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It is occasionally instructive to view events through the lens of the… “other side”. Hence, we might look at the panicky reaction over the USCCB elections over at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter). One has the image of that … Read More
At The Catholic Thing there is a good description by David Carlin of the miserable, enervated choke the bishops showed the world at their last USCCB meeting. As my dad, a connoisseur of baseball puts it, it’s hard to win with … Read More
The Fishwrap is known by various monikers. The editors call it the National catholic Reporter in defiance of a decree of their local bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bp. Helmsing, who ordered them to remove “Catholic” from their … Read More
The US bishops are going to meet in their annual November blabfest. It seems they will discuss how to revive belief in and devotion to the Eucharist. I am not overly sanguine about their ability to produce anything proportioned to … Read More
In a time when 75% of US Catholics don’t believe in the Real Presence… NEWSFLASH!!!! … 75% of bishops vote to teach about the Eucharist!
Today the USCCB overwhelmingly voted yes to the drafting of a document about the Eucharist. Only 66% was needed to move that document forward and the approval garnered 75% of the bishops’ votes. Given that the Pew survey a couple … Read More
A couple of reading assignments for this morning. Check out Ross Douthat on the Left’s “schism” hysteria. HERE Also, at Crisis there is a piece which suggests the abolition of the USCCB. HERE This passage summed up a lot of what … Read More
Beware. This piece from NRO might provoke thoughts that require confession. I’m not kidding. That said, this blistering entry by Declan Leary jabs a serious bruise. Themes: passing v. lasting – passivity and reaction v. activity v. proaction. Let’s … Read More
How many times have I written it here? Nothing we undertake as a Church, this plan or that project or this resolution to form a committee or action item, will succeed unless it flows from and returns to our sacred … Read More
As the US bishops meet in a retreat at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, with reflections by Rainiero Cantalamessa and the aegis of – I guess it was unavoidable – Card. Cupich, Francis sent them a letter. HERE There is a piece … Read More
It think it may be up to us – up to you and me. The US Bishops begin their annual November meeting today in Baltimore. There will be protesters around the meeting, as there should be. Some, seemingly within … Read More
An image to consider. Two rays extending from the same point get farther and father apart the longer they extend. If the one ray is the trajectory of Christ’s true Church, then the other ray, that departs from it, … Read More
At First Things more good advice has been offered to their collective Excellencies before their upcoming plenary meeting, which begins next Monday. Just the other day, another piece of advice was extended by a writer at The Catholic Thing. HERE However, … Read More
“I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the heavy miter on his head”
Even as I stared at the title of the piece I am about to recommend, this passage from Luke about millstones came to mind. I had the image of a bishop sinking head downward…. sinking… sinking… clawing at the … Read More
I was alerted to something interesting on the website of the USCCB. The bishops posted a letter signed by religious leaders of various groups. HERE My emphases. Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders December 15, 2017 … Read More
Today’s must fulfill assignment is to go to Catholic World Report and to read thoroughly Carl Olsen’s piece about lib aspirations for the USCCB election of the Pro-Life committee chair and their subsequent spittle-flecked nutty. Olsen brings in the analysis of several other … Read More
In what he surely thought was a serious analysis from High Atop The Thing, over at Fishwrap, Michael Sean Winters, the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left and one of the New catholic Red Guards, looked at the beginning of the USCCB’s … Read More
The Bolletino today shows that His Holiness had a meeting with the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia this morning. That’s interesting. Does this mean anything? It is particularly interesting in that it happened directly on the heels of … Read More
Jesuit Thomas Reese, who was sacked from his post as editor of Amerika Magazine by the directive of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has a piece today at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) in which he reprimands … Read More
From the USCCB: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop … Read More