Most of us modern Christians congratulate ourselves that we’re tolerant and not judgmental. All that Old Testament brimstone is old hat. We’ve advanced and evolved. We’re more forgiving than our ancestors.
But then a story like this catches our eye:
Shouting, "This is YouTube material!" a 27-year-old British man urinated on a dying woman who had collapsed on the street, the BBC and local Hartepool Mail and Northern Echo tell us. He also doused her with a bucket of water and covered her with shaving cream.
The woman, 50-year-old Christine Lakinski, died at the scene of pancreatic failure.
In a sad sign of the times, it was all recorded on a mobile phone.
Suddenly all those Old...READ MORE
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Opening of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
“If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12).
This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which begins with this Eucharistic celebration. The readings centre on three themes: solitude, love between man and woman, and the family.
Adam, as we heard in the first reading, was living in the Garden of Eden. He named all the other creatures as a sign of his...READ MORE
1.Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus!
“Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat” – Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands. These are the words of the Laudes Regiae that the schola of the cappella papale intoned at the beginning of the liturgy for the twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, which opened the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops today in Rome.
That antiphon echoed Pope Francis’ words at last night’s prayer vigil in anticipation of the Synod. There, he said that Christ is the “definitive Word of the Father and the criterion by which everything is to be measured.” Upon him, the synod fathers must fix their gaze. This morning, the papal choir...READ MORE
Inside St. Peter’s Square at 19:00 Roman hours, Pope Francis presided over a prayer service in preparation for the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the “Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World.” The vigil in anticipation of tomorrow’s opening liturgy was celebrated in the company of thousands of pilgrims from all the dioceses of Italy, including many families and young couples, representatives of ecclesial movements and associations, and religious women and men.
As Centro Televisivo Vaticano cameras panned the crowds gathered inside the square, it became apparent that a sea of young married couples and families had turned out to...READ MORE
Kim Davis, county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who was famously jailed for five days in September for refusing to grant marriage licences to homosexuals, had a “religious awakening” in 2011.
Her personal history is so complex, it could have found its way into a Friends subplot. Four marriages and three divorces (in 1994, 2006 and 2008). Henry VIII had only two divorces.
Davis’s mother-in-law (one of them) asked her to go to church as her ‘dying wish’, and she did. And she continues to go: three times a week. She stopped wearing make-up and jewelry, and started wearing dresses that descend below the knee — all in obedient keeping with the Apostolic Pentecostal congregation’s tenets on...READ MORE
During his homily at the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis emphasized an important call for our world: a call to love and holiness. He said this all begins at home within the confines of the family.
About two weeks ago, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) aired the network special DanceBattle America, which featured non-professional dance groups competing against one another. Several groups performed, most of which were families or close friends.
What does a TV show have to do with Pope Francis’ message at the World Meeting of Families?
Here’s the answer:
Michael, Michelle, and their daughter Ali Hoffman of Dallas were all featured on DanceBattle America, which aired Sept. 14...READ MORE
I didn't start attending the "Latin Mass" out of some strange, retrograde desire to unring the bell of the liturgical changes brought on by the Second Vatican Council. Nor did I first darken the door of the local Chapel staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter because I was shocked— shocked!— by the liturgical abuses of my juridical parish. Rather, when Benedict XVI issued his motu proprio Summorum Pontificium in 2007— and my liberal Catholic friends started gnashing their proverbial teeth, rending their clichéd garments, and literally wringing their hands— I thought I'd find out what all the skull-clenching was about.
Born in 1970, I grew up knowing only the Novus Ordo Mass. And...READ MORE