Liturgy & Priesthood

Crazy “Lady Bishop” Grabs Eucharist

July 13, 2009

Geez, we have some nuts in our Church. Austrian female ‘bishop’ seizes Eucharist http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3478 An Austrian woman who identified herself as a Catholic bishop snatched the Blessed Sacrament from a ciborium after she was refused Communion at a Mass in Linz. Bishop Ludwig Schwarz had declined to administer the Eucharist to Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, who has [...]

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Ed Peters on Archbishop Milingo

June 26, 2009

The Insordescence of Archbishop Milingo Demands Response Insordescence. It’s not a likable word. It’s not a likable thing. But Abp. Milingo is insordescent. And he needs to be dealt with. Read how, here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/06/insordescence-of-abp-milingo-demands.html Milingo schism grows with ordination of another bishop http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3327 Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who incurred automatic excommunication in 2006 when he ordained [...]

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Steve on Webcam from Ave Maria Radio Studios

June 22, 2009

From 3:00-5:00 PM I (Steve Ray) will be hosting Al Kresta’s show live from the studios of Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor Michigan (see topics below). You can listen over the internet and learn more at Ave Maria Radio, but I will also be covered on live video cam from the studio (see directly [...]

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Should Lay Ministers Give Blessings in Lieu of the Eucharist?

May 11, 2009

Lay ministers of holy Communion should stop offering “blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion” at Mass Concerns about swine flu have prompted many parishes to discontinue the routine administration of the Precious Blood. Okay, fine.* But there’s another Communion rite practice that should also cease if only out of concerns for public health. This time, however, it’s a practice that [...]

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Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on Pelosi and Archbishop Wuerl

May 8, 2009

A response to Abp. Wuerl’s claims that canon law supports his inaction in regard to Nancy Pelosi Abp. Donald Wuerl of Washington DC continues to defend his refusal to withhold holy Communion from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a number of ways, but his recent claims that canon law supports his inaction attract my [...]

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Swine Flu & the Eucharist

May 1, 2009

Texas diocese reacts to swine flu: Communion under one kind, disinfect holy water fonts http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2771 In the wake of mounting concern about a swine flu pandemic, Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, Texas, has directed that Holy Communion be distributed under one kind and that holy water fonts be disinfected after properly disposing of the holy [...]

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Steve on Catholic Answers Live Monday – Priesthood!

April 27, 2009

Today I will be on the 2nd hour of Catholic Answers Live discussing the newly announce Year of the Priest. For info later on how to listen to archived replay, click here; to listen on-line tonight, click here. I took this picture (right) of the incorrupt body of St. Jean Vianney on our last trip [...]

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New Ordinations for the USA

April 22, 2009

465 Americans to be ordained priests; 1/4 foreign-born, majority on dean’s list in college http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2680 The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released data on members of the ordination class of 2009. A remarkable 55% who responded to a survey were on the dean’s list in college, while 11% were college valedictorian or [...]

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Pewsitter Petition to Bishops

March 13, 2009

The Pewsitter Petition on Canon 915 (from my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters) Pewsitter.com has published an on-line petition by which Catholics may call upon bishops to withhold holy Communion from Catholic political figures who gravely disregard Church teaching on certain fundamental life issues. The petition invokes canon law in support of some of [...]

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Parish Holy Water Fonts Empty? Full of Sand?

March 12, 2009

Some poor parisheners are suffering this from the “progressive” and trendy practice of emptying holy water fonts and baptismal fonts during Lent. Some parishes have even been known to fill the font with sand after the water is emptied out. I guess this is to symbolize the desert. Clever, trendy, but not in line with [...]

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Support Humanae Vitae Priests

March 8, 2009

(CatholicCulture.org)  One has to be thankful for the new project by Human Life International to connect with and support “Humanae Vitae Priests”–those priests who are not content to remain silent on a moral question that is so close to the root of contemporary hedonism. In addition to providing these priests with excellent resources, the effort [...]

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New English Translation of the Mass

March 6, 2009

(CatholicCulture.org) If you want to really understand why the Church is developing a new translation of the Mass, look no further than the brilliant address on this subject given by the new Archbishop of Detroit, who is also a member of the U.S. Bishops’ Worship Committee. Archbishop Allen Vigneron spoke at the Gateway Liturgical Conference [...]

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George Weigel on the Recent Lifting of Excommunication

February 5, 2009

Rome’s Reconciliation Writing for Newsweek, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel explores and explains Pope Benedict XVI’s lifting of excommunication of four Lefebvrist bishops, including Holocaust denier Richard Williamson: “the lifting of Williamson’s excommunication in no way constitutes a papal endorsement of Williamson’s lunatic view of history, or a retraction of John Paul II’s 1998 [...]

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Best Group of Guys Ever!

December 20, 2008

Better than a football team; better than a Men’s Club; better than a precision military unit or SWAT team. These are the cream of the crop. These guys are princes! Yeah, I know that the Cardinals are called princes of the Church. I’ve met many of them including Cardinals Ratzinger, Schonborn, Wamala, Vidal, Arinze and [...]

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Does the New Testament Suggest A Priesthood?

October 24, 2008

Here is an article written by a friend and fine young apologist named William Albrect. It was inspired by a question he received: “Hello Mr. Albrecht. A certain Joe Mizzi claims that there is no warrant for a priesthood in the New Testament. Here are the comments he makes in contention to this. This is [...]

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Women Priests, a Canon Lawyer Speaks

October 8, 2008

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on a recent priest’s comment on Women’s Ordination: Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal is getting some attention in the Catholic blogosphere, and it should: the WSJ article presents a casus classicus of how priestly ministry disappeared under the allure of social activism for [...]

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