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The Deaconess Drama: Waiting for the Pope

The Pope recently said he would set up a commission to do a thorough study of the ancient practice of women deacons – what it meant and, presumably, how current practice might or might not change in the light of it. … Continue reading

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Praying for the Legion of Christ’s General Chapter

It isn’t a secret I have not been overly optimistic about the success of the Legion of Christ’s ongoing General Chapter.  I want things to go well, but over the past three years time and again I have read and … Continue reading

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Vatican: The Butler Did It!

Recently, a variety of confidential Vatican documents have been leaked to the media and been used to compose books. I have only read a couple of snippets from these documents, but what is clear from the media coverage is that, … Continue reading

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Are the Jews to be evangelized? What does Ratzinger say?

I am currently reading Jesus of Nazareth, volume II, and was struck by what is said about the evangelization of the Jews. Pope Benedict XVI states fairly clearly in the first book that he is writing these books not as … Continue reading

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Yes, Mr. President, but…

Fr. Z, at his blog WDTPRS, calls his readers’ attention to a great column by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI. To summarize, the good bishop points out that Pres. Obama’s speech after the shootings in Tucson was moving, but … Continue reading

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Una respuesta al P. José Antonio Fortea Cucurull

[This post will be in Spanish because I am responding to a blog post written in that language, by the Spanish exorcist Fr. José Antonio Fortea Cucurull. I respect Fr Fortea and was very edified by an interview he gave … Continue reading

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Santo Subito!

I just read the news that the date of Pope John Paul II’s beatification has been set for May 1. Santo subito! Many people more informed than I will publish lengthly analyses of this, but I want to share a … Continue reading

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The Legion of Christ’s 70th Birthday

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Christ, the congregation which I joined in 1991 and which I am now in the process of leaving. As novices we studied the history of the congregation. We … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Archbishop Dolan…

…the new president of the USCCB!! It will be interesting to see what he does with this new authority. God bless him – he had quite enough work already!

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