Tag Archives: Issues

Some Reflections on Preaching

My friend Fr. Lambert Greenan, O.P. (RIP) once told me about how in Ireland, “back in the day” (he lived to be 101…), it was not uncommon for bishops to issue a syllabus each year to the priests of their … Continue reading

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A Change of Rubrics

The Church teaches that the faithful have the right to the liturgy celebrated according to its laws — according to the rubrics — for they express the mind of the Church and are a guarantee of the catholicity of our … Continue reading

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A Thought on the Mantilla or Chapel Veil

On my Spanish-language Facebook page, someone recently requested that I explain the meaning of the mantilla or chapel veil. More and more ladies are wearing them now, re-discovering the old traditions, as it were. It tends to be controversial for some… … 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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Where should the priest look during Mass?

What is a priest supposed to do with his eyes during the celebration of Mass? The question probably seems trifling and frivolous to many, but the answer to it can greatly affect the experience of those assisting and praying at … Continue reading

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Working on Holy Days of Obligation

There are five [or six] Holy Days of Obligation each year in the United States: Immaculate Conception (December 8), Christmas (December 25), Mary, Mother of God (January 1), Assumption (August 15), and All Saints (November 1). [In a few regions … Continue reading

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Smartphone in Confession?

A couple of years back, I started to notice an uncanny occurrence: often things that I had spoken about (out loud) during the day would suddenly appear in online ads (e.g., on my Facebook). It didn’t take long for me … Continue reading

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Vesting Prayers in Three Languages

It used to be that a priest was required to say a prayer with each garment that he put on as he prepared for Mass – ordinarily, seven prayers total, including the initial washing of the hands (there is not … Continue reading

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Spanish Mass: When the Mass Parts Aren’t

It is an extremely widespread phenomenon that Mass parts sung at Spanish Masses do not have the correct words – that is, the words printed in the Roman Missal; words which, in the case of the main parts of the … Continue reading

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The Purification of the Church

Last weekend in my parish I preached on the current scandals in the Church and our response to them. You may be interested in reading that homily here. In it, I encouraged prayer and fasting for the purification of the Church. … Continue reading

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Updates from the Marbury Nuns

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the wonderful cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of St. Jude in the tiny town of Marbury, Alabama (alas, it’s been far too long since I’ve visited them, also). Perusing their (new!) … Continue reading

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Exorcism as An Argument for Infant Baptism

It has long been my sense that, in spite of all of the biblical evidence and the witness of the Fathers, many non-Catholic Christians simply are not open to reason when it comes to the topic of infant baptism. Many of … Continue reading

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