Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Why “Roman” Catholic?

Some Catholics bridle at the modifier “Roman,” noting that it has derogatory origins, but I think that there’s much to be said for what then-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger had to say about the label fifty years ago: In that it says “Catholic” it is distinguished from a Christianity based on scripture alone, instead acknowledging faith in […]

Four aspects of Confirmation

Fr. John asked me to say what confirmation meant to me—how, that is, I would explain it to a person who happened to ask why I would do such a thing—and I thought that it was worth sharing my reply. I saw three aspects to it, and I will add a fourth that has subsequently occurred. The first, […]

Straight talk on altar girls

America magazine has a singular talent for maximizing the irritation that one might pack into a single column, and this one is no exception. The immediate focus of the editors’ ire is Father John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral, who has decided to use only males as altar servers. His statement is here, […]

Chaput confirmed for Philly

Rumor confirmed: Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput will succeed Justin Card. Rigali at the helm of the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A boon all around, I think: the archdiocese gets a chance to draw a line under its difficulties, and an articulate voice for orthodoxy gains a more prominent platform.

Episcopal throughput

Fr. Z has a reader’s letter relating a priest’s experience of making changes in his parish. The priest, new to the parish, “wanted to make some changes that would put us more in line with the new liturgical movement,” including “offering all Masses ad orientem … and changing our Mass schedule and format to include one […]

Who was the first bishop of the Moon?

Father Z has a post noting that Archbp. William Borders had once staked his claim to have been the first bishop of the moon. The theory works like this: In 1969, Borders was the Bishop of Orlando, and because Apollo 11 had departed from Cape Kennedy, which lay within the Diocese of Orlando, Borders acquired jurisdiction […]

Two quick links

An interesting perspective on Universae Ecclesiae in this interview. And in this, William Oddie praises the Bishops of England and Wales, in general for improvements since the Holy Father’s visit to Albion last fall, and in particular for a pastoral letter they have sent on the new translation (read the letter here). From the former: […]

On choosing gods and churches

At Wednesday’s general audience, the Holy Father recalled the time when God called Moses to Mount Sinai to deliver the ten commandments: While the Lord is giving the Law to Moses on the mountain, at the foot of the mountain the people sin. Unable to endure the wait and the absence of the mediator [i.e. Moses], […]