Tag Archives: Dogma

Baptism by Beer?

In preparing a handout for RCIA, I am brushing up on the matter and form of each sacrament.  With baptism in particular, many questions can arise about the matter of the sacrament. Can we baptize with beer – in a … Continue reading

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Purificator Purity

I’ve recently, after a long hiatus, had occasion to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – with its rubrics that are far more detailed and thought-provoking than those of the Ordinary Form. And doing so has revived in … Continue reading

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Communion in Mortal Sin

I recently read an article that reminded me of a very important quotation from the great Father of the Church, St. John Chrysostom. It addresses those who might be tempted to make a bad communion – i.e., those who know … Continue reading

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Follow Your Conscience?

I do not wish to engage in arguments about the Holy Father’s latest document, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Lætitia. Plenty of others have already done so and surely will continue to do so. My main concern, as a pastor, is that … Continue reading

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“All” vs. “Many” – Something We Must Urgently Consider

Here is the homily I preached this weekend at St. Barnabas and Holy Rosary Parishes. * * * Sacred Scripture tells us in various places that Christ died “for all”. His saving Passion and Death was more than sufficient to … Continue reading

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Ideal Books for Seminarians

If there were funding to buy a bunch of “essential” books for seminarians, which books should be included? Let me know what you think. Here are a few suggestions to get things going: The Priest Is Not His Own by … Continue reading

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Profession of Faith in the Real Presence

About this time six years ago, I was planning for the Corpus Christi procession that we would have on that feast in the parish that I was then assigned to. And it seemed “truly right and just” to me at … Continue reading

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Reparation

In some corners of the Catholic news world, ever since the papal trip to the Philippines, there has been discussion about the desecration of the Holy Eucharist that took place at at least one of the large outdoor Masses that … 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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Statement in Support of Marriage

I am not a member of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, but I certainly and gladly join with them in their Statement in Support of Marriage, which you can read on Fr. Z’s Blog. A snippet: The fathers pledge their … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all readers of my blog! I will remember you in my prayers at my Masses tomorrow. Please pray for me also. Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see: Hail, th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased, as man, with … Continue reading

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Another Priest Gift Idea

Is Father’s preaching a little bland? Want to do something about it in a kind way? Get him a great book that he will enjoy reading (or using for reference). I highly recommend this one, Dogma and Preaching: I only recently acquired … Continue reading

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