Pope Benedict's 'SHOCKING' Statement on the Jews!

Friday, March 04, 2011 12:59 AM Comments (112)

The long-awaited second volume of Pope Benedict’s work Jesus of Nazareth is about to come out. (You can pre-order it here!).

This was the book he had started before his election to the papacy and which, in spite of the burdens of his office, he determined to press on with.

Because he’s now pope, the book is attracting vastly more attention than if he had become a private theologian at the end of John Paul II’s reign, and as with everything pope—the press is determined to make the most of it, even when they don’t have the facts quite right.

The book isn’t even out yet, but based on excerpts that have already been released, the press is already having a field day.

For once, however, they...READ MORE

Filed under anti-semite, anti-semitism, benedict xvi, crucifixion, jesus, jesus of nazareth, jews, judaism, pope benedict

Kissling: Abortion Advocates Must Evolve Or Fail

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 12:14 AM Comments (28)

Frances Kissling, who made her career and her reputation by sticking a finger in the Catholic Church’s eye for decades as head of the inaccurately named “Catholics for Choice,” has written a piece for the Washington Post in which she argues that abortion leaders are inflexible, change-resistant ideologues who are stuck in a timewarp and are using outdated, myth-based arguments that have caused them to lose ground, ground she says they cannot recover, and that they risk losing the abortion fight entirely.

Let’s hope she’s right!

Especially about that inflexible change resistance leading to losing the abortion fight entirely. That’s the best part.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t seen the light...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholics for a free choice, catholics for choice, catholics for free choice, frances kissling, pro-abortion, pro-choice, pro-life, trimester

Pope Questions Celibacy?

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 12:54 AM Comments (181)

There’s a story that’s been percolating around some quarters for the last few days, but until recently it hasn’t breached the English-speaking news net. It’s likely to.

The nub of the story is this: In 1970 the young(er) theologian Joseph Ratzinger signed a letter to the German conference of bishops suggesting that the Church reconsider the practice of clerical celibacy as the norm for the Latin Church.

Given the MSM’s fixation on the Catholic Church and sex—and particularly its dislike of clerical celibacy—this story could potentially gain traction.

So far, it’s been picked up by the UK-based Catholic Herald, by one of USA Today’s blogs, as well as a number of other outlets, but it...READ MORE

Filed under celibacy, german conference of bishops, john paul ii, joseph ratzinger, karl lehmann, karl rahner, pope benedict, priestly celibacy, walter kaspar

Fr. Cutie: Fallen Priest Gets Own Show . . . on FOX!

Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:03 AM Comments (183)

According to this piece by NPR,

A former Roman Catholic priest who left the church to marry his girlfriend after the two were photographed embracing on a South Florida beach is getting a new TV show.

Alberto Cutie (KOO’-tee-ay) announced Tuesday he will host the daily talk show “Father Albert” on Fox stations. A Fox spokeswoman says the show will be aired later this year in cities including New York and Los Angeles. It will be picked up nationwide if it does well.


Okay, now that you’ve picked yourself up off the floor, note that this is only a program in local markets. More detail is provided by The Hollywood Reporter:

Father Alberto Cutie, a bestselling author of self-help books...READ MORE

Filed under albert cutie, alberto cutie, archdiocese of miami, canon law, celibacy, episcopal church, scandal

"Vatican Warned Bishops Not To Report Child Abuse"!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 11:37 PM Comments (339)

That’s the sensationalistic headline of this story in the New York Times. As usual, it’s by Laurie Goodstein, and as usual she makes significant errors in her reporting that make the story more sensationalistic in a way that (just coincidentally) paints the Holy See in an unfavorable light. (So . . . what’s up with that, Laurie? You’ve been on the beat long enough that you should be better informed on these matters.)

As with previous stories of the same nature, this one involves a document from back in the 1990s that has now come to the attention of the press. It was a letter written by the Apostolic Nuncio of Ireland (that’s basically the Holy See’s ambassador to Ireland, though he also...READ MORE

Filed under abuse, benedict xvi, bishops, congregation for clergy, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, dario castrillon hoyos, ireland, laurie goodstein, luciano storero, murphy commission

John Paul II: The Insta-Saint?

Monday, January 17, 2011 6:19 PM Comments (50)

My blogging confrere Pat Archbold currently has a post in which he looks at the question of how quickly saints get minted and, though he doesn’t name him, whether John Paul II’s cause for sainthood should proceed quite so fast a clip.

The question of how saints are canonized, how the process should work, and how long it should take is something that has long interested me, so I thought I’d chime in and offer a few thoughts as well.

First, I appreciate Pat’s desire to see canonization processes be slow, leisurely things in which there is lots of time for reflection.

On the other hand, I also appreciate the desire on the part of people in general, when we’ve clearly witnessed the life of...READ MORE

Filed under beatus, benedict xvi, blessed, canonization, john paul ii, miracle, mother theresa, saint, sainthood

Pope Challenges Big Bang Theory!

Friday, January 14, 2011 1:03 AM Comments (43)

Yes! It’s true!

If you believe all the nonsense there is on the Internet.

Take for example, this story from NBC’s station WTHR and its “Eyewitness News” team:

Pope Challenges Big Bang theory

Vatican City - Pope Benedict is offering his thoughts on how the universe was created.  Thursday, the Pope said God’s mind was behind the complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea the universe was created by chance.

The Pope has rarely talked about specific scientific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists say caused the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago.

The Pope added scientific theories on the origin and development of...READ MORE

Filed under astronomy, benedict xvi, big bang, chance, cosmology, design, evolution, faith, pope, science

Liturgical Pet Peeve #78: Changing the Prayer of the Faithful Response

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:47 AM Comments (191)

Just today I was reviewing a proofread version of my forthcoming book Mass Revision: Your Essential Guide to the Changes in the Liturgy, which is scheduled to come out in just a few months. It seemed like an opportune time to do a post about liturgy, so here goes . . .

There’s a passage in C. S. Lewis somewhere in which he talks about liturgy being like dancing. As a dancer, dance instructor, and dance caller (I call square dances, contra dances, etc.) I recognize just how apt the comparison he makes is. What he says is that learning the liturgy is like learning to dance. At first you are focused on the mechanics and trying to get them right. When you’re new to the liturgy it’s rather...READ MORE

Filed under c s lewis, dancing, liturgical abuse, liturgy, missal, translation

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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."