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Tag: Pope Benedict XVI

Better Off, Not Better

December 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Better Off, Not Better

A long time ago in my college dorm room, I was showing a friend the blog Creative Minority Report. It takes its name from Pope Benedict’s exhortation, “Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind […]

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Advent: The Coming of the Lord

December 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Advent: The Coming of the Lord

Happy New Liturgical Year! With the First Sunday of Advent came a new year in the Catholic Church. Advent is an important time of spiritual preparation for Christmas. Just as we prepare for the glorious joy of Easter with Lenten fasting and penance, so do we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ with the […]

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The Chair of St. Peter and the Gift of the Papacy

February 22, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Chair of St. Peter and the Gift of the Papacy

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, an occasion that has been marked since approximately the fourth century. While a physical “Chair of Peter” remains in the Vatican, today’s feast commemorates more than a revered relic. As Pope Benedict XVI said during his papal audience on February 19, 2012: […]

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An Old Saint on a New Acquaintance

January 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
An Old Saint on a New Acquaintance

Some of us Catholics count our “Catholic credentials” by our knowledge of obscure catholic words; some of us by how many bishops we can name; but most of us use our knowledge of the saints as the absolute litmus test. For me, memories of All Saints Day parties surface each November, and the endless quest […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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The Necessary Virtue of Hope

July 16, AD 2015 2 Comments
The Necessary Virtue of Hope

During any phase of transition, the importance of the theological virtues of faith and love are always emphasized. One is counseled to have faith that God will bring the best result out of the situation, while being reminded to either love those also struggling or to be very loving to the one who is facing […]

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Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

April 8, AD 2015 1 Comment
Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

Gay “marriage” will threaten, snarl, huff and puff, but we should not fear. For, upon this rock Christ built His Church. It will not fall simply because evil huffs and puffs a little louder.

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A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

February 12, AD 2015 1 Comment
A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

If you are a warm-blooded, sentient, and rational American who desires to love and be loved, then you have probably experienced at some point in your life a profusion of emotions in the days leading up to and on Valentine’s Day. How could you not? From the time of our youth and continuing all the way through adulthood, there is […]

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Correct Inculturation

January 13, AD 2015 2 Comments
Correct Inculturation

In Pope Benedict XVI’s book “The Spirit of the Liturgy,” he spends a good deal of time on the postures of prayer and the correct implementation of them in reference to the Liturgy. While many people out there (and I’m sure many of you reading this) might hear that and think that it sounds about as […]

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The Coming Islamic Revolution

January 13, AD 2015 10 Comments
The Coming Islamic Revolution

World leaders and over three million people converged in France this weekend to mourn for those slain during the recent terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. This terrible tragedy comes on the heels of other recent attacks, such as those in Pakistan by Taliban-linked terrorists against schoolchildren in Peshawar, Boko Haram’s continuing […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

December 14, AD 2014 1 Comment
Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]

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Tired of the Fight

November 18, AD 2014 3 Comments
Tired of the Fight

Once again, it seems that the most appropriate and timely thing to write about concerning the Church is Pope Francis. This time, it’s an apparent fight between him and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is in apparent direct opposition to the Pope. Cardinal Burke, the narrative goes, is far too conservative to like Pope Francis, obviously […]

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True Love Exists Only in Movies and TV Shows

January 18, AD 2014 1 Comment
True Love Exists Only in Movies and TV Shows

I was on a university break in Summer of 2011, catching up with some friends over dinner. It wasn’t long before our conversation turned to personal relationships. My friend confided his fears to me and asked, “What if I don’t love her later in life?” I’m not belittling his fear–it’s one faced by many, including […]

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Re-Stating the Narrative

January 14, AD 2014 0 Comments
Re-Stating the Narrative

As if there weren’t enough articles, blogs, books, interviews, and every other form of print and media already out there about Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI, here is another one. I’m not sure if this will be new or different or change your point of view, but I know that it will help me […]

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Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

September 24, AD 2013 17 Comments
Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

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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