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Chuck Norris (Fr. George Rutler) on Communion in the Hand

If you’ve ever been a fan of kung fu movies or action films, you can always tell who the prize fighters are. Maybe Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris. But then they reveal the bad guy. The best of these films always have you wondering how the good guy is going to win. You know he’s going to. You can’t wait…

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Pope Francis Endorses Felt Banners, Guitars, Carol King “Hymns”, Church in the Round

If you read the headlines today, it sounds like Pope Francis made an infallible pronouncement! (whoa, step back!). America Magazine proclaimed:  Pope Francis says with magisterial authority: the Vatican II liturgical reform is ‘irreversible’  CRUX rallied with a howling:  Pope Francis says with magisterial authority: the Vatican II liturgical reform is ‘irreversible’ and both seemed to…

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We’ve Been Saying This for Years! WSJ on Ugly Churches

Déjà vu. The February 24, 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal ran the story, “Free Our Churches From the Ugly and Stupid” by Professor Anthony Esolen of Providence College. In this wonderful piece, Esolen laments “Stations of the Cross that can hardly be recognized as depictions of the Passion” and “crosses that look as…

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Father Hardon: Stop Communion in the Hand Now!

  I often forget that the things that were common knowledge in the 90s are forgotten or ignored today. It becomes apparent when discussing communion in the hand, as I did the other day in the neopaganism article, or as I have in other contexts over the past few years, that people generally believe now that…

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The Four Armed, Three Eyed Monster of the Year of Mercy Logo isn’t Catholic

Even children cannot recognize Jesus in the jubilee Year of Mercy logo… it’s like a graphic “speaking in tongues” that utters a bunch of gibberish. But what does the logo really show?

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Suffering the Ignorant Orthopraxis of Our Day

One of the things I really like about how God ordered this world is precisely how unassuming some of the greatest things He has worked really are to the passer by. If you didn’t look, you wouldn’t notice. It’s so easy to take them for granted until you look with the eyes of faith that can see…

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What Really Killed the Catholic Church in America

Appearing on a heavily trafficked blog today is an article by Fr. Dwight Longenecker titled What’s Killing American Catholicism. In it, Father Longenecker says two things worthy of note: Ethnic Parishes destroyed America (!). Literally, he says “The first problem is cultural Catholicism”. I am flabbergasted and nearly speechless at the ignorance of this statement. His conclusions thereto are…

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