Category Archives: Church News

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was Born…

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936. (BTW: Happy birthday, Holy Father!) He was born on Thursday of the third week of Advent which, in the southern hemisphere, is a summer birthday: average hi-temps in Buenos Aires in December are over 80 degrees. (The internet informs me that it’s currently [...]

Reality check: Burke’s star will shine on

The knives are out for Cardinal Burke this morning. He’s on the next plane out of Rome after Pope Francis sacked him and summarily ended all of his duties this morning. Oh wait, that’s not what happened. Actually, Pope Francis simply chose not to renew his membership on the Congregation for Bishops, the body that [...]

Obama administration snubs Vatican with embassy downgrade

We have been quietly following this story for weeks. And now reporter John Allen has broken the news. The Obama administration has decided that the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See will soon be closed, and the offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved inside of our Italian Embassy. As a [...]

Text in Your Votes – Who Will Succeed Dolan as Head of the American Bishops?

Disclaimer:  You will have no role in electing the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  You will make a new friend today, and will receive unexpected advice from an old one.  You forgot to call your mom.  Your keys are under the couch.   The next President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic [...]

From the Trenches: Priest Threatened With Arrest, Says Mass in Park

Despite Saturday’s 400-to-1 House vote in favor, there’s still no word from the Senate on the reinstatement of priests affected by furlough at American military installations. I’ve heard from several current and former service members who have either seen their chapels closed or would have been unable to make it to Sunday Mass without access [...]

Sign at military chapel: ‘Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice’

And some people thought CatholicVote was making this up. But now the news of contract military priests being unable to say Mass at military installations is making national news. Even the liberal tabloid Huffington Post carried the story: Is religious freedom the latest casualty of the government shutdown? Some priests are being actively prevented from [...]

Do Military Priests Really Face Arrest? A Look At The Laws Surrounding The Shutdown

There have been a lot of comments on my piece from yesterday pertaining to the prohibition on furloughed GS or contract priests saying Mass at US military installations. A number of people have raised questions over the legal provisions surrounding this situation, and some have said this situation is no different than that facing every [...]

Pastry Shop Catholics

In his homily in Assisi today, on this Feast of St. Francis, the Holy Father made the following point: Franciscan peace is not something saccharine. Hardly! That is not the real Saint Francis! Nor is it a kind of pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos… That is not Franciscan either; it is a notion [...]


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