019

Father Stephanos Pedrano, O.S.B., posted the following on Facebook.  I repost it with his kind permission.  This day, in particular we ask God to “give kind admittance to your kingdom…to all who were pleasing to you…those of every race and tongue who have died in your friendship.” Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. Show them mercy, grant them peace, and give consolation to all who grieve.   + The prayers at Mass intercede not only for the baptized who have… Read more

March 15, 2019

The writer and Vatican watcher Massimo Faggioli writes in The Washington Post:  If the Catholic Church wants to see the growth in discernment that Pope Francis has called for in response to the sex abuse crisis, the institution must stop canonizing popes. Proclaiming the sainthood of the men who are elected bishops of Rome by the conclave of cardinals is at the same time old and recent. Of the first 48 popes who died before the year 500, 47 are saints; half… Read more

March 15, 2019

While we all know that the Catholic Church is not a democracy, that hasn’t stopped concerned Catholics from trying to sway the opinion of its leaders with petitions. The latest example comes from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, which made headlines recently when a Catholic school declined to admit a child of a same-sex couple.     First, there was a petition of protest:  The first petition was addressed to Archbishop Joseph Naumann and school Superintendent Kathy O’Hara. It read, “Respectfully, we believe… Read more

March 15, 2019

The horrifying attack on mosques in New Zealand has prompted a response from Catholic bishops and from Pope Francis. From CNS:  Some three-and-a-half hours after the attacks began, the New Zealand bishops released a message, addressed to the nation’s Muslim community, via social media. “We hold you in prayer as we hear the terrible news of violence against Muslims at mosques in Christchurch,” the bishops wrote. “We are profoundly aware of the positive relationships we have with Islamic people in… Read more

March 14, 2019

Some of us think that day is already here. But Elizabeth Scalia this Thursday offers this timely reflection:  In a few years, particularly in light of the failings of our own leadership and the Church’s weakened moral authority, we Catholics in the United States may be advised to abandon our troubled, “intolerant” Church for one that is more politically approved and correct—and if you think that thought is paranoid, such a move was tried in one state just a decade ago by… Read more

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