Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II
January 19, 2012
Was John Courtney Murray right? Part three
By Louie Verrecchio

At the conclusion to part two, we weighed certain of Murray’s arguments in favor of an historically nuanced understanding of the traditional teaching on religious liberty. We will begin part three with what he labeled the “decisive proof.”

Murray goes on to quote the Syllabus of Errors of Pope Pius IX, extracting from it what he deems “the decisive proof” that Pope Leo XIII, using this as his guide, was less concerned with the prospect of the Church being “dethroned from its...

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January 12, 2012
Was John Courtney Murray right? Part two
By Louie Verrecchio

Having presented an overview of traditional Church teaching in Part One, we resume our examination of religious liberty in Part Two with a look at the John Courtney Murray school of thought.

The first thing a careful examination of Fr. Murray’s arguments reveals, is that he takes great liberty (no pun intended) in his treatment of the traditional teaching. He does so, however, in such a way that the casual observer may either miss it altogether, or may perhaps just consider it so subtle...

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January 09, 2012
Was John Courtney Murray right? Part one
By Louie Verrecchio

In this 3 part series of articles, we will examine what many Catholics and non-Catholics alike recognize as one of the most profoundly important issues of our day; namely, the matter of religious liberty.
Everyone knows that religion is good, and since no one in their right mind could possibly argue against the inherent goodness of liberty, it only stands to reason that "religious liberty" as it is so often invoked these days must be especially good!

Now, it’s just a hunch, mind you, but...

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December 15, 2011
The revised Roman Missal: A Mass of potential
By Louie Verrecchio

After years of discussion, preparation and anticipation, the new English translation of the Roman Missal – Third Edition was officially implemented in the United States on November 27. The “reviews” are now starting to show up in newspapers, blogs and other media.

As I read them, it seems as though most of the “people in the pews” are either positive about the new text, or they are at the very least willing to approach the changes as an opportunity for spiritual growth.


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December 08, 2011
The Rosary: A weapon of Mass instruction – part 5
By Louie Verrecchio

We conclude our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary with an examination of The Luminous Mysteries.

1. The Baptism of the Lord

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water,...

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November 03, 2011
The rosary: A weapon of Mass instruction - part 4
By Louie Verrecchio

We continue our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary as a means of entering more deeply into the sacred mysteries made present in Holy Mass with an examination of The Glorious Mysteries.

1. The Resurrection of the Lord

And in the end of the Sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulcher. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and coming rolled back the stone...

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October 27, 2011
Shining the light of truth on anti-Semitism
By Louie Verrecchio

Anti-Semitism must be exposed by the light of truth so it can be soundly defeated – the operative phrase here being “the light of truth”, and by this I mean whole and entire; with neither attenuation nor ambiguity. On this, surely all can agree.

In practice, however, this appears to be a real challenge for some participants in Catholic-Jewish dialogue today, and so perhaps some mutually acceptable “ecumenical ground rules” are in order to bring direction and discipline to our...

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October 20, 2011
The rosary: A weapon of Mass instruction – part 3
By Louie Verrecchio

We continue our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary as a means of entering more deeply into sacred mysteries made present in Holy Mass with an examination of The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. The Agony in the Garden

And going out, he went, according to his custom, to the Mount of Olives. And his disciples also followed him. And when he was come to the place, he said to them: Pray, lest ye enter into temptation. And he was withdrawn away from them a stone’s cast. And kneeling down, he...

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October 13, 2011
The rosary: A weapon of Mass instruction – part 2
By Louie Verrecchio

The Joyful Mysteries continued…

3. The Nativity of the Lord

And it came to pass that when they were there, Mary’s days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them and the brightness of...

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October 06, 2011
The rosary: A weapon of Mass instruction – part 1
By Louie Verrecchio

A number of saints have described the rosary as an effective weapon for helping Christians prevail in the spiritual battle that ever rages in our midst. In fact, so great is the rosary’s power that St. Pio of Pietrelcina even went so far as to say that it’s not simply a weapon; rather, “it is the weapon!

Even though St. Pio was well known for having prayed the rosary many times each day, it was not so much the centerpiece of his life as it was his compass. And where did it...

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