From my friend and Canon Lawyer Edward Peters: A few questions related to ordinations always seem to surface about this time of year. Below are four (well, actually, five) points on blessings and indulgences related to ordinations that might be useful to recall. Click here.
Christians now outnumber Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa by 2 to 1 A study published on April 15 by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has found that the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa grew from seven million in 1900 to 470 million today. During the same time period, the number of Muslims [...]
New Vatican web site offers resources on sex-abuse issue http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=6053 The Vatican has created a new web site offering resources to explain the Church’s handling of sex-abuse problems. Deal Hudson on how the bishops should respond.
From my friend Joe Reynolds from Skyline Productions: If you can’t make it to a Good Friday Liturgy on April 2nd you can tune in “LIVE” at www.catholictvmass.com for coverage of the Good Friday Liturgy with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in Phoenix, Arizona from Ss Simon and Jude Cathedral. Coverage begins at 3pm Arizona time [...]
Vatican answers critics on abuse http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=5725 Pounded by stories in the European media about the sex-abuse scandal that is exploding across the continent, the Vatican released an unusual statement on Saturday, March 13, defending Church policies and refuting stories that had sought to link Pope Benedict XVI directly to the scandal. Today there are thousands [...]
NEW YORK — As a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Grant Desme might’ve gotten the call every minor leaguer wants this spring. Instead, he believed he had another, higher calling. Desme announced Friday that he was leaving baseball to enter the priesthood, walking away after a breakout season in which he became MVP [...]
UPDATE 12/19/09 from Ed Peters: Why is this Milingo case getting complicated? A new statement from the Holy See’s Press Office, if it has been accurately reported, is muddying the waters about the Church’s stand on the ability of schismatic bishops to confer holy orders. I’m looking for some clarity: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/12/why-is-this-milingo-case-getting.html Archbishop Milingo stripped of [...]
Jeff Miller posted an interesting commentary on his Facebook account. It regards Jimmy Carter pontificating on church history. What a joke — that’ like me giving a lecture on brain surgery. I have provided the full text below. I agree with Jeff! Frankly, I consider Carter the 2nd worst president in US history (the 1st [...]
From Canon Lawyer Ed Peter’s Website: Well, really, it’s more of a “non-note” on celibacy for incoming Anglican ministers. A few days ago the Holy See Press Office issued a note on whether married Anglican ministers coming into full communion would be required to observe celibacy if they sought Catholic holy orders. The statement clarifies [...]
… in that if I find out a priest or friend has caused scandal in the Church, I am not going to sweep it under the rug or act as though it didn’t happen. I say this because I just found out that a friend of ours who has stayed at our home has a [...]
Having just been to the Mount of Beatitudes in Galilee — celebrating Mass outdoors looking over the Sea, the readings for this Sunday again strike a cord. They are the beatitudes from Matthew’s gospel and they are read at every Mass on the mountain. Here is a great video reflection to prepare us for All [...]
New book from Vatican offers resources for priests on celebrating Mass The Congregation for Divine Worship has completed a new volume, the <i>Compendium Eucharisticum</i>, designed to help priests celebrate Mass with proper reverence. The compendium, prepared at the request of Pope Benedict XVI, includes prayers, theological texts, and other study materials. Cardinal Antonio Canizares, the [...]
Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 years Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has offered the first solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in St. Peter’s Basilica since the promulgation of the ordinary form four decades ago. The Pontifical Mass took [...]