Category Archives: Church News

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 [...]

Pope Francis and the Chaput Shocker

Barely two months ago the ecclesiastical news circuit was rocked with the revelation that Pope Francis had decided not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops. The New York Times, NPR, NBC and a host of other secular and Catholic news outlets went berserk, seeing in Pope Francis’ decision the promise of [...]

Student loan debt (still) hindering vocations?

Well, not really; only about 10% of them. Georgetown’s CARA released a report entitled “New Sisters and Brothers Professing Perpetual Vows in Religious Life: The Profession Class of 2013.” Though the USCCB news release, and several similar stories, focus on the student loan debt issue in its headline, the single page of the report (p.15) dedicated to educational [...]

Millennials Are Seeking Tradition, Sacramentality, and Liturgy

When God at first made man, Having a glass of blessings standing by, “Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can. Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie, Contract into a span.” So strength first made a way; Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure. When almost all was out, God made a [...]

What Catholic Tradition Means to a Protestant

Facebook is making me a bit ill these days. And I’m not sure who to blame. Pope Francis? The media? Ordinary Catholics squabbling over what the pope really did say or didn’t say, lecturing other Catholics about why they should or should not be in love with the pope, and accusing bishops and priests whom [...]


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