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The Drills Of A Militant Church
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:09:14 +0000
By FR. JOHN ZUHLSDORF (Editor’s Note: This essay by Fr. Zuhlsdorf first appeared at on November 26, 2021.) + + The essence of a cliché is that it is unoriginal and often repeated. However, as the old Latin phrase goes, repetita iuvant…repeated things help. Allow me to get an initial cliché out of the way: With the First Sunday of Advent we begin a new liturgical year. There.But wait. Perhaps it isn’t cliché to begin in this way. The fact is that, year in and out, century in and out, millennia in and out, Holy Mother Church unfolds again and again the whole of salvation history and the mysteries of the life of our Savior through lovingly polished cycles...Continue Reading
Catholic Heroes . . . St. Pantaleon
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:06:20 +0000
By DEB PIROCH I didn’t discover St. Pantaleon until I was in my late twenties. St. Pantaleon’s Romanesque church was situated about a 10-minute walk along quiet, cobblestoned streets not far from my little apartment in Cologne. My first full-time broadcasting position was in Germany and somehow, when it was time to find a church for Mass, I looked at a map and sought this one out. And returned there, again and again. The priest was good and orthodox, which already then was not that common, and by simple repetition I learned the German responses to the Mass.Today I know that this is one of Cologne’s oldest churches in the entire city. Built on the remains of a Roman villa,...Continue Reading
A Beacon Of Light . . . The Church And The Liturgy Are Universal
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:04:09 +0000
By FR. RICHARD D. BRETON JR. (Editor’s Note: Fr. Richard D. Breton Jr. is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn. He received his BA in religious studies and his MA in dogmatic theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn.) + + Over the last few weeks, we have explored the importance of the Church’s liturgy. In doing so, we explored by whom, how, and when the liturgy is celebrated. Today we will examine where the liturgy is celebrated.The celebration of the liturgy is not necessarily confined to a particular place. The Church is universal, and so, this universality reaches to the ends of the Earth. As Catholic Christians, we are called to worship, “in Spirit...Continue Reading
Supreme Court Hears Arguments… The Most Important Abortion Case In 30 Years
Mon, 06 Dec 2021 12:31:38 +0000
By CHRISTOPHER MANION On Wednesday, December 1, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most important abortion case to come before the Court since it heard Planned Parenthood v. Casey 30 years ago. The mood on December 1 was light-years away from that during the Court’s discussion of Casey. There was tension in the air, as the Court’s once-confident pro-abortion majority realized that for the first time, they might be outnumbered.Those stalwarts delivered valiant defenses of “stare decisis,” the principle that the Court should rely on precedent — in this case, Roe v. Wade and Casey (making abortion a “super-precedent,” in Justice Breyer’s words).Yes, it’s sort of ironic that the Left should so warmly...Continue Reading
Disserving San Francisco
Mon, 06 Dec 2021 12:30:13 +0000
By TERENCE P. JEFFREY When I was a boy growing up in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, my mom enforced an unwavering wardrobe rule on my brothers and me: When we went downtown in the city, we had to wear a suit and tie.We did not have to dress that way in the suburbs or in the peripheral residential neighborhoods of the city. Nor did this dress code apply when we went to sporting events such as a 49ers or a Giants game, or to a high school football or basketball game.And, of course, it did not apply when we took walks along Ocean Beach or had picnics in Golden Gate Park.But it did apply when we ventured...Continue Reading
Joy In The Presence Of The Lord
Mon, 06 Dec 2021 12:24:01 +0000
By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Zeph. 3:14-18aPhil. 4:4-7Luke 3:10-18 In the Gospel reading today we are told by St. Luke that the people were filled with expectation. Some of the people wondered if St. John the Baptist might be the Messiah. Not only did the Baptist crush that idea immediately, but he provided the people with hope. If there was hope and excitement for what they saw and heard from John the Baptist, the joy they would know when the Messiah came would be substantially greater than what they know in the presence of the Forerunner.It is precisely this joy in the presence of the Lord that the Church focuses us on today. When...Continue Reading
As December Begins . . . High Court Ponders If Long Abortion Journey Too Burdensome
Sun, 05 Dec 2021 12:27:26 +0000
By DEXTER DUGGAN On the first day of December 2021, the month that commemorates the birth of a Christmas Child, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about results of the permissive abortion that it suddenly thrust on the nation nearly 49 full years ago, shortly after Christmas, in the new year of January 1973.Enough years to amount to a lifetime for some. Or the ending of tens of millions of preborn babies’ lifetimes. None of the justices in 1973, middle-aged or elderly, is still alive.Had carrying the burden of pro-abortion extremism for nearly a full half-century begun to exhaust the Court so much that it would no longer consent to responsibility for such a load?Chief Justice John Roberts questioned U.S....Continue Reading
Why Do We Wrap Christmas Presents?
Sun, 05 Dec 2021 12:26:11 +0000
By DONALD DeMARCO There are many reasons for wrapping Christmas presents. The obvious one is to make the packaged gift look attractive, decorated with colorful bows and wrapping paper that displays cheerful seasonal images.Another is to hide the present from view. A present should not reveal itself until the proper time.A third reason is to put the recipient in a state of wonder, which can also be a state of nervous anticipation.My favorite reason, and I dare to think the most important one, is so that the beneficiary can say “thank you” twice.The first thanks is for the gift, though yet unopened, and is an expression of confidence for the giver’s assumed generosity and thoughtfulness. The first thank you disposes...Continue Reading
But Why Do Bishops Join In?. . . Media Struts Its Amnesia On Waukesha
Sat, 04 Dec 2021 12:22:03 +0000
By CHRISTOPHER MANION Last week, in one of the easiest predictions ever, we wrote that members of the entire corporate and elite universe of official opinion would send the terrorist attacks in Waukesha on November 21 down the Memory Hole.They did.Not one outlet addressed the massacre’s racist dimension — it was perpetrated by a black career criminal who hated whites — and none dared call it terrorism the way CNN, MSNBC, and every other outlet did regarding the events on January 6, when the only fatality occurred when a Capitol policemen shot an unarmed trespasser.Remember? “The events on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will be remembered as an act of domestic terrorism against the United States; as a...Continue Reading
Return Of The “Law And Order” Issue
Sat, 04 Dec 2021 12:12:25 +0000
By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN According to Gallup, on the issue of crime, President Joe Biden is 18 points underwater. While 57 percent of Americans disapprove of how he is handling crime, only 39 percent approve.Biden’s dismal rating was recorded before the verdict came in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial — not guilty on all five counts — a verdict Biden declared had made him “angry.”Biden’s rating also came before career criminal Darrell Brooks, free on $1,000 bail after running over his girlfriend, drove his Ford Escape into the Waukesha Christmas parade, killing six and injuring 60.Biden’s low rating on crime came before “flash mobs” of thieves in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York looted Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom,...Continue Reading