Liturgy

February 15, 2013

The liturgy via the “hermeneutics of politics”

Most folks have pointed to the section near the end where Benedict, in discussing Vatican II, contrasts the “Council of the Fathers” with the “Council of […]
March 8, 2013

An open letter to the College of Cardinals: What I want in a church

There’s been several polls released over the past couple of weeks (see here and here) that indicate a growing chasm between lay Catholics and church leadership. Many pundits interpret this to mean […]
March 19, 2013

A Quick Note to Benedict on Pope Francis’ Inauguration Day

“Behold, a faithful and prudent steward, whom the Lord set over his household.” – Entrance Antiphon, Joseph, Spouse of Mary, March 19 Dear Benedict, Emeritus Pontiff; […]
March 21, 2013

JP in Rome: What I Saw at the Installation Mass

On March 19, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass commemorating the inauguration of his pontificate. Of course, Pope Francis became the head of the Catholic Church after […]
March 29, 2013

JP in Rome: Triduum at St. Peter’s

This morning at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated the annual Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Rome. It was the first time […]
May 3, 2013

The Worst Thing Ever? The Purity Host Dispenser

I’m still not convinced this is real. I hope it is not. But I fear it is. Have you ever worried so much about picking up […]
May 6, 2013

Pope Francis Urges Bishops to Practice “Eucharistic Coherence”

John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews notes that Pope Francis has recently urged Argentinian bishops to follow the Aparecida Document as “guidelines we need for this time in […]
May 17, 2013

Seven Quick Takes Friday: Catholic Vote Style

  I did the surfing, so you don’t have to. Here are the fruits of today’s writer’s block: The good, the bad, the beautiful, and the […]
May 31, 2013

Six Great Gifts for the Newly Ordained. (and five things to shy away from.)

You can hardly go to a cathedral these days without running into an ordination. Every year in late May and through the month of June seminaries […]