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Every Friday during the year, the Church prays Psalm 51, The Miserere, at Lauds. It is a prayer by King David to God for mercy, cleansing, and pardon, and reminds us that our inmost being must be renewed, and that we must put on the new man (Ephesians 4:23-24). It is a necessary prayer, because […]

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In Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, St. Pope John Paul II’s 1994 Apostolic Letter on reserving priestly ordination to men alone, the Holy Father wrote: Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the […]

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Amidst the confusion of today’s Catholic Church, there are voices that speak out clearly and distinctly. I profiled one of these voices here (where Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, penned a commentary wherein he hammered the German episcopate and Pope Francis for playing fast and loose with giving Holy Communion to Protestant spouses […]

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This post is a shout out and query to my Orthodox friends here – I think I am remembering this correctly (@skipsul, @jamesofengland, @midge, and others who I have missed). Obviously, others may opine as well – as if you need the invitation. At Catholic World Report, Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille has a post […]

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Today, the Vatican released Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world. He gives us his reasoning for writing to us in the opening two paragraphs: 1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord […]

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The title of this post comes from a quote from Cardinal Carlo Caffara, who was one of the four cardinals to sign the dubia presented to Pope Francis asking for clarification on his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The quote is the subtitle to a conference that was held in Rome today, entitled Catholic Church, […]

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A Good Day

 

Our pastor, Fr. John-Mary S.W. Bowlin, KCHS, held the annual Lenten retreat for the men of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church Saturday. He invited his brother priest and friend, Fr. Joshua Neu, vocations and RCIA director of the Diocese of Tyler, TX to give the retreat and celebrate mass.

The day started with mass. Celebrated ad orientem. That made the day for me. Lex orandi, lex credendi. The law of prayer is the law of belief — or, the way we pray and celebrate the sacraments reinforces what we believe. There were only six of us and two priests but we were all turned toward the Lord, offering praise, blessing, adoration, thanks, and sacrifice to God.

Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

This is a project our company has been working on for the last couple years in Knoxville, TN. It is the new seat of the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, which serves all of eastern Tennessee, and was dedicated this weekend. Here is a recording of the Mass and Rite of Dedication for those that would like to breeze through all four hours and 44 minutes of it. More than 100 priests, 21 bishops and archbishops, and five cardinals participated in the dedication ceremony.

The new cathedral increases the seating capacity of the old facility from 580 to 1,358 worshipers and square footage from a previous 7,500 to 28,000. The total project cost was $30.8 million, has 100 pews, and 100 seats in the choir loft. Ceiling height in the nave is 50 feet with the dome soaring 144 feet above the floor at the peak. There were 111 concrete piers drilled into bedrock. Construction took over 400 tons of steel and over 5,000 cubic yards of concrete. There are estimated to be 41 miles of wood blocking and trim, 20,000 pieces of Indiana limestone, 300,000 Roman style bricks, and 50,000 concrete blocks.

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The splendor of truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and, in a special way, in man, created in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26). Truth enlightens man’s intelligence and shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord. Hence the Psalmist prays: “Let the light of […]

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Those words were spoken 5 years ago today, 11 February 2013, by Pope Benedict XVI. I was stunned, crushed. For though I came into full communion with the Church in October 2014 during the pontificate of John Paul II, I grew to really love the Church under Pope Benedict XVI. He was not only my […]

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Blase Cupich, cardinal archbishop of Chicago, gave an address yesterday wherein he tried to explain the “revolution of mercy” of Pope Francis in light of Amoris Laetitia. One might think a cardinal of the Church, when addressing such a subject, would speak on the immutable truths of marriage or speak on the yearning for truth […]

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So this happened in my town, at a different parish: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/crime/article198567664.html Is there something with the generation of priests who entered the seminary before the sexual revolution and came out afterwards? More than is usual in the human condition, do they they justify bad sexual behavior by thinking the world owes them something for having […]

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The sexual abuse of minors by priests is the greatest scandal in the Church since the Protestant Revolution. Thanks be to God the Church at least had the sense to investigate itself in order to define and quantify the scandal and set measures in place to combat this satanic scourge. It is clear that the […]

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In a recent interview with Vatican Radio, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Cardinal Parolin said Amoris Laetitia represents a “new paradigm” that calls us to a “new spirit, a new approach” to help “incarnate the Gospel in the family.” (Amoris Laetitia is the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope Francis that has caused great confusion in […]

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“Wherever St. Paul Went, There Was a Riot. Wherever I Go, They Serve Tea.”

 

The title of this post comes from an article written by Fr. George Rutler (whom @peterrobinson has called Ricochet’s pastor) in Crisis Magazine: Where Are the Churchmen With Chests?

I went back to that article this morning after reading another “strongly worded statement” from a US bishop, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities on the abomination that was the failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would have made it illegal to kill a baby in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Vatican Honors Pro-Abortion Activist?

 

Did the pope honor a vehemently pro-abortion activist, Netherlands minister Lilianne Ploumen, with the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great? Reports on various blogs, including a short video clip, flabbergastingly suggest just that. If any Ricochetti speak Dutch, can you verify whether these blogs’ translations of this video are accurate? The medal itself looks strikingly similar to the genuine article if it is not real.

In this era of legitimately fraudulent “news” (as distinguished from frequent media misrepresentations, a la President Trump’s “fake news”), it is hard to immediately believe this report. Then again, Francis’s pontificate has been anything but believable.

The Order of St. Gregory is not reserved for saints or even Catholics (Roy Disney received it, as did Jimmy Savile, though before news broke of his horrible crimes), but it is nominally given to those who are “deemed worthy to be honored by a public expression of esteem on the part of a Holy See.” G.K. Chesterton and Alice von Hildebrand are members of this Order.