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Statement of the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, 1968

From the time of its initial presence in the United States until April 1968, the Catholic Church never had an official meeting of its Black Catholic clergy. It also, of course, prevented Black clergy entirely until 1854, possessed no openly...

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Saint Paul VI: Announce the Gospel with love, zeal, and joy

Today, May 29, is the feast of Pope Saint Paul VI, who was canonized in 2018 by Pope Francis. The papacy of Saint Paul VI has been described by many as the most pivotal of the 20th century, and not...

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For celiac Catholics, attending Mass is always a health risk

As you think about returning to Mass, perhaps the thought of receiving the Eucharist makes you nervous. Certainly, there are guidelines to protect your safety, but what if the priest makes a mistake? What if something too small to see...

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St. Matthias and St. JcBwwakaJ (patron saint of the rest of us)

o they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in...

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Fatima: A pilgrimage with the heart

A pilgrimage not done with the feet, but with the heart. — motto of the Sanctuary of Fatima for the 2020 May celebrations In the last couple of days, I have seen not a few people on social media saying...

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Fatima and Francis linkaround

“Dear pilgrims, we have a Mother, we have a Mother! Clinging to her like children, we live in the hope that rests on Jesus.  As we heard in the second reading, “those who receive the abundance of the grace and...

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Loneliness Today, Part VIII: Loneliness and Solitude

The previous installment of “Loneliness Today” touched on the potential spiritually beneficial aspects of loneliness. It discussed the literary or symbolic place (topos) of the “desert” and cited Simone Weil’s controversial assertion that Christianity seeks a supernatural use for suffering...

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Romero’s Rebels: Social Justice in the Midst of Pandemic

As cities around the world begin to peak in Coronavirus infections, many Christians are looking forward to returning to the religious activities and worship that were suspended amid social distancing advisories. Of course, church services are not the only aspect...

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The Humanity and Struggles of the Successor of Peter

“There is the presence of the Holy Spirit, the essence of the new law according to St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. However, this presence does not exclude, but rather demands on the ministerial level the visible, the institutional, the...

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Peter, the Rock and Cornerstone of Christ’s Church

“The word ‘rock’ expresses a permanent, subsisting being; therefore, it applies to the person, rather than to one of his necessarily transitory acts. Jesus’ subsequent words confirm this when he said that the gates of the netherworld, the powers of...

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Faces and voices of the Popes of yore

Sometimes, when browsing the Internet, I like to research footage and recordings of historical figures, especially those who lived before TV and radio were widespread. There is, to me, something fascinating about hearing voices that death has forever silenced in...

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Learn about the Triduum Liturgies with Father Patrick Lewis

In my conversations with the other contributors for Where Peter Is, both on the podcast and in personal conversation, we’ve frequently expressed our appreciation for the ingenuity and creativity of Catholics in coming up with ways to carry out ministry...

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For the Domestic Church, a Paschal Hour

This Easter, due to the suspension of parish activity in the current crisis, will be much different than any most of us have ever experienced. Without in-person access to sacramental liturgy, many families are seeking ways to pray and worship...

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Loneliness Today, Part VII: Going into the Desert

Initially, this installment of “Loneliness Today” was going to be about either the loneliness faced by parish priests (who, in the age of COVID-19, I’m sure miss public celebrations of the Mass just as much as we do) or the...

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Talking to your kids about coronavirus and suffering

Many parents are wondering right now: how do I talk to my child about a global pandemic? We parents are still trying to wrap our minds around this situation ourselves. We may be trying to balance working from home, attempting...

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Now the Elderly Need a Pro-Life Movement

Over the last several decades, those in the pro-life community have fought tooth and nail for the rights of unborn children. We are convicted of their inherent dignity and value. The energy and passion that swells in the pro-life movement...

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Loneliness Today, Part VI: The Spring of Social Distancing

I didn’t originally plan to write about the phenomenon of social distancing in this series; indeed, I wasn’t even aware that the term existed when I began writing these essays about loneliness. However, three months into the “Loneliness Today” series,...

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Loneliness Today, Part V: The Uncoupled

When Pope Francis promulgated the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in 2016, much of its teaching was widely ignored in favor of what would become years of arguing over a single footnote that potentially opens the sacraments to some Catholics who...

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The New Americanism: Conclusions

We have come to the final part of this reflection. In the first five installments, we examined the tendencies that constitute what Pope Leo XIII called Americanism. While we should not conclude that holding only one or two of these...

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The New Americanism, Part Five: Activity

In the late 19th century, Pope Leo XIII saw in the American Church a tendency to value the active life over receptivity to the Holy Spirit. In his 1899 letter to the faithful in America, Testem benevolentiae, Leo identified this...

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