Category Archives: Church News

We want the Blessed Sacrament back!

SPECIAL NOTE: Jesus called us to be as wise as serpents, innocent as doves. In this case, my friend Michael Caspino might be wiser than the serpents. Please read this important guest message from the attorney representing Archbishop Coakley in the fight over the planned Black Mass in Oklahoma. Brian Burch     Dear Friend [...]

Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishops’ Residences

CNN published an inflammatory and provocative piece of link-bait over the weekend criticizing the Catholic Church because some of the larger archdioceses happen to have “lavish homes” for their archbishops. In the process of concern-trolling for a religion he clearly despises, the writer, Daniel Burke, reveals how little he understands about the Catholic Church. Below [...]

Revealed: The Official Logo and Prayer for World Youth Day 2016

Though still two years on the horizon, World Youth Day 2016 is already generating enthusiasm among the world’s young Catholics. Scheduled to take place in Krakow, Poland in July 2016, the gathering will bring one of St. John Paul’s favorite events to his old backyard.  Pope Francis is of course expected to attend. Just revealed [...]

Identical Twins Ordained in Michigan

This is just great. On Saturday, identical twins Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht of Fowler, Michigan, were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing. The two brothers (now Fathers!) grew up on a farm, with lots of hard work, prayer, and family time. Todd is the fourth and Gary the fifth of 10 children [...]

Reporting Rome Right: Five Questions With Fr. John Wauck

Last Fall Father John Wauck spoke at Benedictine College and other campuses about Pope Francis, the communicator. Now he is offering a week-long seminar in Rome for journalists, “The Church Up Close: Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis,” organized by the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Sept. 8-14. [...]

Cardinal Kaspar on Marriage, Divorce, and Communion

Cardinal Kaspar is a famous churchman who seems to favor some revision of the way the Church handles the question of divorce, remarriage, and admission to holy communion.  He discusses this, and some other things, in this interview with Commonweal. The cardinal makes some good points about mercy, and about the problems facing the Church [...]

Fr. Emil Kapaun: Putting the Hero in Heroic Virtue

Tomorrow, pilgrims in Kansas will begin a 3-day, 60 mile walk from Wichita to the church of St. John Nepomucene Church in the tiny prairie town of Pilsen (pop. 40), the one-time parish of Fr. Emil Kapaun. The pilgrimage is meant as a spiritual (and physical) exercise for the participants, but also means to raise awareness of [...]

Dear Woman Priest, You’re Excommunicated…Love, Bishop Paprocki

And P.S. – You’re not a priest. That pretty much sums up Bishop Paprocki’s response to a local Catholic woman’s recent attempt to get ordained. The woman in question is Mary F. Keldermans of Springfield.  Bishop Paprocki wrote to her last month asking her to reconsider her plan, but evidently she ignored him and tried [...]

John Paul II’s First Homily: Sacrifice, Humility, Courage

The canonization of John Paul II gives us a fitting opportunity to reflect on his legacy.  One way to do that is to return to his first homily as pope (which, along with a lot of other useful material, is available on the Vatican website).  Not surprisingly, much of what he had to say is [...]

Pope Francis: Say What?

Earlier this week, a story made the rounds on the inter-webs that Pope Francis had counselled an Argentine woman who had married a divorcee to go ahead and receive Communion. The story, as reported here, was based on an Italian report of an Argentine report based on a Facebook post by the husband of the [...]


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