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‘The Feast of Priests’ (3782)

Archbishop's José Gomez teaches on the sacrament holy orders.

04/21/2011 Comments (4)

The archbishop is pictured last month at a conference in Los Angeles.

Cardinal Mahony, my brother bishops, my dear brother priests and deacons; religious and consecrated men and women, seminarians; all of you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

This is a special moment of grace for me. This is my first chrism Mass with my brother bishops and priests, my first co-workers in the apostolic work of building the Kingdom of God here in the great Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

I love this ceremony in which we bless the holy oils — the signs and instruments through which our priests carry out their ministry of salvation.

It is so fitting that we do this during Holy Week. For these signs of divine grace draw the supernatural power they communicate from the...READ MORE

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Evangelical Convert, Royal Maundy, New Hungarian Constitution, The Eucharist, Holy Thursday, + more! (3022)

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04/21/2011 Comments (1)

Saint Benedict Menni, the priest who gave his life to outcasts in an era of anti-clericalism.

Evangelical Convert: Pam Forrester - Why I’m Catholic

What Impact Will the New Ordinariate Faithful Make? - Damian Thompson, Telegraph

The Royal Maundy - Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Priest Who Changed the Way We Treat the Mentally Ill - Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

New Hungarian Constitution Invokes Saint Stephen, Abolishes Abortion - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower

The Eucharist Makes the Church - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Screen Pilates:  Richard Boone - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Holy Thursday - Mike Aquilina, The Way of the Fathers

Was There a Passover Lamb at the Last Supper? - Brant Pitre, The Sacred Page

Son Rise - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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A Good Confession, Excitement of Holy Week, Tridu—wha?, Lawyers, International Law, and much more! (2736)

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04/21/2011 Comment

Father Bartolomé de las Casas O.P. (b. at Seville 1474 A.D.; d. at Madrid, 1566 A.D.), a controversial figure to this day, is considered by some the founding father of International Law.

20 Tips For Making A Good Confession - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Excitement of Holy Week in the Parish - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Spiritual Direction is Not Psychological Counseling - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

“God’s Partisans Are Back” - Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

Anti-Catholicism on Film, Anno Domini 1911 - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Tridu—wha? - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

Catholics and the Practice of Law - Matt Emerson, Patheos

Elisabeth Sladen of Dr. Who Fame (1948-2011 A.D.) - LarryD, The American Catholic

Premodern Polish Origins of International Law - David Lantigua, The School of Salamanca


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The Crucifixion Bird, Judas, Viri Selecti, Last Supper, Distributism, Modern Economy, and much more! (3314)

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04/20/2011 Comment

The Crucifixion Bird, commonly called the Goldfinch. The story goes that the goldfinch alighted on the Cross and tried to remove thorns from the head of Christ with its beak (hence the bird has a face stained with the blood of Christ).

Because the Beggar Just Might Be an Angel - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

The Crucifixion Bird - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Glass is Half Full - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Judas’ Greatest Sin - Charlie Douglas, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Distributism and the Modern Economy - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Viri Selecti - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Mass of the Last Supper is the Most Beautiful in Holy Week - Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Missionary of the Passion: Father James Kent Stone, C.P. (1840-1921 A.D.) - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Cause Moves Ahead - Susan Brinkmann O.C.D.S., Women of Grace...READ MORE

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Taking the Measure of Relics of the True Cross (9827)

04/20/2011 Comments (8)

– CNS photo

Whenever the subject of bogus relics comes up, you can count on someone saying, “There are enough pieces of the True Cross to rebuild Noah’s Ark!” Whoever delivers that punch line probably does not know that he or she is echoing the 16th-century Dutch humanist Erasmus, who, in a satire on pilgrimages, wrote, “So they say of the cross of Our Lord, which is shown publicly and privately in so many places, that, if all the fragments were collected together, they would appear to form a fair cargo for a merchant ship.”

Clearly, this is a punch line with a pedigree, but is it accurate? That would appear to be a difficult, if not impossible, question to answer. But in the last half of the 19th...READ MORE

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Hope for Ukraine (4071)

40-year-old bishop chosen to head the largest Eastern-rite Church. Will it help mend fences with the Russian Orthodox?

04/20/2011 Comments (8)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, the new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, is seen during an interview with Catholic News Service in Rome March 30.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

Catholics in Ukraine — and Ukrainian Catholics throughout the world — have a new bishop. On March 23, the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church elected Sviatoslav Shevchuk, 40, as major archbishop of Kiev. He succeeds Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop since 1994. Cardinal Husar, 78, retired because of his health.

Archbishop Shevchuk’s election was confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI on March 25. When he was installed March 27 at the Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection of Christ in Kiev, the new major archbishop commented: “The death of hundreds of thousands of our laity, priests, monks and nuns — led by our bishops — was a death on the cross and, therefore, a giver of...READ MORE

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Origin of Bishop's Mitre, RIP Dr. Who Actress, No Mass on Good Friday and in Heaven, and more! (3451)

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04/19/2011 Comment

The Tiara, sometimes referred to as the papal crown, is shown here being worn by Blessed John XXIII (Pope John XXIII).

Where Did the Bishop’s Mitre Come From? - Anthony S. Layne, The Impractical Catholic

Holy Week and Padre Pio: An Interview from 1945 A.D. - Theresa Rita, Zeal for Your House Consumes Me: Following Christ in the 21st Century

There is No Mass on Good Friday and There is No Mass in heaven - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Because Christ Sacrificed Himself So That We May Live - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

New Translation:  The Roman Canon Part VI (The Words of Institution, Secunda Pars) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

R.I.P.: Doctor Who Actress Elizabeth Sladen, a.k.a., Sarah Jane Smith - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Don’t Water It Down - Paul Zummo, The American...READ MORE

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Purgatory Made Simple, A Look Inside Benedict XVI's Daily Life, Mediæval Education, + more! (4439)

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04/19/2011 Comment
Deo Gratias!

Six Years Ago Today, Habemus Papam!

– Deo Gratias!

Purgatory Made Simple - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Examining George Stack, the Next Archbishop of Cardiff - A Reluctant Sinner

Mediæval Authors can Offer a Model of How True Education Works: Virtue Seeking Truth Through Friendship - Matthew J. Milliner, MercatorNet

Help The Crescat Go to Rome! - The Crescat

Six Years Ago Today . . . - Robert Kumpel, The Last Papist Standing

At Home with the Pope: Inside Benedict’s Daily Life and Menu - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa

When a Curse Becomes a Blessing, Only God Can Do That - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Archbishop Martin Says Irish-American Sentimentalism Is Incomprehensible: But It’s...READ MORE

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