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[5 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Shot down to the Loop on Palm Sunday for mass at St. Peter’s on Madison Street.  Green Line Special, fast and easy. I went partly for that urban anonymity celebrated 50 years ago by Harvey Cox in his Secular City.  I found the crowd lea…

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[13 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

In England and Wales (as elsewhere), Anglicans are coming to Rome: The ordinariate allows Anglicans to enter the Catholic Church while retaining “a love and gratitude for the Anglican forms of faith and worship.” The ordinariate website explains th…

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[10 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Holy tilapia! And let me put in a good word for fasting, and I don’t mean the minimal requirements of the church. For years, I did longer fasts of five to seven days and it was easier to do than imagined because a little button in my brain relate…

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[23 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Sharia law NOT, says T. More Law Center. The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) announced today that the City of Dearborn, its Mayor, John B. OReilly, its Chief of Police, Ronald Haddad, 17 City police officers, and two executives of the American Arab Chamb…

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[21 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

In Afghanistan, a convert to Christianity faces the death sentence. And, according to some Islamic scholars, homosexuality likewise is to be punished by a death sentence. This is what we are told is what the Koran requires of such "crimes."…

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[25 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Wow.  Have been noodling the way priests ad lib words of the mass, did some checking and found this: The Holy See’s 2004 disciplinary document, Redemptionis Sacramentum, states very emphatically: 59. The reprobated practice by which priests,…

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[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

This project rocks.  Show God to homeless, somehow, some way, and they change their lives.  Sounds like a war on poverty to me. Just one thing about it makes me cringe: they speak of ending homelessness, which is utopian talk.  Heaven on…

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[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

In a Dawn T. Trice story about a homeless organizer: In the summer of 1999, Richard was living in a halfway house on the West Side and considering suicide when a priest from the Ignatian Spirituality Project visited. The project is a Jesuit ministry th…

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[9 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]

Q. Are you struck with the overnight “canonization” of Elizabeth Edwards by the media?
A. I am indeed. No one takes away from her the anguish she faced with the death of her son….the emergence of breast cancer…the public infidelity of her husband and the humiliation that caused…the grave worsening of the cancer and her calm reserve as she faced death. All these things are to the good. But I am mystified by her failure to mention God in any way in her last words written …

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[4 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

Has the Scripture prescribed for reading at mass been dumbed down since Vatican 2? Here’s the gospel for today, Saturday of the First Week of Advent: Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the G…