Category Archives: Liturgy

Priests Are People, Too

Being a revert who left the Church in my teens, I spent much of my life without any regular connection with Catholic priests, except for ones I saw on TV. Now, through social media and in-person meetings, I’m happy to have a handful of active priests I can turn to for advice, help with articles [...]

People Are Dying for Christ — Go to Mass on Friday

Friday, Aug. 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Unless it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, and that means that Catholics are required to attend Mass (unless they have a health issue or other situation that would licitly excuse them from attending [...]

The Ugliest Churches In The World

  A little something for the weekend. Over at Real Clear Religion, Nicholas G. Hahn III has a slideshow of the ugliest churches in the world.  They represent several denominations, but the vast majority are – you guessed it – Roman Catholic. Below are just a few of these architectural miscarriages, all of them Catholic.  [...]

This is how one group of Catholics responded to chants of “Hail, Satan!” [Photos]

Last summer, pro-abortion protesters shouted “Hail, Satan!” in the Texas statehouse as the late-term abortion ban was under debate. It was a messy, agitated scene — a battlefield between the forces of good and evil: Fast forward to this past feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, where a very different event took place in the same [...]

Bishop Paprocki: Return the Tabernacle to the Center of the Sanctuary

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has directed all the pastors in his diocese to move the tabernacles in their churches back to the center of the sanctuary. In a beautifully written pastoral letter, Ars celebrandi at adorandi (The Art of Celebrating and Worshiping), Bishop Paprocki expounds on the rich tradition [...]

Can Father Kelly’s ‘Hallelujah’ Begin Healing Catholic Ireland’s Heart?

Why has one Irish priest’s soaring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during an April 5 wedding at Catholic church in County Meath spread like wildfire through Ireland and around the world, turning into an Internet sensation? And Father Ray Kelly has done it before. This is from March 22, 2014. While questions could be asked about [...]

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 [...]

Vatican II: A Great Gift to the Church

  I’m not a Vatican II scholar (I know, you’re shocked) but I’ve always had the notion that the Second Vatican Council was, all in all, a good thing. And I still do, but I don’t articulate why it was a good thing nearly as well as some other people do. I missed this article by George [...]

Bad Liturgy Is Not A Victimless Crime. Just Ask Jimmy Fallon.

Until this week, I had no idea that Jimmy Fallon grew up Catholic. Then I came across this interview from 2012. As it turns out, Fallon really loved the Church when he was a young boy. In the interview with Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, he talked about his childhood experience of Catholicism: GROSS: [...]

St. Paul and the Road to Damascus in Each of Us

I’m a first-time RCIA sponsor at my parish – God help it and me – and this was the week that the catechumens and candidates stood up and told us their stories of conversion, reversion or completion. Several tales had to do with marrying a Catholic spouse and eventually wanting to be part of the [...]


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