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Getting oriented in worship: ‘Ad orientum’ or ‘Ad Dominum’

Source: Spero News

Getting oriented in worship: ‘Ad orientum’ or ‘Ad Dominum’


Since the close of the Second Vatican Council, one of the most noted changes in many Catholic churches has been the removal of the tabernacle from the main altar of the church into a separate chapel or on to a side altar. Although those who question the propriety of such a change are often considered to be out of  touch with contemporary theology, I strongly feel that, in many cases, their concern is quite valid, if not prophetic.

To be more specific, in many churches today, Mass is celebrated in the same room as the tabernacle, yet with little or no attention or reverence given to Our Lord as the Blessed Sacrament. (As an aside, note that Christ is present as the Blessed Sacrament, asd not, as Luther contended, merely in the Blessed Sacrament). read more

Media Reporting on Pope Francis Is Ideological


Media Reporting on Pope Francis Is Ideological

By Bill Donohue | May 29, 2018 | 12:26 PM EDT

Bias can be detected by what the media report and choose not to report. When it comes to Pope Francis, bias by omission is the most common ideological practice.

Earlier this month, the pope met with an alleged Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz; he is a homosexual. According to Cruz, the pope said to him, “It doesn’t matter [whether you are a homosexual]. God made you like this. God loves you like this.” The Vatican refuses to comment on whether this is an accurate account. read more

Priest collapses while celebrating Mass, not expected to survive

Source: The Olympian

Priest collapses while celebrating Mass, not expected to survive

April 11, 2018 07:19 PM

The Rev. Michael Wagner

The Rev. Michael Wagner Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church Courtesy

The priest at two Tacoma Catholic churches collapsed while celebrating Mass on Tuesday morning from a brain bleed and is not expected to survive.

The Rev. Michael Wagner, 48, was celebrating the morning Mass at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary when he fell to the ground with a ruptured cerebral aneurysm and he was taken to a Tacoma hospital, where he remains Wednesday night. Wagner has served as the priest administrator at Visitation Church and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church since last June, said Thom Ryng, the liturgy director at Holy Rosary. read more

Vatican Radio has died and they don’t know what to do with the body

Source: Joan’s Rome


Today was a bittersweet day for me because I taped my final “Joan Knows” program at Vatican Radio after 20 years at the radio with this show and, in earlier years, especially when I worked at the Vatican Information Service, by participating in some form in an English language news program once a week.

The sweet part embraced those 20 years of covering both amazing news stories and everyday events in the life of the Pope and the Universal Church, of covering three pontificates, of making lifelong friends with my terrifically talented colleagues at Vatican Radio – colleagues of different languages and backgrounds but we were bound together by our vocation (almost a ministry), our friendship and our love of the Church and papacy. read more

No manipulation of Benedict letter

No manipulation of Benedict letter (3)

‘Photo is artistic, Msgr Viganò read blurred part’

(ANSA) – Vatican City, March 15 – There has been no manipulation of a letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lauding his successor Pope Francis, authoritative Vatican sources told ANSA Thursday. “No one hid or manipulated anything,” they said, stressing that “a photo some media outlets are talking about is a clearly artistic photo: in fact a part of the letter was fuzzy and also presented the collection of books published by (Vatican publisher) LEV”.

The sources said that “the blurred part was read by Msgr Viganò publicly, on the occasion of the press conference in front of participants and journalists”. read more


Source: Associated Press

Mar 14, 12:39 PM EDT


In this photo of a letter released by Vatican Media, retired Pope Benedict XVI praises a volume of books about the theological training of Pope Francis.Vatican Media photo / via AP

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican admitted Thursday that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis. The manipulation changed the meaning of the image in a way that violated photojournalist industry standards.

The Vatican’s communications office released the photo of the letter on Monday on the eve of Francis’ five-year anniversary. The letter was cited by Monsignor Dario Vigano, chief of communications, to rebut critics of Francis who question his theological and philosophical heft and say he represents a rupture from Benedict’s doctrine-minded papacy. read more

Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

By Rowena Orejana – January 18, 2018

The inclusion of the Argentinian bishops’ guidelines on Communion for civilly remarried Catholic divorcees in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”, the official record of Vatican documents and acts may clarify chapter 8 of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia but it will not end the controversy surrounding it.

