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September 16, 2013

One of the common complaints about the Catholic Church, which can be heard from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, is that the Church is chockablock with rules, rules, rules. To hear them tell it, a Catholic dare not let out a wayward squeak for fear of the Ruler of Doom being cracked across his knuckles by Sister Mary Ferocious of the Divine Wrath.

Actually, although it may not appear so, the Church is remarkably quiet on a great many issues that face people in daily life. The Church...

September 2, 2013

August 28, 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a civil-rights march that has become a legendary moment in the fight for civil rights in the United States. (Nota bene: Interestingly enough, marches on Washington for civil rights take place every January, and annually...

July 30, 2013

It all started with a clickbait headline in my Facebook news feed. Sandro Magister, a Vatican expert writing in Rome, declared, For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict. Magister reported, in the tabloid fashion typical of Italian journalism:

[The] Franciscans of the Immaculate are...

May 8, 2013

Perhaps you've noticed that we live in a "me first!" culture. We want what we want when we want it exactly the way we want it. The fast-food chain Burger King has trained a generation of Americans to "Have it your way!" That's all well and good when ordering a Whopper, but it is a poor attitude to have in other areas of life.

In the Church the "have it your way" attitude shows up in many areas of parish life. Here are a sampling that I've pulled from common questions we receive at...

February 26, 2013

By nature I tend to be a rather contrary person. Or, as my father sometimes put it, I tend to end up "crosswise in the door" when told that a particular direction is one in which I must go. Perhaps then it is no surprise that I kind of liked wearing a veil to Mass . . . until I was told I had to do it. Ever since then the subject makes me bristle.

The first time I wore a headcovering to Mass was soon after my conversion in 1996. A friend invited me to a diocesan-approved Tridentine...