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Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy…

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio – articles – email ) | May 21, 2024 I can remember, from my boyhood in the 1950s, when normal business was suspended on Sundays, the stores would close, and most people would (if only for the sake of a kind of cultural propriety) “go to Church”. And I can remember also when the stores began to be open on Sundays, and how over the years our family began to shop on Sundays, if not with complete comfort, at least with increasing frequency. By the mid-1960s, of course, we lived in an entirely different cultural world. But to be honest, this was usually not the difference between intense religious conviction and religious disbelief. It was mostly a difference in cultural expectations—a difference in how, as a society, we dealt with the reality that most of us...

True and False Democracy in the Catholic Church…

One of the assumptions that seems to animate so many of the conversations surrounding a more synodal Church is that a more “democratized” Catholic Church is by definition a better Church. To that end, we saw in last year’s Synod on Synodality that there was a lot of chatter about a Church that listens to “the people of God.” And those two concepts — a democratized Church and the Church as the people of God — were often conflated to mean almost the same thing.  I think that this conflation is incorrect and that the “people of God” metaphor, used in Lumen Gentium, when properly understood not only does not endorse a more democratic Church but actually implies the opposite. Whenever I saw the “people of God” metaphor referenced in the lead-up to the first part of the Synod on Synodality,...

Spain Archbishop on Schismatic Nuns: ‘I Don’t Know if They Realize the Profound Consequences’…

After pointing out that Sister Paz, the vicaress, told him that the decision to separate from the Catholic Church was unanimous, Iceta said that on the contrary, “the sister who left [the monastery] says that there was no chapter, there was no vote, and therefore it is totally irregular” since “the proper capitular and voting mechanisms of the congregations” have not been respected. Path of reconciliation for the Poor Clares of Belorado A possible path of reconciliation for these Poor Clares, the Spanish prelate noted, involves “first a meeting and a reconsideration, and also listening to them about how they got to this point. They express discontent, they express difficulties, things that they have not conveyed to the [bishop’s] delegate for religious” nor to the chaplain. Then it is nece...

The Pilgrim Bridge, the News, and a Priest of Courage…

The pilgrim bridge, the news, and a priest of courage Skip to content Pillar subscribers can listen to this Pillar Post here: The Pillar TL;DR Hey everybody, Today is the feast of St. Roman Adame Rosales, and you’re reading The Tuesday Pillar Post.  Roman Adame Rosales was born in 1859, in Jalisco, Mexico. In 1890 he became a priest — and during his priesthood, established associations of laity committed to nightly adoration of the Eucharist. Those associations continue to this day, actually. But in the 1920s, anticlerical violence saw Fr. Roman, like many priests, go into hiding, taking their ministries “underground,” and offering Masses in houses, social halls, and other places where they wouldn’t be found. In April 1927, while he was giving a kind of Lenten mission at a place calle...

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Vatican’s New Apparitions Document May Lead to Quicker Pronouncements on Purported Marian Apparitions, Experts Say…

The new Vatican document on how to judge purported apparitions of Mary and other supernatural events tends toward caution but also offers more clarity and transparency, experts told the Register. Going forward, local bishops are not supposed to make a public pronouncement on a reported apparition until the statement is approved by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), which is now taking a more active and more public role in examining such reports. “I appreciate the document. It’s well-written, because it clearly explains what the problems were in the past, and it also moves toward transparency,” said Gloria Falcão Dodd, research professor at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton in Ohio. “There is a call here, first of all, for tran...

The Martyrs of Burrishoole, killed during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland…

[embedded content] Among the many Irish men and women who were cruelly killed during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland were two female tertiaries of the Dominican Order, Honoria Bourke OP and Honoria Magaen OP, who were living out lives of prayer and charity in Burrishoole, Co. Mayo, on the shores of Clew Bay. Services Marketplace – Listings, Bookings & Reviews Entertainment blogs & Forums

Family of Love: A Reflection on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity…

Readings:Deuteronomy 4:32–34, 39–40Psalm 33:4–6, 9, 18–20, 22Romans 8:14–17Matthew 28:16–20 Last Sunday, we celebrated the sending of the Spirit, which sealed God’s new covenant and made a new creation. In this new creation, we live in the family of God, who has revealed himself as a Trinity of love. We share in His divine nature through His Body and Blood (see 2 Peter 1:4). This is the meaning of the three feasts that cap the Easter season— Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi. These feasts should be intimate reminders of how deeply God loves us, how He chose us, from before the foundation of the world, to be His children (see Ephesians 1:4–5). Today’s readings illuminate how all God’s words and works were meant to prepare for the revelation of the Trinity and God’s blessing in J...

German Priests Do Not Support Synodal Way, New Study Finds…

Researchers contacted all of the 847 priests who were ordained between 2010 and 2021 in Germany to take part in the study. “In total, a representative sample of 17.8% took part.” Among other findings, more than 70% of those surveyed said that silent prayer was where they discovered their vocation. “So where do we create such places of silent prayer in our pastoral landscape?” asked Bishop Michael Gerber of Fulda, who heads the bishops’ vocations commission. Lead author Sellmann voiced concerns that priests were more interested in being a pastor and the liturgy than performing as a supervisor or team leader, which was not in line with the role they were expected to play “as managers of ever-larger and more resource-rich complexes.”  Another critical concern identified by the study, acc...

IVF in no way detracts from the precious dignity of persons created through it. So why is IVF wrong? Here are the reasons…..

Artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization. 3D illustration by Mariele CourtoisSpecial to The Leaven In the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth interpreted and announced her fetal child’s joy in the presence of his even-more-miniscule cousin. John the Baptist offered his first prophetic witness from within the womb of his mother. Beginning from conception, each new human retells the story of biological development experienced by Christ himself. A pregnant woman receives the profound grace to contemplate the Savior’s humility. But before he leapt within her womb, Elizabeth was merely hoping for John. In the stillness before his presence, she yearned for a child during years of infertility. Many hopeful parents will meet her in this pain but will never experience the long-awaited miracle. Last ...

Of Shopping Carts and Service: A Pinning Reflection…

I was honored to give a faculty reflection at the Saint Mary’s College Nursing Pinning ceremony today. The graduating class is the first cohort of students I had the privilege of teaching since coming to Saint Mary’s two years ago, and I wanted my reflection to be a gift to them and their families. I wanted it to be something really special and meaningful.  So I ended up writing two.  This was the first one, but I wasn’t satisfied that it struck the right note. Neither was my wife, and I trust her opinion, so I buckled down and hammered out another (which I managed to deliver with a minimum of sobs, believe it or not). Still, I kinda’ like this one, and I did write it for my students, so I’m going to post it here to make it easy to forward to them.&n...

Here are 16 questions ‘60 Minutes’ should have asked Pope Francis…

(Image: Screenshot / www.cbsnews.com) Whatever else it managed to accomplish, Norah O’Donnell’s 60 Minutes interview with Pope Francis, aired on May 19, obliterated that much-lauded program’s reputation for hard-hitting investigative journalism. The questions posed touched on none of the crucial issues raised by the pontificate over the past eleven years, even as they reinforced any number of mainstream media caricatures of the pope, his teaching, and his mode of governance. What questions might Ms. O’Donnell have asked to make for a truly interesting interview on the old Sixty Minutes model? Some possibilities: + Your Holiness, you once responded to a reporter’s question about the specific case of a homosexual priest who was trying to lead an upright life by saying that, if a person turns...