Monthly Archive: December 2013

Christmas balls and kitsch

According to a report from Public Radio International: On Christmas Eve … Throngs of Israeli Jews clamored at the gate of the Dormition Abbey about an hour and a half early to get a good seat at Midnight Mass. Seats were snatched up …

Selective Outrage

Considerable shock is being expressed by Catholics over that demonic little wretch who disrupted Christmas Mass at the Cologne Cathedral by jumping on the altar topless. Contributing in no small measure to the disgust of believers of every stripe are the words she …

More Catholic than Christ

First Things recently ran a piece by Professor Robert George entitled, Our Big Brothers in the Faith, that although ostensibly written in response to the SSPX members who disrupted an interfaith service at the Cathedral in Buenos Aires commemorating Kristallnacht (a two day …

O’ schism, where is thy sting?

Archbishop Gerhard Muller stirred the ecclessial pot last week when he said of the Society of St. Pius X in an interview with the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera: “The canonical excommunication due to the illicit ordination was lifted from the bishops, …

Buon Natale!

The photo below shows the altar prepared for High Mass at Midnight at St. Alphonsus in Baltimore last night where I had the privilege of offering special intentions on behalf of everyone who visits this space, from the most prolific commenters to the …

There goes the neighborhood

Once upon a time, there was a neighborhood with a very large old house flanked on either side by smaller, newer dwellings. Pete, the owner of the big house, has always insisted that no one may enter without his express permission. Reasonable though …

VOCR Interview

I recently had the pleasure of joining Joe Bagnoli on VOCR to discuss the direction in which Pope Francis appears to be leading the Church based on insights derived from recent comments made by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. Share this post on:Follow us …