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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take on three heavy topics, starting with Colorado baker Jack Phillips now having a powerful case of discrimination against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the commission ruled Phillips had violated the rights of a transgender lawyer for not customizing a cake for their […]

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Another round of reports on Catholic priests abusing children has come up. As a Reformed Calvinist in good standing I’m somewhat detached from this, but I still find the whole mess despicable. This post is not about that, really, though it’s related. What I’d like to know from the Catholics on our site is a […]

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In a post a few days ago I referenced some questions that I thought needed to be answered by the Catholic clergy. These are those questions. This is a draft of a letter I plan to send to my bishops. This has been hard for me to write and I have struggled with tone and […]

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The Dumpster Fire in the Church Today: Time to Let Go of Vatican II

 

For the past month, the laity in the Church have vented their anger over the explosion of sexual abuse allegations that surround former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the accompanying failure of his brother bishops to stop his abuse or curtail his rise to power and prominence in the Church. The statements that have come out from the bishops that surround this crisis, are to me weak, pathetic, and devoid of any sense of responsibility. And they continue to be devoid of any self-awareness, accountability, or responsibility (just listen to Cardinal Wuerl, McCarrick’s successor in DC, say that he doesn’t think it is a massive crisis and calls it a “terrible disappointment” — good grief man, are you kidding me?)

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I Will Not

 

By now there has been enough wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Catholics here that everyone on Ricochet should be aware of the McCarrick scandal.

I am still working out what I will do. With your sufferance I plan to work that out here, in the pages of Ricochet, by working through my thoughts and ideas in a series of posts. I am hoping to get feedback from all of you. I am counting on my fellow Ricochet Catholics to keep me squared up with Church teaching. I am hoping non-Catholic Ricochetti will engage as well, offering their advice and counsel. And criticism, hopefully constructive.

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The title to this post are the words of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer 23), which were proclaimed at mass this past weekend. And they certainly apply to the worst kept secret in the Catholic Church today – predatory homosexuals in the hierarchy and priesthood, headlined by the multiple reports (NYTimes1, NYTimes2, WaPo1, WaPo2) on the […]

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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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From LifeSiteNews: VATICAN CITY, Italy, May 18, 2018 – Chile’s Catholic bishops have handed in their resignations to the Pope en masse over the Church’s sex abuse scandal there. More

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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.

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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.

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Do you remember Fr. Weinandy? He is at it again and I’m happy to see him call on the faithful to mount a response. Edward Pentin writes: More

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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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