Harvard's President Has Learned Something about the Eucharist, So Should Catholics

The black mass re-enactment scheduled to take place at Harvard was canceled, marking Drew Faust's dawning appreciation for what the Real Presence means. But how many Catholics "get" the moral of this story?

05/13/2014 Comments (8)

Harvard president, Drew Faust, learned something over the past week: The Eucharist is integral to Catholic belief, and some of the faithful expressed their love and reverance for the Eucharist, as they responded forcefully and prayerfully to the news of a planned re-enactment of the Satanic mass, which mocks  the Eucharist.

Last week, Faust dismissed Catholic outrage about the black mass, which was scheduled for May 12 at a campus pub. Pressed to cancel the event, Faust limited her comments to an expression of support to the right of assembly for participants at the event.

This week, Faust responded differently, calling the black mass "abhorent" and 

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Satanic Mass at Harvard Marks Double Standard for Catholic Beliefs

Father Roger Landry, a Harvard alumn and Fall River priest, writes Harvard's president to ask why its okay to mock Catholic beliefs.

05/08/2014 Comments (83)

In the past couple of days, Harvard University has heard from a slew of Catholics outraged about the planned reenactment of a Satanic mass on campus. The university issued a press release explaining that it wasn't endorsing the event, while the Boston Archdiocese has strongly opposed it, portraying it as an affront to Catholics and dangerous for anyone who participates in it:

This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.

[UPDATE: Catholics takes such matters very seriously. In fact, this week at the Vatican, Pope Francis is hosting a conference on...READ MORE

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Irreplaceable: Focus on the Family's Film Playing Just Tonight in Theaters Near You

05/06/2014 Comments (4)

Focus on the Family has produced a film, Ireplaceable,  which links the elevation of sexual rights with declining rates of marriage, the implosion of the family and  a growing lack oof concern for the needs of children.

Irreplaceable is playing just today in about 700 theaters nationwide. Check Serena Sigillito's out review on The Public Discourse.

Irreplaceable follows the executive director of Focus on the Family New Zealand, Tim Sisarich, as he travels around the world searching for the answers to two vital questions: “What is family?” and “Does family still matter in today’s society?”

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John Paul II and the Clergy Abuse Crisis: Can Saints Make Mistakes?

Pope John Paul II "Ain't No Saint," says the New York Times' Maureen Dowd, and she's not alone.

04/24/2014 Comments (89)

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This week, as millions of Catholics travel to Rome for the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, thie New York Times' columnist, Maureen Dowd, attacked the decision to proclaim the Church's first Polish pope a saint.

John Paul was a charmer, and a great man in many ways. But given that he presided over the Catholic Church during nearly three decades of a gruesome pedophilia scandal and grotesque cover-up, he ain’t no saint. 

It is not the first time Dowd has pounded away at the credibilty of the Catholic Church or of a pope, and it won't be the last. But it is worth pausing to register her remarks because her anger is shared by many Catholics who believe John...READ MORE

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Pelosi Uses Holy Thursday Foot Washing Service to Raise Immigration Issue

04/18/2014 Comments (44)

Pope Francis inspired Catholics across the world last year when he visited a juvenile detention center in Rome to celebrate Holy Thursday, and tenderly washed the feel of a young  Muslim woman. This year, he washed the feet of disabled people in a ceremony that recalls Jesus' humble service and challenging message to the apostles--the "Servant of the servants" takes the path of radical self-sacrifice that leads to the Cross.

Last night, at Rome's  Don Gnocchi facility, which provides services for the elderly and disabled, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper, and his homily  recalled Jesus'  striking actions:

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The Age of Bullies

We don't like bullies on the school playground, but we're giving them a license to intimidate others in the public square, the boardroom, and the university.

03/31/2014 Comments (53)

Many of us bear the scars left by schoolyard bullies, and we applaud efforts to stop such destructive behavior before it harms more children.

But what about the adult bullies who have become a dark and disturbing feature of what now passes for public discourse in our polarized world? 

Last week, Mozilla's CEO , Brendan Eich,  was attacked for making a $1,000 donation in 2008 to California's Proposition 8, which effectively banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State. Some Mozilla employees have demanded that the CEO resign because his donation suggested he supported a discriminatory law and was not truly committed to a diverse workplace.  

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Cardinal O'Malley on The Francis Factor

03/20/2014 Comments (24)

Pope Francis made his first appearance on the world stage shortly after his election, when he stood gravely on the balcony and stared out at the vast crowd of well wishers in St. Peter's Square. He said, "Good evening," and then stunned his audience when he said, "pray for me."

He turned down the papal apartments, and booked a permanent room in the Vatican residence where he could rub elbows with the staff and visitors from near and far.

He routinely offers spiritual counsel and prayers via the telephone, sends alms to the poor, and  goes around the Vatican turning off lights. 

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Arizona Governor Brewer Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill Widely Attacked as "Anti-Gay"

Media headlines described the bill, SB1062, as "allowing denial of service to gays," but a group of top legal scholars said it did no such thing.

02/26/2014 Comments (81)

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a religious freedom bill that had been widely characterized in the media as "anti-gay."

Over the past week, the governor's office reportedly received thousands of calls related to the bill, which news paper headlines described as a license for businesses to discrimination against persons with same-sex attraction.

During a brief press conference, Brewer said that the bill "does not address a specific or pressing concern" and that she had other legislative priorities.

"I have not heard of one example in Arizona where business owners' religious liberty has been violated," Brewer said. "The bill is broadly worded, and could result in unintended and...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California..