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June 18, 2013

The Catholic interwebs are abuzz with the news that there is a change being made to the Eucharistic prayers we hear at Mass.

It’s a small but significant change: A specific mention of St. Joseph is being inserted into Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV.

(Thanks to Fr. Z for pointing this out and making...

June 11, 2013

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains holy days of obligation this way:

On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord's Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.

Family needs or important...

May 14, 2013

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently commented on the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in a way that may shed light on how she—and the Court—will rule in the cases involving homosexual "marriage" that are currently before the Court.

According to the Associated Press:

One of the most liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader...

May 7, 2013

In the Divine Comedy, Dante is guided through the heavens by his courtly love, Beatrice.

These heavens are based on the astronomical ideas of the day, and she takes him through nine of them before they arrive at the ultimate dwelling place of God.

The idea that there are multiple heavens is not a concept that originated with Dante. Various ancient sources, including passages in the Bible...

April 30, 2013

Pope Francis has received an enormous amount of good will in his early days as pontiff.

Some of that is natural. There is normally a honeymoon period fpr a new pope.

Some of it is also due to his personal style. He comes off to many as simple, humble, energetic, and engaged with his flock.

Because of his personal...