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July 25, 2013

As a new Catholic many years ago, there were two rituals during the Mass that particularly appealed to me: holding hands during the Our Father and extending the sign of peace. Now I go out of my way to avoid the former (head bowed, hands folded) and oftentimes find myself gritting my teeth during the latter (not feeling peaceful at all, to be honest). For the purpose of this post, I'll focus on the sign of peace.

The...

May 29, 2013

As my colleague Jim Blackburn recently noted in his blog post on attending weddings, now is the time of year when wedding invitations show up in the mail. It is also about this time that we at Catholic Answers receive questions about wedding ceremonies.

Marriage is of such importance to a well-functioning civilization that societies have their own customs for weddings, customs...

February 25, 2013
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (San Diego County, CA)

On the first Sunday of Lent I attended Mass at the local Carmelite monastery rather than at my parish church, so this past Sunday was the first time I had seen my parish church transformed for Lent. As I looked about the sanctuary, I sighed.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states:

During Lent it is forbidden for the...

February 11, 2013

A colleague told me not long ago of a priest he knows who attended the installation of a new bishop in the diocese in which the priest resided. This was a diocese in which the incoming bishop might have been expected to have a difficult row to hoe in cleaning up some of the liturgical funny business his predecessor chose, for whatever reason, not to crack down on. As I understand it, the priest walked out of the bishop's installation Mass during the consecration, when the large amount of...

January 29, 2013

I've worked at Catholic Answers as a staff apologist since 2003. This will mark my tenth year in apologetics. Most questions I receive through letters, phone calls, email, and questions submitted to the Catholic Answers Forums and EWTN are interesting and challenging; I enjoy researching them and discovering the answers to share with people. But there is one category of questions I dread but feel compelled to answer as swiftly as possible: abuses of the Eucharist.

The most visible...