Cardinal Mueller and Bishop Fellay Hold 'Cordial' Meeting

09/23/2014 Comments (15)

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this morning met Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the Vatican has announced. 

In a statement, the Vatican said:

"On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

"The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.,...READ MORE

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Streamlined Annulment Of Marriages or Jesus?

09/22/2014 Comments (114)

There is real danger in the decision, announced on Saturday some 7 weeks after the fact, Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law, read annulments.

The Holy See Press Office states that the commission has as "its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony."

Simpler and more streamlined while safeguarding principles, who could possibly be opposed to that?

Let's just get this out of the way and state that if the result of the commission is...READ MORE

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Chosenness

09/21/2014 Comments (104)

Some time back, a reader wrote me with an interesting observation:

You know, I just thought of something. I used to have a part-time job as a pest caller (phone surveys, mostly) and so I met a lot of Wiccans. (In the '90's they congregated in phone & restaurant work, for some reason; don't know about now.) And every single one of them was a High Priestess. Every single one. I don't know what that means, if anything, but I noticed it.

I hadn’t thought of it till she pointed it out, but yeah, there does seem to be a glut of High Priestesses and High Priests when it comes to Wicca. Nobody is just a plain old priest, let a alone a mere parishioner. Similarly, all Past Life Regressives seem...READ MORE

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ObamaCare and Abortion—U.S.  Bishops v. HHS

09/20/2014 Comments (23)

This week, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office issued a report that documented widespread  taxpayer funding of elective abortions in insurance plans authorized by the Affordable Care Act. You can find my story on this development here.

The news did not exactly surprise the U.S. bishops or the broader pro-life community. Back in 2010, as Congress debated passage of Obamacare,  pro-lifers warned that the ACA failed to include adequate safeguards to prevent the use of federal subsidies for elective abortion. 

So after the GAO report made headlines, and pro-life activists prepared to use the information against vulnerable Senate Democrats who had voted for ObamaCare, HHS...READ MORE

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Anglicans Narrowly Beat Vatican in Historic Cricket Match

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09/20/2014 Comments (3)

History was made in Canterbury, England, last night when the Vatican’s newly formed cricket team played its first ever match against the Church of England.

The Vatican narrowly lost the 150 minute game in a nail-biting finish: the Vatican scored 106 runs to which the Anglican XI replied with 108 runs with just five balls - closest equivalent to baseball pitches - left in the game.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray, an Anglican college chaplain. “It was a very good match that could have gone either way,” archbishop Welby said. “I seriously hope we do it again – it’s been hugely enjoyable.”

The...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Secular Media & Breakaway Nuns / The Myth of Centering Prayer

09/19/2014 Comments (5)

This week on Register Radio, why is the secular media so fascinated with nuns who break away from the Vatican?  Jeanette De Melo talks with Register correspondent Ann Carey.  She’ll set the record straight—no non-sense. And also… centering prayer, it’s just prayer, right?  Wrong!  Dan Burke’s guest Sharon Lee Giganti debunks the myth.  Get your facts right.

The Secular Media’s Fascination with Nuns

For many years, Ann Carey has written investigative news stories about Catholic women religious and she has recently published an update to her book Sisters in Crisis.  She’ll talk to us about why nuns who break away from the Vatican make headlines, while nuns who are faithful never get on the...READ MORE

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A Treasure Trove of Gems

Priceless insights about our Blessed Mother appear in a new book.

09/19/2014 Comment
courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

– courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

The September feasts of our Blessed Mother — the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Most Holy Name of Mary and Our Lady of Sorrows — are Marian gems of the liturgical kind.

They reminded me of other kinds of Marian gems, specifically those in a recent book called Marian Gems.

The book’s subtitle — Daily Wisdom on Our Lady — sets the opening scene and reason for this great gem by Father Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. It shines and sparkles with beauty and wisdom.

Father Calloway has written several books on Mary, including the exceptionally inspiring Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts From a 21st-Century Priest.

In that book, he included what he called...READ MORE

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Pray Like a Cheerleader

09/19/2014 Comments (14)

The story begins in fairly typical fashion. But it ends differently that most.

A high school in Tennessee was told they were no longer allowed to have a prayer said over the loudspeaker at football games. You know that part of the story well. It looked like the usual cast of ACLU lawyers, scared administrators, and people too busy to care too much. But something different happened at Oneida High School in Tennessee, according to WBIR. Some people cared.

Kevin Acres, the voice behind the loudspeaker for many years, was told that instead of leading the crowd in a pre-game prayer as had been done for close to eighty years he was instructed to initiate a moment of silence.

When Oneida's...READ MORE

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