Day: January 4, 2019


Why the Soviet Union failed to eradicate religion

Communist atheism failed to address the search for personal meaning in life ☩ Francis Phillips of Catholic Herald

Churches, Piazzas, & European Spaces

When you go to a great European city, you find beautiful spacious piazze, outdoor cafes, charming shops, fountains to sit near, and people to watch. For many today, that symbolizes the good city. ☩ Duncan Stroik at The Institute for Sacred Architecture

Special Chants for Epiphany 2019

As they do every year, our friends of the Schola Sainte Cécile have posted on their website the current year’s Proclamation of the Movable Feasts, which is traditionally sung after the Gospel on the feast of the Epiphany. Also known from its first word as the Noveritis, its tone is basically the same as that of the Exsultet. Here it is in a jpg, which you can click to enlarge; click here to see a pdf version with some nice decorations. ☩ Gregory DiPippo of New Liturgical Movement

Christianity’s Neglected Cultural Weapons - Signs & Symbols

recently interviewed the accomplished artist and teacher of icon carving, Jonathan Pageau. Some will be aware that he has been gaining an increasingly high profile in social media. . . ☩ David Clayton of New Liturgical Movement

Greatly Troubled but Walking Towards an Epiphany

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word ‘troubled’ as concerned or worried feelings about a decision. ☩ Betty Parquette of Catholic Stand

Uncanny Bible Coincidences

☩ Karlo Broussard of Catholic Answers Magazine

Finnish bishop remains hospitalized with a serious head injury after fall

☩ Zita Ballinger Fletcher of Catholic News Service via Crux

With Thanks to Sister Wendy Beckett

☩ David Torkington of Catholic Stand

Your 2019 Fashion Roadmap

☩ Meghan Ashley Styling (Catholic)

Five Resolutions for the New Year from Cardinal Sarah

To help give us some suggestions for improving our spiritual lives this year, we look to Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Liturgy. ☩ Laura Ricketts of epicPew

Sex Scandal & Cover-Up

Argentine bishop at Holy See financial office investigated for sex abuse

Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta, an Argentine native appointed to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See in 2017, was accused last autumn of sexual abuse, the Holy See announced Friday. . . ☩ CNA/EWTN News via The Catholic World Report

Conversion or reform: What will the bishops choose in 2019?

This week the U.S. bishops gathered at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago for a weeklong retreat, held at the urging of Pope Francis. ☩ CNA via The Catholic World Report

Spinoza, secularism, & the challenge of evangelization

In The Dream of Enlightenment, Anthony Gottlieb avers that what he calls “the religion of Spinozism” is more or less identical to the secularist worldview espoused by so many in the West today, including himself. ☩ Bishop Robert R. Barron, S.T.D., of The Catholic World Report

God & Caesar

Democrats Crusade Against Knights Of Columbus For ‘Extreme’ Works Of Christian Charity

I was concerned that such an extremist organization could exist right under my nose. I decided to do an investigation into this mysterious, problematic group. ☩ Helen Raleigh of the Federalist

Nancy Pelosi Prays “Lord Make Me a Channel for Thy Peace,” Then Votes to Fund Abortions

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Democrats late Thursday evening for including provisions to expand taxpayer-funded abortion. . . ☩ Lauretta Brown of Life News

Irish Pro-Lifers Protest at Abortion Clinics as First Babies Die in Abortions

Irish abortion activists are demanding that the government censor pro-life speech after pro-life protesters peacefully stood outside one of the country’s new abortion facilities Thursday. ☩ Micaiah Bilger of Life News

Recently Retired QB Assesses NFL Playoffs & His Own Future

☩ Trent Beattie of National Catholic Register

Communications Centralization & Leaks at the Vatican

☩ Fr. Raymond J. de Souza of National Catholic Register

Pope’s message to U.S. bishops: what Not to do

☩ Philip Lawler of Catholic Culture


Salvation for Non-Catholics & the Need for Evangelization

When getting into conversations about salvation, especially with non-Christians, it’s typically difficult to navigate all the nuances that come with such a weighty subject. ☩ Nicholas LaBanca of Catholic Stand

30 Transgender Regretters Come Out Of The Closet

Trans Life Survivors’ is a godsend for people struggling with trans regret, no matter what stage of transition or de-transition they are in. ☩ Stella Morabito of the Federalist

How To Bless Your Home For The Feast Of The Epiphany

Traditionally, Catholics bless their home and those who live in their household on the Feast of the Epiphany each year. It’s not difficult to do and we highly recommend you give it a try! Here’s how. . . ☩ Becky Roach of Catholic Link

The Real Lesson of the Dust Bowl: Communities as Bulwarks Against Atomism & Statism

The alternative to the ideology of radical self-sufficiency is not reliance on the state, but the kind of community-based brotherly love and mutual aid that could be found even during midwestern American farmers’ darkest days. ☩ Jason Morgan, Ph.D., of Public Discourse

Two losses drain just a bit of color from the Vatican scene

Although the Vatican may be a major global institution, the lived experience is everyone involved in the day-to-day life of the place pretty much knows everybody else, so that the absence of one or two of those personalities is always keenly felt. ☩ John L. Allen, Jr., of Crux

The Readings for Epiphany Explained

☩ John Bergsma, Ph.D., of The Sacred Page

Fr. Carlos Martins Could Not Have Said It Better

☩ Fr. Richard Heilman of Roman Catholic Man

Vatican’s doctrine Czar Approves Hysterectomies in ‘Extreme Cases’

The Vatican updated a ruling on the morality of hysterectomies today. ☩ Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, L.C., of Through Catholic Lenses

Earthquake in the Vatican Media. The Winter Campaign of Pope Francis’ Stalwarts

What never went right in three years for the flighty monsignor Dario Viganò, head of the Vatican dicastery for communication from 2015 to 2018, has come off in a few days, around Christmas, for his methodical successor, Paolo Ruffini. ☩ Sandro Magister, Settimo Cielo via L'Espresso

Sex Scandal & Cover-Up

Giving Due Process Its Due

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is looking into developing national guidelines for releasing names of clerics facing “substantiated claims of abuse.” ☩ Stephen P. White of The Catholic Thing

In Letter to US Bishops, Pope Calls for ‘Change of Mindset’

Unity and conversion are required to restore credibility and trust in the context of the sexual abuse, the Holy Father told the bishops. ☩ Catholic News Agency via NC Register

Religion, Violence, & ‘Apocalpyto’

Mexican archaeologists have discovered what they say is the first temple of a pre-Hispanic fertility god known as the Flayed Lord who is depicted as a skinned human corpse. . .Priests worshipped Xipe Totec by skinning human victims and then donning their skins. ☩ Rod Dreher of The American Conservative

The problem with Pope Francis’ letter to the U.S. bishops

The framework and assumption that what’s most at stake here is institutional credibility is exactly what led to cover-ups and protection of clerical perpetrators. . . Exactly. ☩ Amy Welborn of The Catholic World Report

Anglican Ordinariate & Related News

Why Send St. Thomas Becket's Bloodstained Tunic to Canterbury?

To mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket, the Vatican will be sending back the martyred saint’s bloodstained tunic to Canterbury Cathedral. ☩ Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic