Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje: 7 things to know and share

07/17/2014 Comments (55)

Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje? Here are 7 things to know and share.

Medjugorje Today is reporting that Pope Francis has made his decision regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje, though the results have not been announced.

Here are 7 things to know and share . . .


1) What is the source of the claim?

Fr. Kevin Devine, an American priest who has said English-language Masses in Medjugorje for a number of years made the claim after such a Mass on June 25th.


2) Where did he get his information?

From Fr. Miljenko Steko, the Franciscan provincial of the territory in which Medjugorje is located.


3) What did he say?

According to Medjugorje Today:

“Recently, the Provincial of the Franciscans here in Medjugorje (Fr. Miljenko Steko, ed.) was...READ MORE

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To Serve Your Parents

07/17/2014 Comments (12)

This summer, an awful lot of my friends are teaching their kids to cook -- or, even more amazingly, they are making their kids teach themselves to cook.  These enterprising kiddies are preparing no mere sandwiches or cereal for a casual lunch, but they are planning and preparing three-course meals for their entire families, while mom and dad lounge on the back deck, sipping sangria and waiting for the dinner bell.

Late afternoon finds me, on the other hand, slaving over a hot Facebook page, gorging on a smorgasbord of tantalizing photos with captions like: "Here is my 8-year-old carefully chopping the chives she grew in her little garden! This is the second time this week she's made pork...READ MORE

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Some Answers about the Seal of Confession

07/15/2014 Comments (27)

Last week, I wrote a post about the seal of confession, and how a priest in Lousiana is being threatened with contempt of court and jail time if he refuses to disclose what a girl told him in confession. In my post, I said:

However, a penitent may give a priest permission to talk about what was confessed. The penitent may release him from the seal.


If the penitent wants the priest to talk, the priest is no longer morally compelled to keep silent.

This is not accurate, and I appreciate the correction from so many readers. The Seal of Confession is utterly nviolable. According to Canon Law

Can.  983 §1. The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden...READ MORE

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Gaenswein Passes On Condolences After Germany's World Cup Victory

07/14/2014 Comments (3)

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI did not watch the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany on television last night but the Pope emeritus’ secretary, Archbishop George Gaenswein, passed on his condolences to his counterpart who helps look after the affairs of the Holy Father.

The prefect of the Pontifical Household said he watched the match with the Memores Domini – consecrated women who assist Benedict XVI – and all rooted for Germany, although he said he felt sorry for the Argentines. “They played well but I think in the end Germany won deservedly,” he told Vatican Radio.

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the winning goal scored in the final...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Igniting Young People’s Faith and Church Architecture

07/14/2014 Comments (2)

This week on Register Radio, Dan Burke talks with author and speaker Matthew Kelly about his work to ignite the faith of Catholic youth.. and later in the show Dan and architect William Heyer discuss how architecture can draw Church communities heavenward.


Matthew Kelly on Igniting Young People’s Faith

Author and speaker Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves®. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Today he is an...READ MORE

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Re-Islamization in Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Next?

07/14/2014 Comments (32)

Visiting Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Christianity’s first mighty cathedral — now a museum — inaugurated by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in Constantinople in 537, is a mixed blessing.

Nothing can undercut the raw power of this huge structure, constructed in less than six years. Nothing can prevent glimmers of its former splendor from piercing my soul.

Spying the central mosaic of Mother Mary holding Jesus, high up in the semi-dome above the missing altar, I shiver thinking of all she’s survived: earthquakes, invasion, theft, concealment.

But the place is more…dingy than I expected considering its great significance: the building changed the course of sacred construction; it was the world’s...READ MORE

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What Did The Pope Just Say? Zero Things To Know And Share

07/14/2014 Comments (77)

The internet is once again abuzz with the second-hand hearsay of an unrecorded Papal interview.

Pope Francis once again (the third time by my estimation) has given an unrecorded interview to known atheist Eugenio Scalfari in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. And once again we have "shocking" quotes from the Pope that are impossible to substantiate.

And once again we have Vatican Spokesman stating that the 'non-interview' interview authentically "captures the spirit of the conversation," but that the interviewer in the non-interview is a scheming to "manipulate some naïve readers" with inaccurate quotes in his accurate interview.

So let's bottom line this.  The interview is accurate,...READ MORE

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The Seamless Garment: What It Is and Isn’t

07/14/2014 Comments (269)

The Church proposes what is called a “consistent ethic of life”.  It must, of course, do so because it is bound by sacred tradition to the proposition that all human beings, without any exception whatsoever, are made in the image and likeness of God and that Jesus Christ died for all human beings, without any exception whatsoever.  Therefore each human person—without any exception whatsoever—is sacred and is the only creature that God wills for its own sake.

This simple fact is one that our civilization has tremendous difficulty grasping.  All sorts of social and political groups have all sorts of human beings they wish to exempt from this truth—often for purely utilitarian purposes that...READ MORE

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