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April 03, 2014
How successful is the post Vatican II liturgy?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Overall, I am happy with the renewed liturgical rites the Church has put in place since Vatican II. The new liturgical books which began to appear in the late 1960s are far from perfect, though, and will always be in need of improvement and development. The kind of ongoing reform I espouse would slowly and carefully build on the rites we have been given.

However, the success of modern liturgical reform has been evident more in print than in practice. By print I mean the texts given to...

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The movie was a terrible disappointment on so many fronts. The only good thing I can say about it is that I hope it spurs enough interest in the real biblical account that it draws people to read the Bible. The worst part of the film was the last part. It had absolutely no basis in the biblical story and undercut the moral ground of the entire account of Noah, the flood and its deeper moral and spiritual significance.

The last part of this film was so bizarre that I did not even know...

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April 02, 2014
Turning the corner
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The apostles were ready and eager to follow the Lord as companions until he began predicting the manner of his own suffering and death.  His words repelled them.  What they wanted was Mount Tabor and not the dreaded hill of Golgotha. He told them off. At the very end, only one of them stood at the Cross.

As Passiontide and Holy Week approach, the tone of the liturgy changes. The Church shifts from focusing on personal sin and asceticism to gazing on Jesus during his last days.  From here...

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April 01, 2014
Noah: A Post-Modern Midrash
By Father Robert Barron

Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic re-telling of the story of Noah has certainly stirred people up.  While quite a few reviewers, both religious and non-religious, have given the film high marks, many Christians, both Evangelical and Catholic, have registered a far less than enthusiastic reaction.  One prominent Catholic blogger and movie reviewer opined that “Noah” is “embarrassingly awful” and “the stupidest film in years.”  Most of the religious critics have complained that...

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March 28, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Cesar Chavez' and 'Noah'
By Carl Kozlowski

It’s rare that one might find migrant worker leader Cesar Chavez and Noah of the Ark fame compared to each other, but today’s the day to do it if you’re ever going to try. After all, they’re two stubborn leaders, living thousands of years apart, yet both felt they were called by God to lead the way for their people – and now have new biographical films released on the same day.

The first, “Cesar Chavez,” is a low-budget ($10 million) effort that is so earnest and...

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March 28, 2014
Heaven’s remedy for making converts
By Joe Tremblay

In 1859, just a few miles north of Green Bay, the Blessed Virgin appeared to a young woman named Adele Brice.  As if to anticipate the spiritual drought that would hit the Midwest just a hundred years later, Our Lady gave instructions to little Adele on how to turn the hearts of sinners to her Son. And although she was commended for receiving Communion earlier that morning, the heavenly visitor expected more from her. Indeed, fulfilling her religious obligation by assisting at the Mass,...

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March 27, 2014
Is the Church judge, therapist, or mother?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion


In his book titled, Images of the Church in the New Testament, the Lutheran theologian Paul Minear found that in the New Testament there are 96 images of the Church. In the area of the Christian moral life, I suggest, there are three principal images at work: the Church as judge, the Church as therapist, and the Church as mother.

The notion of the Church as judge enshrines important values. Despite the professed cultural ideal of living non-judgmentally, no individual or institution can...

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March 26, 2014
Science and the Catholic Church
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Last week, Stephen Colbert, the satirist and prominent Catholic, playfully scolded Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, director of the Hayden Planetarium and current host of the television science-documentary, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Why did Colbert chide his guest?

In part one of this documentary, the Church’s Roman Inquisition is scorned for its harsh treatment of Giordano Bruno, a sixteenth-century Dominican friar and his cosmological views.  In...

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It’s fitting that Pope Francis would choose poverty as a theme for his 2014 Lenten message, as it has been a central theme of his papacy thus far. Just days after his election as pope he spoke of how he loved a Church that was both poor and for the poor. More recently, he spoke of poverty during the consistory in which he elevated 19 new cardinals, challenging them to reject the trappings of worldly power and focus their ministries on those most in need. 

For most Americans like...

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March 24, 2014
The Departure Zone
By Rebecca Ryskind Teti

My dad used to say that once you reach fifty years of age, you’ve gotta know you’re in “the departure zone.” I’m not there yet, but nonetheless one of my dearest friends from childhood has been fighting cancer. The turn of the year brought the sudden, fluke passing, within months of each other, of two friends who were among the most important of my college days. My health is good, but it feels like my youth decamped in the past few months.

Hopefully you won’t find it morbid in me...

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April 20, 2014

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First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

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