Secret, Closed-Door Vatican Smackdown?

Thursday, December 01, 2011 11:11 PM Comments (18)

Back on November 10, well-respected Vaticanista Sandro Magister reported:

Precisely when the G20 summit in Cannes was coming to its weak and uncertain conclusion, on that same Friday, November 4 at the Vatican, a smaller summit convened in the secretariat of state was doing damage control on the latest of many moments of confusion in the Roman curia.

In the hot seat was the document on the global financial crisis released ten days earlier by the pontifical council for justice and peace. A document that had disturbed many, inside and outside of the Vatican.

The secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, complained that he had not known about it until the last moment. And precisely for...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, documents, economics, g-20, holy see, john thavis, magisterium, pontifical commission for justice and peace, sandro magister, secretariate of state

The Four Liturgists of the Apocalypse

Sunday, November 27, 2011 1:36 PM Comments (87)

The Register recently asked me to do a post on what I saw at Mass this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday using the new translation of the Roman Missal.

Happy to oblige! So here’s what happened . . .

I arrived at Mass a few minutes early and took my seat in the pew. The particular parish I was attending had not done a lot of prep work for the new translation.

In fact, I saw that the Roman Missal they had was still in its shiny, new shrinkwrap.

And behold, there were seven seals upon its shrinkwrap.

I heard the cantor proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the Missal and break its seals?”

And no one in the parish was able to open the Missal or to look...READ MORE

Filed under humor, liturgy, mass, roman missal, translation

Did Jesus Quote the Deuterocanonicals? Receiving the Holy Spirit in Acts. Should I Quit My Job?

Saturday, November 26, 2011 4:00 PM Comments (13)

You often hear that Jesus and the apostles quoted from the deuterocanonical books of the Bible—those that aren’t in the Protestant Old Testament. Did they? If not, what does the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament tell us about the canonicity of those books?

In Acts 8 Luke describes a situation where a group of people have been baptized, but he says that the Holy Spirit hasn’t fallen on them yet. If we receive the Holy Spirit in baptism, how can we explain this?

What if you work in a hospital that performs In Vitro Fertilization or other immoral procedures. If your own work is doesn’t involve those, do you still have to quit your job?

These are among the questions we explore in this...READ MORE

Filed under acts, apocrypha, charismatic, confirmation, deuterocanonicals, ethics, holy spirit, hospital, in vitro fertilization, ivf

New TV Program on 1st Female Pope?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:32 PM Comments (57)

A still from the movie "Pope Joan"

The other day a press release lands in my email inbox and blares:


The Incredible Legend of the Only Female Pope

Two-Part Television Miniseries Event Premieres Sunday and Monday, December 18-19, 2011 at 8pm ET and at 8pm PT

Oh, great. The “Pope Joan” thing again.

REELZCHANNEL? I’ve never heard of that before. And it’s no wonder with a name like REELZCHANNEL. What were their corporate branding people thinking? That Z for S substitution in the middle of two words slammed together is just painful to think about.

But back to the story . . .

(Albuquerque, NM) Tuesday, November 22, 2011—REELZCHANNEL—TV About Movies® today announced...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholic, dan brown, film, history, legend, movie, movies, pope joan, television

How to Solve Moral Dilemmas (Plus: How to Recognize Hypocrisy)

Monday, November 21, 2011 12:06 AM Comments (6)

There are many times in life where we’re confronted with moral dilemmas. It seems like all of our options are bad—even sinful. But are they really? What are we supposed to do in these situations? How can we solve the dilemma? 

For example, suppose your child is desperately sick and the only cure is one that was derived from unborn babies who were killed for medical research. Can you use the vaccine to save your child’s life? Does doing so mean you’re cooperating with the culture of death?

And if you use the cure, does that make you a moral hypocrite? How can we assess charges of hypocrisy?

These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!

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Filed under cooperation with evil, dilemmas, embryo, embryonic research, hypocrisy, hypocrites, moral theology, stem cells, televangelists

What Do You Think of This Liturgical Song?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:39 PM Comments (125)

Last Sunday, through unforeseen circumstances, I arrived at Mass just a couple of moments late and came in during the first reading. As I made my way to the pew, I recognized the reading as the familiar celebration of the ideal wife from Proverbs 31.

Cool! I’ve always liked that passage. It’s got a lot of neat and insightful stuff in it.

Then, after the responsorial Psalm there was the reading from 1 Thessalonians about the end of the world, and finally the Gospel reading from Matthew 25’s parable of the talents. (Which, believe it or not, is where we actually get the English word talent, referring to an ability or aptitude. That usage comes from this parable, where the talents are used...READ MORE

Filed under feminism, hymns, inclusive language, liturgical music, liturgy, mass, music, readings, song, women

Tough Questions on Confession

Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:49 PM Comments (7)

Can a priest force you to confess your crimes to the police? How about your parents? Or your teachers? Or your spouse? Or the IRS?

What should you do if a priest doesn’t say “I absolve you” in confession? How should you handle cases of doubtful absolution? What should you say to the bishop?

Is it possible to be reconciled with God without going to confession? What about Protestants who commit mortal sins? When is general absolution warranted? And what about the dying who can’t confess?

These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!

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Filed under absolution, anointing of the sick, canon law, confession, general, general absolution, murder, penance, police, priest

Sinead O'Connor Laughs Off Pope-Killing Fantasies, Blames Own Twitter Followers

Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:00 AM Comments (25)

According to FOX News:

Irish songstress Sinead O’Connor came under fire a few weeks ago when she took to Twitter to announce that she would perform a “bloodbath” if Pope Benedict XVI visited Ireland.

“Young people of Ireland I love u’ said Sinead as she pulled the [f**king] trigger,” the artist tweeted, referencing the famous words of John Paul II, which he uttered in his 1979 pilgrimage to Ireland.

Okay, the offense meter just maxed out the scale.

But O’Connor is changing her tune, insisting that her words were all in innocent humor.

I’ll bet she is. I’ve got one word for you, Sinead: “NOT FUNNY.”

“That was just nonsense. Come on! See, that’s the trouble with Twitter, you know,...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, ireland, john paul ii, saturday night live, sinead o'connor, women priests, women's ordination

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."