A Crucifix Without the “INRI” Seems Incomplete

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(Image credit: Marian Gladis, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Some years ago while visiting my parent’s parish in Niagara Falls, the Vincentian priest, during his homily, pointed to the giant crucifix over the tabernacle and said, “…and that is why it reads ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ above the dead body of Our Lord.”

Only problem was, this particular crucifix did not have the “I.N.R.I.” above the corpus.

That curious omission has stayed with me since. Over the years, I have discovered more and more parishes that have a prominently displayed crucifix (over the tabernacle, usually, but sometimes to one side) that lacks the “I.N.R.I.” signage over Jesus’ tilted head.


 Unquestionably all of the gospels mention the inscription (titulus)...READ MORE

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St. Maria Goretti, Young Saint of Mercy, Pray For Us

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On July 6 we commemorate the Feast of St. Maria Goretti, one of the youngest canonized saints in the Catholic Church’s history.  She was eleven years old at the time of her death.

In March 2015, Pope Francis proclaimed a Holy Year of Mercy.  The sacred relics of St. Maria Goretti toured the U.S. as a sign of the true meaning of mercy.  From the moment she forgave her attacker she has been known as the patron saint of mercy.

“Pardoning offenses becomes the clearest expressions of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.  At times how hard it seems to forgive! Yet pardon is the instrument placed into our fragile hands to attain...READ MORE

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Physics Explains the World but Faith Gives It Meaning

07/05/2016 Comments (6)

Fritz von Uhde, “The Ascension of Christ” (1897)

I recently got a note from a young man who is a physics major at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. His name is Nathaniel Strandquist, a self-described “burgeoning Catholic physicist.” Mr. Strandquist wanted to thank me for writing about faith and science from a personal perspective, but I was struck by a simple declaration he made in his note.

“I find that the most attractive parts of the faith to me have very little to do with rationality, and almost everything to do with those intangibles such as love, forgiveness, and human nature.”

How do you like that? The intangibles are the most appealing for him. Perhaps you wonder if Mr. Strandquist is saying that faith requires us to be...READ MORE

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A Sex Ed Success Story

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In 2011 the state of Mississippi passed a law requiring all public schools to teach abstinence education.  This was done with good reason: Mississippi had a terrible track record when it came to teens having sex and teen birth rates.  Back in 1993, the first year the Centers for Disease Control kept track of such things, Mississippi was ranked highest in the country for the number of teens who were sexually active.  According to CDC findings, 69% of MS teens had engaged in sex and the state’s teen birth rates were ranked among the nation’s highest.

Since the law was passed, the percentage of students who had sex decreased more than during any other 6-year-period, based on CDC records.  The...READ MORE

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English Transcript of Archbishop Gänswein's EWTN Germany Interview

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household, speaking to Paul Badde of EWTN Germany.

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In a recent wide-ranging interview on EWTN Germany, Archbishop Georg Gänswein discussed several key contemporary issues including his own controversial remark that, by resigning, Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine office.

During the candid conversation with German author Paul Badde (see full transcript below), the Pope Emeritus’ personal secretary stood by his comment, but also underlined that there are not two popes, and that Francis has full authority.

“There is no competition or rivalry,” Archbishop Gänswein argues. “When applying common sense, faith and a little theology, that should be clear.”

Archbishop Gänswein, who further serves under Pope Francis as prefect of the Pontifical...READ MORE

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10 Ways Listening to Gossip Can Hurt Your Soul

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Eugen von Blaas, “Gossip”, 1903

Years ago, a couple who ran a group home for delinquent boys together in Kalispell, Montana were preparing to leave their job after three years.  Coincidentally, shortly before they had given notice, the grocery bill for the home had doubled.  The director suspected the couple were stocking up on groceries before leaving.  What other reason could there be for groceries to go from the usual $800 to $1,600 in one month?

“What should we do about it?” the home’s director asked the chairman of the board. 

“We aren’t going to be able to prove anything, and they are leaving soon, so just let it go,” he determined.

So, that is how it was handled.  The director and chairman must have been tempted...READ MORE

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Fr. Lombardi: Reports of Vatican Administrator for Medjugorje 'Premature'

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Edward Pentin/NCRegister.com

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ.

– Edward Pentin/NCRegister.com

The Vatican has said reports that Pope Francis is to soon name a special administrator for Medjugorje are “premature”, but it is a hypothesis among others currently under consideration.

In a note to journalists today, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said “in recent days rumors have been circulating about the possible appointment of an apostolic administrator for the Medjugorje shrine”, one which would “report directly to the Holy See.”

Such a possibility is a “hypothetical subject for study among others,” Father Lombardi said, but added “there has still been no decision” about it “and so it is premature to speak of it as a direction already taken, or as an imminent decision”.


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Archbishop Pozzo: SSPX Continuing Dialogue With Holy See

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Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei".

– Wikipedia

Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the Vatican’s point-man for regularizing the Society of St. Pius X, has reaffirmed that the Society is continuing dialogue with the Holy See.

In an interview with Vatican Radio's Italian edition on Friday, the Secretary for the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" said a statement the Society issued last week was not a step back from dialogue, nor did the priestly fraternity say anything new about its view of the current situation in the Church.

But he made clear that although the Society said in its statement that canonical recognition is not a priority, for the Vatican it is an “essential condition” if the SSPX is to come into “full ecclesiastical communion” with...READ MORE

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