Category Archives: Church News

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 [...]

John XXIII, John Paul II, and the Triumph of Vatican II

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in order to modernize the Church and help it get with the times. His vision for reform lives on in those progressive folks who like talking about “social justice” the “spirit of the Council.” Meanwhile, Good Pope John’s revolutionary vision for [...]

10 Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul II Existed

The saints who will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning a week of events leading up to the naming of our St. John Paul II Student Center on his canonization day, we [...]

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 [...]


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