Category Archives: Church News

The Angelic Doctor, Alive and Well

Today on the Church calendar is the memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church.  This great saint, who lived on earth from 1225 to 1274, is now alive and well in heaven praying for us. He is also alive and well on earth, in a different sense, so long as we [...]

Feeling Devastated by What Pope Francis Says? Try These 3 Helpful Keys.

I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines. You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane. The reactions have [...]

Catholic Church Fails to Behead A Single Person in 2014

  For the most intolerant and extreme religion in the world, this is a rather embarrassing statistic. It appears that the Catholic Church, widely recognized as the most uncompromising and dogmatic among the world’s major religions, is about to close out the year without executing a single person. As everyone knows, the Catholic Church is [...]

The Pope Criticizes the Curia

Pope Francis gave a talk to the officials of the curia that admonished them to guard against a variety of spiritual diseases.  The Washington Post seems surprised by the tenor of the talk.  You can read the Post‘s article here.  And here is another article that lists all of the fifteen spiritual diseases that Francis [...]

The Pope Didn’t Exile Cardinal Burke. The Pope Gave Him An Army. [Photos]

I wish someone would exile me the way Pope Francis exiled Cardinal Burke. When I think of exile or banishment, I think of tiny islands. Where friends are few and far between. The Associated Press described Cardinal Burke’s new position as “largely ceremonial” and said the Knights of Malta are a “charity” who provide “residences [...]

No Greater Freedom

Each of us has our own hobbyhorses. Michael Sean Winters, for example, seems to have a thing about Philly’s Archbishop Chaput and the World Meeting of Families which Philadelphia will host next October. Winters is also very fond of hymns—a fine pastime, that—and of trying to curb overzealous Catholic prelates’ deficient notions of freedom, which Winters often takes [...]

Breaking: Pope to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman

Big news, just announced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Rome, November 3rd, 2014. On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for [...]

Pope Francis’ Latest Bombshell

“A significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition.” That’s what MSNBC’s Daniel Berger is calling Pope Francis’ latest “revolutionary” insight. Take it away, Mr. Berger: “Pope Francis made a significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and remarking that God is not “a magician [...]

Communion and the Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried Catholic

In all the debate about the Church’s teaching and practice with regard to communion and the divorced and remarried Catholic, I think we have lost sight of a basic question, and a very important question: why does the Church exclude the divorced and remarried Catholic from communion in the first place? To hear the those [...]


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