Was John the Baptist a member of the Essenes?

The mystical sect shared similar values with the Forerunner of Jesus, but their ministries differed in many ways. ☩ Philip Kosloski of Aleteia

Eduardo Verastegui Is Building The World’s Largest Statue Of Jesus For Mexico

He is currently in the process of creating the world’s tallest statue of Jesus! Mexican architect Fernando Romero is the designer behind this incredible work of art. ☩ Becky Roach of Catholic Link

The Four Evangelist: Carving by ALBL Oberammergau

These particular sculptural reliefs were made for St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, Texas. ☩ Shawn R. Tribe of Liturgical Arts Journal

Cardinal Wuerl Knew of Archbishop McCarrick's Abuse Allegations in 2004

The Jan. 10 disclosure from the Diocese of Pittsburgh is the first confirmation by Church authorities that Cardinal Wuerl was aware of allegations against the disgraced ex-cardinal before June 2018. ☩ Ed Condon, J.C.L., & J.D. Flynn, J.C.L. of Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

Why the Pope is Wrong About Nationalism

Pope Francis gave his annual talk to the Vatican diplomatic corps this week. Once more he denounced “nationalism” and promoted multilateralism and international institutions. Like many others, the pope seems to have a fundamental misunderstanding of both nationalism and globalism. ☩ Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine

A Mystery Vestment -- And a Beautiful One

Unfortunately, one sometimes comes across things which are of great interest but for which there is little to no information provided. This chasuble is one such example. . . ☩ Shawn R. Tribe of Liturgical Arts Journal

Voyages Liturgiques: Liturgy in 15th Century Rouen

Practices & ceremonies taken from an Ordinal of the church of Rouen about 200 years old, all of which are still observed, except a few that I will make sure to point out. ☩ Aelredus Rievallensis of Canticum Salomonis

Beware the Dangers of Vigilant Sloth & Gluttony

Play is a necessary part of life — a part we forget when we substitute entertainment for leisure. ☩ Sherry Antonetti of National Catholic Register

A call for harmony — and a demand for truth

Pope Francis’ recent Christmas message, ‘Urbi et Orbi’, was a meditation on the roots of fraternity in the incarnation . . . What struck me as strange was that he failed to mention the sources of the conflicts there which I have followed so closely. . . ☩ Fr. Robert Sirico of Powerblog

Twelve Things I Like About the Traditional Latin Mass

A week ago I wrote a blog post about twelve things I like about the Novus Ordo. I thought it was a pretty harmless reflection on my life as a parish priest and my observation of what works and doesn’t work in the liturgy. . . Hooboy! ☩ Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Response to 7 Common Objections Against TLM

“12 Reasons Not to Prefer the Novus Ordo” article met with criticism of Novus Ordo devotees. ☩ Peter A. Kwasniewski, Ph.D., of New Liturgical Movement

Oxford Supports Emeritus Professor Accused of ‘Transphobia’

Oxford University is standing by emeritus law professor John Finnis after a petition calling for his removal. ☩ Catholic News Agency/EWTN News via National Catholic Register

Mazie Hirono Says Trump Nominee Not Qualified Because He’s a Pro-Life Catholic

The liberal media avoids reporting on recent accusations of anti-Catholic bigotry from prominent Democratic Senators & the pushback from a party colleague. ☩ Nicholas Fondacaro of Life News

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