Peruvian theologian Dr Rocio Figueroa, systematic theology lecturer at Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby, said while this might shed light on some issues raised against the exhortation, she does not think it will not silence the critics. read more

Vandals Damage, Set Fire to West Pasadena’s Historic Church of the Angels

Vandals Damage, Set Fire to West Pasadena’s Historic Church of the Angels

Published : Saturday, January 13, 2018 | 6:54 AM

[Updated]  A 129-year-old, strikingly beautiful West Pasadena church suffered major damage and the loss of at least one significant historical statue after a vandal or vandals broke in early Saturday morning, spray painted graffiti, destroyed property and set fire to the structure.

Although the fire was quickly extinguished by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Church of the Angels, at 1100 Avenue 64, suffered major damage from the assault, Pasadena Fire Dept. spokesperson Lisa Derderian said. read more

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Father Teresito ‘Chito’ Soganub asked for a Bible and a rosary, among his first requests, according to the military that is still keeping custody of the priest

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The military said former Maute hostage Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub is already planning to hold mass.

Nagbabalak po siyang mag-misa. Gusto niyang mag-misa (He’s planning to hold mass. He wants to hold mass),” said Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Group Ranao in Marawi. read more

From NASA to nunhood: P.E.I. engineer explores faith as scientist and sister

From NASA to nunhood: P.E.I. engineer explores faith as scientist and sister

AUGUST 27, 2017 11:02 AM

CHARLOTTETOWN — When Libby Osgood looks into the night sky above Charlottetown, she said she sees it through the lens of God’s creation and her own contribution to the engineering of NASA’s satellites.

Osgood, an aerospace engineer who has worked for NASA, is taking a sabbatical from her job as a professor at the University of Prince Edward Island to pursue a new vocation —becoming a nun.

“I feel so whole. It feels like there was all these different puzzle pieces before and they just all fit now together,” she said. “With the science and religion perspective … I’m already getting to learn more about my two passions, and seeing how other people have put them together.” read more

The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia

Source: Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia

AUGUST 18, 2017 BY 

Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio, Pope Francis and his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and Cardinal Gerhard Muller

Catholics continue to be confounded by the mixed signals sent by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Given the high-ranking Church officials who have weighed in (but on opposite sides), and some who have been apparently released by the Holy Father due to their disagreement, it’s clear that a profound and troubling division exists at the highest levels of the Church about this document, and what it appears to be saying about Catholic teaching and the pastoral practice on marriage. Let us try to understand, yet again, what this document is trying to do, and the turmoil surrounding it. read more

Have you heard this one? “7 seminarians walk into a bar ….”

Source:  Archdiocese of Cardiff

Have you heard this one? 7 seminarians walk into a bar ….

There are a number of long standing jokes that we tell when we are with friends or family most of which start “An ‘x’, a ‘y’ and a ‘z’ walk into a bar ….”, well ….

*clears throat*

7 seminarians walk into a bar to celebrate after an ordination.  Naturally they are dressed in their clerical shirts etc.  The bartender says “Sorry gents, we don’t do fancy dress or stag dos”.  Aghast, the seminarians thought this must surely be a joke, but in fact he was serious.  “But we are real” they say, to no avail, they turn and leave.  Denied of their pint of Brains, they leave all sullen wondering where to go next.   Suddenly a man presumed to be the bar manager approaches them at the door and reassures them that he believes that they are real and invites them back in.  As a goodwill gesture he provides the men with a round of drinks and an outburst of applause fills the bar. read more


Source: The Coeur d’Alene Press


Art or blasphemy?
Some members of the Catholic community have asked Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene to remove “Our Lady of G and Me,” from display at the gallery. They said it is offensive and it is blasphemy. LOREN BENOIT/Press


Staff Writer

COEUR d’ALENE — A piece of artwork being exhibited in the window of a Coeur d’Alene art gallery has rankled some members of the local Catholic community who say it is offensive to their faith.

Bob Runkle, who attends St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Coeur d’Alene, said a network of parishioners from at least two local Catholic parishes have appealed to Art Spirit Gallery on Sherman Avenue to remove the piece — a sculpted depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe — from display. read more