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The Day the Mass Changed - Part Two

The Day the Mass Changed – Part Two

  Introduction to Part II The first reforms of the liturgy were introduced on November 29, 1964, and more were introduced a few months later. This was just a year after the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) and before the Council itself had ended. During the […]

The face of mysterious priest at car wreck

The face of mysterious priest at car wreck

From Fellowship of the Minds: Last Sunday morning, August 4, 2013, on a lonely open stretch of Missouri highway, 19-year-old Katie Lentz was struck head-on by a drunk driver, 26-year-old Aaron Smith. Emergency workers struggled for an hour and a half to free Lentz, pinned inside her mangled Mercedes, but to no avail. Medical workers told rescue […]

The Myth of Pedophile Priests

The Myth of Pedophile Priests

From Fr. Longenecker: As more pedophile priest scandals blow up across Europe we should be ashamed of the offenders and those who sheltered them and oppressed the victims. The guilty should be weeded out, removed from office and handed over to the civil authorities where they are guilty of crimes. Systems to avoid abuse must […]

The Problem with Pope Francis…

The Problem with Pope Francis…

From Fr. Longnecker: As a student at fundamentalist Bob Jones University I can remember the preachers inveighing against what they called “the social gospel”. This was a watered down version of Christianity which avoided talk of sin and salvation, repentance and redemption. The cross and resurrection were studiously avoided to portray a compassionate Jesus who […]

Why is there a crisis in the confessional?

Why is there a crisis in the confessional?

From Catholic Lane: In my last column, we began covering the sacrament of confession by stating that modern Catholicism suffers from a crisis of the confessional.  Here on this site, on social media and in emails, readers have shared their thoughts with me on why this is so.  According to the wisdom of the crowds, […]

The Liturgical Cliff

The Liturgical Cliff

Re-centering the ethos of the Mass on the solemn worship of God prompts fears of a “liturgical cliff” beyond which precious few pastors are willing to push. From The Catholic Thing: Advocates for a more dignified and reverent celebration of the Mass — this author among them — continue to pine for this or that reform that will refocus the liturgy, […]

The Pill is Not Good for Women

The Pill is Not Good for Women

From National Review: The recent Health and Human Services mandate and the ensuing debate appear to have pitted religious-liberty claims against women’s health. But because religious leaders (rightly) focused on the need for a religious exemption, it may appear to some observers that they are unable to articulate a reasoned and weighty response to the […]

Battles Ahead in 2012

Battles Ahead in 2012

From Archdiocese of Washington: It is the first day, back to work for many of us after some delightful holy days, where we have been able to reflect on eternal and heavenly realities. And in this New Year we are going to have many blessings but also some important challenges. Among the challenges we will […]

What hath 'the spirit of Vatican II' wrought?

What hath ‘the spirit of Vatican II’ wrought?

By Matt C. Abbott: The following is a reprint of a chapter (minus endnotes) from Catholic attorney/scholar Peter B. Kelly’s book Cleansing Fire The chapter contains substantial information from another book: Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The Church since Vatican II, authored by Kenneth C. Jones. Chapter 38  A Statistical Analysis “The message (of the […]

He ran through the hail of bullets to rescue his best friend!

He ran through the hail of bullets to rescue his best friend!

In preparation for Church Militant Boot Camp 2011, I want to begin with the inspirational story of Sgt. Giunta. The military’s “Warrior Ethos” is: “I will never leave a fallen comrade.”  I’d like us to begin by asking ourselves whether we have the same resolve when considering the “eternal lives” of our loved ones. Sgt. Salvatore Giunta […]