Tag Archives: Apologetics

The Silence of God

Has God ever seemed silent — even absent — to you? While so much that would seem to call for his intervention is happening around you? At an audience in Loreto, Italy in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI was asked by … Continue reading

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The Physical Presence?

Is Jesus physically present in the Holy Eucharist? This not the teaching of the Church. I would challenge anyone to find such a concept in the Church’s magisterium. Let us consider some of the implications: If Christ were physically present in the … Continue reading

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More on Communion Rails

I had resolved to avoid getting into a rut of posting on the same topics continually (as was happening at one point recently), but someone forwarded this article to me today. It is well worth sharing, even if I recently … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Altar Rails

For me, one of the simplest arguments for having an altar rail along the sanctuary of the Church is an aesthetic one: it just looks better. It brings greater order to the division between sanctuary and nave; it sets off … Continue reading

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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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