Tag: church

Reflections from the Crowds

Reflections from the Crowds

[ 2 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

I volunteered to be part of the “human barricade” in one of the scheduled events during the current papal visit to my country. Our job was to stand behind the row of policemen along the route the Pope would take to the Meeting with Families – partly to prevent the crowd from breaking into the […]

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Why I Got Married in a Church

Why I Got Married in a Church

[ 3 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

I’ve been to some beautiful weddings in some ugly churches. Either the carpet was old, the tabernacle was weird, the lighting was off, or the vestibule smelled like moth balls. Sounds romantic, no? Having taught Theology to teenage girls for years, one of the first questions they ask when we discuss the sacrament of marriage […]

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Making Your Home Parish “Home”

Making Your Home Parish “Home”

[ 2 ] November 16, AD 2014 |

One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Church is that it is universal. I can walk into a Roman Catholic Church anywhere in the world, and attend, essentially, the same Mass. This was great for me, as a high school and college student. By the time I had begun to take my […]

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Dealing with the Dark Side of History

Dealing with the Dark Side of History

[ 3 ] June 19, AD 2014 |

The Dark Ages, The Crusades, the Inquisition, Galileo, the mistrial of St. Joan of Arc, sales of indulgences during the Renaissance, Catholics massacring Protestants, the treatment of the natives in Spain’s former colonies, popes with pro-Nazi sympathies during World War II – many cite these and many more examples in an attempt to portray the […]

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Charismatics in Context

Charismatics in Context

[ 21 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

“Certain signs point to a weakening in the sense of mystery in those very liturgical celebrations that should be fostering that sense. It is, therefore, urgent that the authentic sense of the liturgy be revived in the Church. The liturgy…is a means of sanctification; it is a celebration of the Church’s faith, and a means […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

[ 5 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

I got a neat book for Christmas called Treason, published by Sophia Institute Press and written by Dena Hunt. I was doubly interested in this book: first because I love historical fiction, especially one with a Catholic milieu, and second because I am slowly working on my own historical fiction book about the “schism” of AD […]

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Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

[ 1 ] January 2, AD 2014 |

Recently I had a conversation with a close friend and non-Catholic. Talking about his family’s history in differing denominations, I soon found out that some of his relatives and ancestors are or were Catholic. So I ask him plainly, “Why aren’t you Catholic, what made you decide otherwise?” His answer was a very truthful and sincere, […]

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Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

[ 6 ] December 5, AD 2013 |

Charlie gave Linus the pop quiz: what is Christmas all about? Of course, Linus proclaims the birth of Christ (was Linus named after the second Pope?) Today it would have looked more like this: The modern Catholic, and most Christians for that matter, has many fronts to defend, one of them being the so-called “pagan roots.” […]

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Minding the Monarchical Church

Minding the Monarchical Church

[ 6 ] November 12, AD 2013 |

The Church functions within a monarchical structure – this is important to remember. In addition to this, though, Her system applies to operations in the political realm. There is indeed a necessary temporal aspect to the Church. The Pope, essentially, operates as a monarch. He may choose to convoke councils and synods, which act as […]

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We are the Church, She Said

We are the Church, She Said

[ 4 ] October 27, AD 2013 |

I was giving a talk at my home parish on the early Church when a woman came up to me. Pointing at her heart she indicated that we, the people, are the Church. I couldn’t deny her sincerity, nor do I think her intentions were wrong. I come across this sentiment from time to time. […]

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Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

[ 17 ] September 24, AD 2013 |

I have been nerding out since I discovered that archive.org has digitized the 1912 edition of the Decreta Authentica Sacræ Congregationis Rituum, which contains all 4,284 decrees the dicastery had issued since its establishment by Pope Sixtus V in 1588 up to that time, answering countless practical questions about the proper celebration of Mass, the Sacraments, […]

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Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

[ 1 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to progressive radio and keeps up on […]

