Tag Archives: Apologetics

Children in Church

I sympathize with priests who struggle with crying children in church, and who perhaps don’t always handle it in the best way. We’re human too, and sometimes it’s tough. That said, over the years I’ve come to appreciate more and … Continue reading

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Non-Penitential Fridays 2019

Code of Canon Law, canon 1250: The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. Code of Canon Law, canon 1251: Abstinence from meat, or from some other food … Continue reading

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Classical Education

A friend sent me this homily – apparently preached yesterday (I guess they keep the poinsettias out till they die!?). This is an excellent explanation of the benefits of and need for classical education in our Catholic schools. As my … Continue reading

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More Fundamental and More Modern: Catholic

Read this snippet from Fulton Sheen’s excellent collection of essays, Old Errors and New Labels (pages 49-50), and tell me if it isn’t extremely relevant for our time: [The Catholic Church] prides itself on being neither Fundamentalist nor Modernist…. It is not Fundamentalist, … Continue reading

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A Gem on Beautiful Churches

I attended a talk by Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco this morning, and he had a very interesting statement to make about the cost of building beautiful churches. The story went that the San Francisco Cathedral was started in 1963 … Continue reading

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Vatican II Urban Legends

The thought has occurred to me to do an adult education class (maybe, at some point) on “Vatican II Urban Legends”. It would involve looking at various ideas and errors that have been proposed as originating from the Council but … Continue reading

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Aborted Vocations

This evening at Mass I again encouraged everyone to participate in the Birmingham March for Life next Saturday, January 17. Now, more than ever, we need to witness to what we believe, what science teaches, and what is right and … Continue reading

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Did Mary Know?

It’s the time of the year when we’re starting to hear Christmas music every day, actively (because we put it on) or passively (because practically every store, and several radio stations, have it playing). And that means we’re going to … Continue reading

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Sunday: The Lord’s Day

We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world, and because on that same day our savior Jesus … Continue reading

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Do Not Regard As Ordinary

I read it every year, but it never fails to impress me. Here is an excerpt from the second lesson of the Office of Readings for the Saturday of Easter Week, taken from the Catecheses of St. Cyril of Jerusalem (4th … Continue reading

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That PBS Hit Piece

PBS ran a hit-piece on Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican, and the Catholic Church during this past week. It was called – get ready for it – “Secrets of the Vatican” (cue Vincent Price laugh). Maybe you saw it. Many … Continue reading

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Crazy Catholics Celebrate Chair!

Today, February 22nd, is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. A chair!? At first – and especially to outsiders – this feast might seem like the ultimate in Catholic esoterica. But when we drill into the meaning of … Continue reading

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