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Catholics Celebrate Overruling of Roe

Today in a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the United States Supreme Court overruled the decisions in Roe v. Wade (1973) and Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992) and held that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.” The Court therefore upheld a Mississippi law which banned abortion...

Catholics Celebrate Overruling of Roe

Music in the Life of Faith

One Tuesday in the late 1960s, we met my Dad at the chapel in the Commerce Building at the University of Detroit for the five o’clock evening Mass. The Archdiocese of Detroit had been an “early adopter” when it came to the implementation of the new Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the...

Music in the Life of Faith

Phyllis Zagano on women’s leadership in the Church

Apple | Google | Spotify In today’s new episode of Field Hospital, Jeannie Gaffigan and I discuss the role of women in the Church with internationally-acclaimed scholar Phyllis Zagano, who has written extensively about women in church history, especially women deacons. Zagano, who was appointed the the Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women...

Phyllis Zagano on women’s leadership in the Church

Resolving Catholic Conflicts

Most of us have had some great bosses or pastors over the years, those who are educated, experienced, pastoral, and humble. Of course, it is during conflicts that leaders show their true colors. We often hear that leaders are remembered for how they dealt with the difficult times when tensions were high or...

Resolving Catholic Conflicts

Annibale Bugnini: Liturgy’s Greatest Villain

One morning, back in March of 2016, checking up on the news of the day, I came across a headline from the website of the Daily Express (an outlet whose alleged “journalism” has been discussed on this website once before), which blared: “The INCREDIBLE picture that proves Adolf Hitler lived to 95 with...

Annibale Bugnini: Liturgy’s Greatest Villain

Prepare our hearts

A reflection on the readings for June 19, 2022, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ “Why can’t I change after all these years? Why can’t I change my ways? I find it so strange after all these years I’m still more or less the same.” These words are the...

Prepare our hearts

Which Pope said this?

“For they have always unanimously maintained that nature, rather the Creator Himself, has given man the right of private ownership not only that individuals may be able to provide for themselves and their families but also that the goods which the Creator destined for the entire family of mankind may through this institution...

Which Pope said this?

The Saints of Summer

When I was a child, and my parents and grandparents would teach me lessons about our faith and our Saints, I always pictured the Heavenly “offices” of our saints as bustling places, with requests flooding in and prayers on our behalf going out. But, as I grew up, I realized that some Saints...

The Saints of Summer

Mass of the Ages: Gilded Radicalism

[Editor’s Note: The following is a response to episodes one and two of the documentary film series Mass of the Ages: The Latin Mass TRILOGY. It was directed by Cameron O’Hearn and produced by O’Hearn and Jonathan Weiss. You can watch the films for free and access other resources and videos online on...

Mass of the Ages: Gilded Radicalism

A faith built upon the love of God

Early in the pontificate of Pope Francis I was, generally speaking, what could be called a “Francis skeptic.” To be honest I didn’t pay that much attention to him at first. As the father of three little kids, I primarily focused on survival in those days. I wasn’t even aware of the dubia...

A faith built upon the love of God

Conscience and Disagreement with the Church

Last summer, after the pope placed greater limits on the celebration of the pre-Vatican II liturgy with the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, Many Catholics struggled to accept this decision. They had difficulties reconciling Francis’s decision with that his predecessor. They also struggled to reconcile Traditionis Custodes with their own positive experiences of the Tridentine...

Conscience and Disagreement with the Church

The greatest act of courage I’ve ever seen

It is not uncommon for middle-grade anesthetists to be overwhelmed by simultaneous calls upon their time, especially after hours. Thus it was in the early 1990s that I was busy in A&E (the accident and emergency department of my hospital) with a critically ill patient who needed admission to intensive care when I...

The greatest act of courage I’ve ever seen
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