Category Archives: Church News

Canon Law and the Bishops’ Border Mass

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has a good and interesting blog post on the recent celebration of Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border by some American Bishops.  He suggests that here the bishops in question erred, insofar as they departed from canon law governing where the Mass is to be celebrated. As Peters explains, Mass is ordinarily [...]

Public Religion Research Institute misleads on Catholic attitudes

The “Public Religion Research Institute” released a fact sheet a few weeks ago on the attitudes of Roman Catholics which had the mainstream media swooning. It found that majorities of Catholics disagree with church teachings same-sex marriage and contraception. It also found that White Catholics were more likely than not to believe abortion should be [...]

Is This Relic Really Christ’s Crown of Thorns?

Some of Catholicism’s most precious relics have a storied (and sometimes dubious) history. Among these is a wreath of thorns believed to have adorned the head of our Lord during His passion. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, the 19th-century German nun and mystic whose visions of the Passion inspired Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, described [...]

Speaker Boehner Invites Pope Francis to Address Joint Meeting of Congress

Here’s a statement from House Speaker John Boehner, released just moments ago: Speaker Boehner Invites Pope Francis to Address Joint Meeting of Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced he has extended a formal and open invitation to Pope Francis to address a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress.  The Speaker [...]

On Contraception: What is the Sense of the Faithful?

What is the sense of the faithful regarding the morality of contraception?  For that matter, what is meant by the expression “the sense of the faithful”? These questions came up for me earlier today, when I came across a blog post by Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, which had been linked from RealClearReligion. [...]

Video: The Spirit of Vatican II rears its ugly head in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

A couple days ago Rorate Caeli shared a video on its website. It was a brief, seven minute clip of “Deacon Sandy” from Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin explaining just how “unique” his parish is. The video received so many views that Good Shepherd removed it from public viewing. Why, you’re probably [...]

Pope Benedict’s Legacy

Father Thomas Reese, S.J., has an interesting and worthwhile article at the National Catholic Reporter on the legacy of Pope Benedict.  The piece is characterized first by an admirable generosity of spirit.  Fr. Reese explains that he had a rather serious and understandably distressing run in with the pope before he became pope: one of [...]


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