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One Word for 2017: Think {and a link-up!}

For the past few years, I have selected a word for the new year instead of making countless resolutions that are impossible to keep. This year my word is short, sweet, and oh-so-necessary for an impulsive, extroverted sanguine like myself: 599 more words


Knights of Malta refuse to assist papal probe into ouster of top official for distributing condoms

VATICAN CITY — The Knights of Malta, the ancient Catholic lay order, is refusing to co-operate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over a condom scandal — and is warning its members to toe the line if they choose to speak with investigators. 549 more words


Don't Waste Time On Things You'll Never Be That Good At Pt. 2

Hey, you guys! Chuck here!

In my last post I discussed how we shouldn’t waste too much time on things we’ll never be that good at. 630 more words


What is Christianity? It’s all about an Epiphany

This past week, I stumbled on an interesting song by Declan McKenna, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from England, titled “Bethlehem.” A saccharine take on the birth of Christ, this was not; instead, McKenna (who, as it turns out, was born on Christmas Eve) sets his sights on believers who assure themselves of a “seat in heaven,” “follow codes and break them,” and make themselves the measure of love. 799 more words


"A child abuse scandal is coming for Pope Francis"

That is the headline from The Week story by Michael Brendan Dougherty. The gist: Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict had made the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) the agency responsible for dealing with sex abuse claims against clergy. 762 more words

Catholic Controveries

Church choirs: The good, the bad and the ugly

In Part I of our interview with Dr. Kwasniewski, we discussed the historical role of the choir in the liturgy, the origins of polyphonic music, the pro-choir teaching of the Second Vatican Council, and the commentary of John Paul II on the real meaning of active participation. 2,348 more words


The Holy Name of Jesus - God has a Face and a Name

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has taught us, in his many writings about the Holy Face, that the Hebrew term, “panim”, which means “face” means to see The Face of God, or the presence of God.  723 more words