Category Archives: Catholic

What is a church, that we should be mindful of it?

I found myself crying, as I watched Notre Dame burn. I’d only been there once; why was I crying? I cried as I watched the people gathered to sing the Hail Mary as they watched the Cathedral of Our Lady … Continue reading

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Clericalism and the Doctrine of Scandal

The doctrine of scandal in the Catholic church is based on the scriptural injunction ((Romans 14:13ff, for example) to avoid doing anything that would shake the faith of others, particularly those whose faith is less mature. In practice, this has … Continue reading

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About the Vigano memo

Last night, the former papal nuncio to the US released an 11 page letter containing breathtaking allegations that many high-ranking clergy, even including popes, knew about the abusive behavior of former Cardinal McCarrick. If true, this is devastating, and it … Continue reading

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#CatholicsForAction gather this weekend

Thanks to Adrienne Alexander who shares the following information: After the PA Grand Jury, I was very disappointed with the initial USCCB response, then I went Mass for the feast of the Assumption, heard essentially nothing & got quite upset. I … Continue reading

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Dear Catholic clergy: Please say something.

Dear Catholic clergy, Please, say something about the Pennsylvania report at Mass. At every Mass. We need to hear you say something about it. We need to know you are paying attention, that this is not just business as usual. … Continue reading

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Conjugal Friendship? Works for Me.

Maria Gwyn McDowell at WIT engages vigorously with Giacamo Sanfilippo’s post at Public Orthodoxy, and I agree with a great deal of what she says, particularly the non-remarkableness of a man who is a husband and father finding “ultimate satisfaction” … Continue reading

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Phrases and Shapes in Two Languages: Hail Mary, Ave Maria

The other night, I got to praying/playing around with the Hail Mary in both English and Latin, and found some interesting differences in shape. Here’s the traditional text, as every English-speaking Catholic child learns it: Hail Mary, full of grace, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on sacramental preparation in the Catholic Church today

@VictoriaGaile I would love to read your thoughts on anything related but esp things like homework for 1st communion but not for marriage? — Rae (@VitaCatholic) September 25, 2016 Note: some of what I’ve written here is based on my … Continue reading

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Random musings after mass on this Feast of the Assumption

It’s not a holy day of obligation in my diocese, but because I had taken the day off work, I went to the noon mass today, which had about 4 times the usual number of attendees. There was a lily-ish … Continue reading

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Art, Co-Redemption, and Kenosis: Reading the Vierge Ouvrante

An intricate piece of devotional art at the Walters Art Museum captured my imagination this last weekend. This particular piece is carved from ivory, and is an example of a type of medieval art known as a Vierge Ouvrante, or … Continue reading

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