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Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?

The National Catholic Register recently published a blog post by Kevin Di Camillo, which argued that the “Traditional Latin Mass” shouldn’t be “silenced,” since a diversity of liturgical expressions doesn’t threaten Church unity. He writes: My liberal Catholic friends usually like to take extreme examples to their illogical conclusions, especially when it comes...

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?
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We must address the structural issues that plague the Church

In Pope Francis’s 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he expressed his desire for a renewed missionary impulse throughout the entire Church. Francis called for the Church to become more mission-oriented by making “ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and open, to inspire in pastoral workers a constant desire to go forth,...

We must address the structural issues that plague the Church
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Gregorian chant and the post-Vatican II liturgy

An area of contention and debate surrounding the state of the Roman liturgy today is sacred music. Many today will point out that Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, states, “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should...

Gregorian chant and the post-Vatican II liturgy
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God does not judge us our grumblings

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, August 1, 2021 — the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time What can we do to accomplish the works of God? (John 6:28) This question is posed by the growing crowds who have been journeying with Jesus as he makes his way around Cana and Capernaum, turning water...

God does not judge us our grumblings
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Which Pope said this?

“This consideration too clarifies the great error of those others as well who boldly venture to explain and interpret the words of God by their own judgment, misusing their reason and holding the opinion that these words are like a human work. God Himself has set up a living authority to establish and...

Which Pope said this?
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Declare Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of The Church

When we list the most important theologians in the history of Christianity, many names quickly come to mind, including Jerome, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Robert Bellarmine. Each of these figures has been rightly declared to be Doctors of the Church (doctor being Latin for “teacher”), a group that includes a...

Declare Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of The Church
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Rodrigo Guerra – The second-highest ranked layman in the Church

Pope Francis recently appointed our friend, the distinguished Professor Rodrigo Guerra López, as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (PCAL). Guerra, a professor and philosopher from Mexico, is the founder of the Center for Advanced Social Research (CISAV). In his new position as a secretary in the Roman Curia, he will...

Rodrigo Guerra – The second-highest ranked layman in the Church
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Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

In the United States, a pervasive intellectualism continues its stranglehold on Catholics, thwarting our flourishing. Again and again, we hear the need for  “doctrinal clarity,” or about how Pope Francis is “confusing.” Many seem to believe that being clear-minded and certain are among the most important—if not the most important—markers of faithful Catholic...

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness
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Disagreeing with the Church

What do you do when you find yourself in disagreement with a Church teaching or objecting to a discipline that the Church legitimately imposes? Many Catholics find themselves in this place at some point in their life of faith. Some spend their entire lives there.  Such disagreements can be deeply uncomfortable and difficult...

Disagreeing with the Church
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God, evil, and hope

The German cardinal Walter Kasper opens the first chapter of his book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life by describing the twentieth century as “a horrible century in many respects.” Continuing his deplorable description of our times, he states that “the twenty-first century which is still young...

God, evil, and hope
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The Miracle of Sharing

In his Angelus address this morning, Pope Francis spoke about today’s Gospel reading, the Miracle of the Loaves that opens the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St. John. As he has done in the past, Pope Francis made some points in his description of this miracle that have been known to...

The Miracle of Sharing
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