Revolution in Iran is Easier Said Than Done

There's a persistent liberal drumbeat out there that, somehow, the current regime in Iran is about to be overthrown. Iran's current power holders are taking no chances: Police chief Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam made a harsh threat to protesters to stay off the streets. "In dealing with previous protests, police showed leniency. But given that …

Jesus Christ is Enthroned as King. In Lithuania.

Communism teaches hard lessons: Jesus Christ is "king" of a municipality in Lithuania. The aldermen of a small city in Lithuania, a country with strong Catholic majorities, have "enthroned Jesus Christ as King" to their community, hoping to boost the morale of the population in this time of economic crisis. "Enthrone Jesus Christ as King …

Merry Christmas: When the Scripture Readings Don’t Quite Cut It

With this, I wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas. Beyond that, anyone whose is or was in a liturgical church knows that part of the liturgy is to read appropriate scriptures (like this one for this time of year.)  The idea is that the scriptures be really appropriate.  However, when the liturgy …

The Discipline and Reform of the Church

Fr. Greg's response to my diatribes has been there for a while, but with current exigencies here and some technical issues to resolve re this blog (when you're self-hosted, you have to deal with these things) has delayed a response. Some of the items he brings up--especially concerning the authority and nature of the church--we've …

The Sexual Abuse Chickens Come Home to Roost: Bishop Moriarty Resigns

Ireland's long running sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church reaches a turning point: Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Dr Jim Moriarty has offered his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI. The announcement was made in the last few minutes following a meeting between the Bishop and Diocesan priests and staff in Portarlington, Co Laois. Bishop Moriarty …

Obama’s Health Care Plan Undercuts Civil Marriage

Or so Mike McManus thinks: While abortion and public plan aspects of health reform have been debated, a far more vexing issue for defenders of the traditional family should be the very substantial marriage penalties buried in the 2,457 page bill moving through Congress. Indeed, the low and middle income subsidies in the "health insurance …

The Canon of the Mass: Canon “C”

The form and structure of liturgies is something that churches which employ these in worship either take for granted or argue over intensely. But very few people understand how a) these came into being or b) how they should be revised or replaced in times of liturgical change. What kind of theology is embodied in …

The Canon of the Mass: Canon “B”

The form and structure of liturgies is something that churches which employ these in worship either take for granted or argue over intensely. But very few people understand how a) these came into being or b) how they should be revised or replaced in times of liturgical change. What kind of theology is embodied in …

Calling the Police on Santa Claus

Only in the UK... The children detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre are lost somewhere in the UK's asylum system.  There more about this strange business here. "Santa Claus" is in reality the Rev. Canon James Rosenthal, a world class authority on the original "St. Nick," St. Nicholas of Myra.  I love the …

Using Jesus, Joseph and Mary to Encourage Census Participation

This is another one of those "I thought I had seen everything" kind of moments: In an effort to encourage participation in the Census, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials is distributing this poster (mostly in Spanish) to churches nationwide: Rev. Miguel Rivera, who heads the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, …

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