Why do so few Catholics believe in the real presence? A call to action.

Bishop Robert Barron explained, and Fr. Z. followed up with extended commentary, agreeing with a need for action, but issuing his own call. [The] Bishop doesn’t seem to mean action to change the way we celebrate the Eucharist, the way we see the Eucharist, the way we sing to and about the Eucharist, the way we literally handle the Eucharist.  That is: liturgical … Continue reading Why do so few Catholics believe in the real presence? A call to action.

That priest at the altar’s a nobody.

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
You go high enough on the academic ladder, you are properly “robed” at commencement ceremonies, observes Fr. Hunwicke, explaining: Doctoral garb distinguishes the achievement of, er, achievers. He contrasts it with what the priest wears at mass: ‘VESTMENTS’, on the other hand, negate the individuality and achievements of the wearer.…

Reasons for denial of entry to canonization lobby to G K Chesterton

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
No “local cult,” said the bishop. But it used to be the opposite argument that held sway, says the learned Fr. Hunwicke — if there were a local cult, the cause would be suspect. He finds this objection puzzling. “Nor do I find it easy to take seriously his second reason,”…

Why do so few US Catholics believe in the Real Presence? Look at the liturgy

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
Casual does, belief follows, as sure as night the day. A generation of pastors stripped the altars and passed out the Eucharist like a leaflet. The latest Pew study shockingly states that only 31 per cent of Catholics in the United States believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and…

The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice — sermon material here

I’d take a sermon like this any day. Has punch, gets to the heart of a major, burning issue: how react to a society that rarely hears such talk. Society? How about parish mass-attenders? First few ‘graphs: According to atheist Richard Dawkins in his best-selling book The God Delusion, the God of the Old Testament is … Continue reading The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice — sermon material here

Inside baseball: Pope St. Paul VI’s cathedral in his home town has no altar!

Something there is that makes a fellow love it. The newer of the two [Brescia] Cathedrals intrigues. Within it, a ‘shrine’ to S Paul VI ‘Brixiensis’ [the Brescia native]. It contains, apparently, neither relics of the Saint nor an altar. Speculation arose in our group [of insiders, attending a convention] about whether this latter fact … Continue reading Inside baseball: Pope St. Paul VI’s cathedral in his home town has no altar!

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