February 22, 2013

Around the time Pope Benedict XVI released Summorum Pontificum, which expanded the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite of the Mass, I attended a Catholic conference at the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine in Florissant, Missouri. The shrine boasted a lovely pre-Vatican II altar that inspired a...

February 22, 2013

Recently I was contacted by someone who just had a relative die.

The family will be getting together this Friday and, as most of the family is not Catholic, they do not observe abstinence from meat during Lent.

Furthermore, this person knew for a fact that a meat dish was being prepared for the family gathering.

What are this person's options?

 

Option 1: Don't eat the dish

There are several variants here:

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February 21, 2013

Unlike most converts from various strains of Protestantism, I never had much of a problem with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Perhaps it was because my Christian background was more or less nominal and lacking a good deal of Christian catechesis. In that void, in which there were no misapprehensions about Christianity to be overcome, I readily accepted the Blessed Virgin's role in the Christian life. Or perhaps it was because I had a natural attraction to the idea of saintly intercession and the...

February 21, 2013

Since the new musical film adaptation of Les Misérables hit theaters last Christmas, there has been no shortage of praise from Catholic reviewers (and some whiny criticism from the seculars) for director Tom Hooper’s decision not only to retain the religious themes baked into the libretto but to double down on them: lovingly filling frame after frame with crosses, candles, altars, vestments, chanting nuns, and every...

February 20, 2013

I admit it. I’m eBook phobic. Thin metal tablets that can hold hundreds if not thousands of books scare me. It’s not the technology that I find so scary; it's our obsession with it. For most of us, our need to carry around a small library in a container the size of a small book is not so much out of need but just because we can.

No, I’m not a Luddite; I have electronic stuff. I also recognize and...