Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II
November 21, 2013
Fired sportscaster ignites the conversation
By Louie Verrecchio

“There is no quit. None whatsoever.”

So says Damian Goddard, the Canadian sports broadcaster and devout Catholic who lost his job simply for sending a Tweet in support of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In May 2011, as debate was heating up over a referendum to legalize so-called “gay marriage” in the state of New York, professional NHL player Sean Avery of the NY Rangers made a public service announcement urging voters to support the initiative. 


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October 17, 2013
Serving the poor
By Louie Verrecchio

I think it’s safe to say that Pope Francis has made the so-called “preferential option for the poor” one of the overriding themes, if not the centerpiece, of his papacy.

With this in mind, it may be useful to take a closer look at the Church’s understanding of what it means to serve the poor.

The notion of a “preferential option” is often said to be drawn from the opening sentence of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World of Vatican II:...

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September 13, 2013
Another response to Eugenio Scalfari
By Louie Verrecchio

As most readers know, Pope Francis recently sent a letter to journalist Eugenio Scalfari in response to questions he had posed in articles that were published in La Repubblica, the Italian newspaper that he founded.

Scalfari’s questions, as the pope acknowledged, are undoubtedly shared by other “non-believers,” and the Holy Father characterized his answers, not as exhaustive and final, but as “tentative and temporary.” With that in mind, I offer the following, not just to...

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August 22, 2013
The thread from which Summorum Pontificum hangs
By Louie Verrecchio

On Aug. 6, 2013, Andrea Tornielli of “Vatican Insider” published an interview with Fr. Alessandro Apollonio, the Procurator General of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, in which they discussed the Holy See's recent decision to restrict the order's use of the so-called "Extraordinary Form."

The decree issued by the Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, reads in part:

"The Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the...

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July 18, 2013
Malaysian Muslims welcome Papal Nuncio
By Louie Verrecchio

According to Catholic World News, Muslim activists have petitioned the Malaysian government to expel Archbishop Joseph Marino, the recently arrived and first ever resident Vatican diplomat (Papal Nuncio) the Asian nation has ever had.

His crime? Publicly affirming the right of Christians to use the word “Allah” in reference to God.

I must admit, upon hearing about the controversy, I initially thought that this was going to be another story about interreligious dialogue gone wild,...

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June 06, 2013
Let Freedom Ring? Let Jesus Reign!
By Louie Verrecchio

Flipping around the radio dial a few weeks ago, I made a 90 second pit stop on Mark Levin’s program, about as long as I can stand most conservative talking heads lately.

It’s not that we don’t share similar objectives (e.g., the defense of marriage as one man and one woman, an end to the evil of abortion, a government that doesn’t mandate despicable practices, etc.); it’s just that they’re always hawking a remedy that’s destined to fail.

The clarion call to change the...

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May 17, 2013
Kermit Gosnell and the death penalty
By Louie Verrecchio

Imagine the scene in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee calls the meeting to order with three decisive blows of the gavel:

A hush falls over the unusually large throng of observers as the presiding legislator greets the star witness and asks him to identify himself, stating his cause, that it may be noted in the official record.

As a barrage of flashbulbs and the rapid fire sound of clicking shutters emanates from the pool of...

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April 25, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial: Ecclesial crisis on display
By Louie Verrecchio

Make no mistake about it: The Church in our day is in the midst of a terrible, and in many ways unprecedented, crisis of faith. This objective reality, however, is largely lost on the overwhelming majority of Catholics, both clerical and otherwise.

While some Catholics, with deliberate intent, actively promote the various agendas that underlie the situation, others simply choose to downplay the magnitude of the crisis out of sheer weakness, as acknowledging the problem suggests a...

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April 18, 2013
Timid men
By Louie Verrecchio

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

A recent video by Fr. Robert Barron, “Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument,” called to mind just how right Jefferson was.

In his commentary, Fr. Barron said:

“In his great text, After Virtue, the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre laments not so much the bad state of morals in the west, though that’s true enough, but he laments something deeper, and more fundamental;...

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April 11, 2013
The Council’s use of phenomenology
By Louie Verrecchio

Recently, I’ve been reading about the phenomenological method employed by the Council Fathers of Vatican II, as elucidated by Dr. Paul Zarowny in a review of the book, Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man: The Council’s Pastoral Servant Leader Theology for the Third Millennium, by Passionist priest Fr. John F. Kobler (American University Studies, Series 7, vol. 100).

Although the article is a bit dated, Dr. Zarowny’s insights seem to shed some light on the difficulties...

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