Economic ignorance affecting the Church

Call me a Johnny One Note, but the primary reason I became an economist was to help demonstrate to others the human suffering that results from socialism and the incredible material progress that results from free markets. The better material progress we make, the more time and energy we can devote to leisure pursuits, including prayer, spiritual reading, going to daily Mass, etc. This message isn... More


Bishop Gumbleton Misrepresents Archbishop Vigneron on Who Should Receive Communion

Archbishop Vigneron and Bishop Gumbleton may be less at odds than Bishop Gumbleton seems to think.  Vigneron’s statements that some individuals should not present themselves for Communion referred to those who publicly advocate for such things as same sex marriages, or any other serious matter, such as the legalization of abortion, not to the private individual who struggles with these mat... More

Thanksgiving: Our National Eucharist

Turkey, words of thanks, a gathering, a meal. How much like a national eucharist is Thanksgiving? Other national holidays celebrate events or people that shaped the nation—Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc. This holiday is based on an event that shaped the nation, yes, but not an isolated event like a battle or the signing of a document... More


Bishop Aquila on Obstinate Pro-Abort Politicians: “Treat Them as a Tax Collector or Gentile. Expel them.”

School may still be out for summer, but in this interview with Catholic World Report, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, ND is unambiguous about what the rules for disobedient Catholic politicians ought to be: How should the Church respond to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion? Bishop Aquila: Their particular bishops can use the process of correction that is given to us in sacred Scri... More

With Governor Cuomo Signing Away Marriage, Will the Bishops Act?

I’m going to be short and to the point in this post in order to simply register my opinion. Andrew Cuomo should be denied Communion. That’s the only conclusion I can come to after witnessing his brazen efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, directly ignoring and acting against the public pleas and warnings of the bishops of New York. Andrew Cuomo already is known to be livi... More

Obama, the Eucharist, and Steelers’ Owner Dan Rooney

Here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also known as “Steelers’ Country,” we were a bit shaken by comments made by Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall. “We’ll never know what really happened,” tweeted Mendenhall in reference to Osama Bin Laden’s attack on America on 9/11. “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.” As to Osama Bi... More

The Invitation Is Out: Please Come Home

Anything Catholic first and foremost has to do with the Eucharist. And so here we are. Remembering. Walking along the Way. Receiving. Earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI extended an invitation: After being made man in obedience to the Father, the Son of God, being in everything like us except for sin (cf. Hebrews 4:15), accepted fulfilling his will to the end, to face for love of us his Passion a... More


In Michigan, a Eucharistic miracle?

Could be: Whether there was a miracle or not at Jackson Catholic Middle School on Friday must be carefully examined by church leaders. In what is called “Eucharist adoration,” a large wafer — unleavened bread — about 3 or 4 inches in diameter was blessed by a priest and set on a gold stand, called a luna, in the school chapel. During the day, as adult volunteers sat near it, a student cla... More




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