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8 Great Christian Songs

8 Great Christian Songs

[ 4 ] August 18, AD 2013 |

Here are 8 great Christian songs. (The links lead to the corresponding audio via YouTube.) 1. Hail, Holy Queen. This is, by far, my favorite hymn. Hearing it during the closing procession at the evening Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption this past week was one of the highlights of that day. And I’m […]

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The Church Should Rule the World

The Church Should Rule the World

[ 14 ] June 22, AD 2013 |

Never mind “the Galileo controversy” (a good response to that is here, by the way). The Church should rule the world. One of the things that I have noticed that Catholics seem to be very wary of discussing is the history of the temporal power of the Church. Most of us have heard or read […]

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Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

Looking at Pope Francis via Pius V

[ 0 ] April 21, AD 2013 |

Pope Francis, on the first full day of his papacy, prayed at the tomb of Pope St. Pius V. I do not think that was coincidental. In fact, I believe that His Holiness intends to be remembered as most similar to Pius V. There are five ways in which I see this is already evident: […]

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Why I Love Incense

Why I Love Incense

[ 0 ] March 24, AD 2013 |

I love incense. In fact, I love it a lot, and I think it should be used in far more parishes far more frequently. The use of incense has a long and interesting history, especially within Judaism. In the Old Testament, it is recorded that incense was included in thanksgiving offerings (Numbers 7:13-17). Also, Moses […]

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I Bet You Think This Post Is About You

I Bet You Think This Post Is About You

[ 6 ] June 10, AD 2012 |

The hubris of the Catholic Church is often a huge turn-off to many people. How can she, the Church, this whore (my mother), claim to know the will of God? After all, everyone knows her reputation. Everyone knows her mistakes. Everyone believes they know all about her and her kind- those “Catholics” who “claim” to […]

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Turn Around!

Turn Around!

[ 2 ] April 6, AD 2012 |

Today is Good Friday. At noon, my family will drive to Mt. Adams, to a hill overlooking the Ohio River. We will descend many steps, cross a bridge, and then go down many more, before reaching a landing, turning around, and going back up each step, one rosary bead at a time. I will wear […]

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Integration: The Object of a Catholic Education

Integration: The Object of a Catholic Education

[ 3 ] March 7, AD 2012 |

     When I decided to study abroad at a European Catholic university, some American Catholics that I knew reacted negatively, saying that most of these universities were “out of line with Rome”. At the time, I didn’t know much about being “in line” our “out of line” with Rome and it was other factors that […]

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HHS and a Revolutionary Church

HHS and a Revolutionary Church

[ 2 ] February 8, AD 2012 |

Accompanying the HHS Mandate uprising and uproar from afar has not only brought me hope but also more admiration for the Church. About 90% of Catholic women use some form of contraception, it’s true. I suspect that in Europe (and Portugal, where I live) this number might even be higher. We may or may not […]

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News from Rome: An International Theology of the Body Symposium

News from Rome: An International Theology of the Body Symposium

[ 14 ] November 16, AD 2011 |

Yes! The Church in Europe is more alive and renewing itself than rumors would have you think. In fact, Christ is constantly loving and sanctifying his Church all over the world. Or as John Paul II would say, “The quoted text [Eph 5:27] highlights that the same Bridegroom, Christ, takes care to adorn the Bride, […]

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Why be Catholic?

Why be Catholic?

[ 6 ] October 24, AD 2011 |

“What does being Catholic mean to you?” That may sound like a corny question asked of high-schoolers at a church youth group… because it is, in fact, a corny question recently asked of high-schoolers at my church’s youth group… but how would you answer it? Maybe a better way to ask it is this: “Laying […]

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Donning the Liturgical Apron

Donning the Liturgical Apron

[ 7 ] September 12, AD 2011 |

My thanks to the blogosphere, which takes sufficiently little notice of me to complain when this post wasn’t published on time…three.  weeks.  ago.  Hurricane Irene came and took our internet, then Labor Day took me visiting family, and yesterday saw me still recovering from the effects of a fabulous Catholic wedding and the party which […]

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