He would never deny Holy Communion to anyone

New pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake asks newspaper "who are we to judge?"

The following comes from an August 4  Thousand Oaks Acorn article by Stephanie Bertholdo: Monsignor Paul Albee was welcomed as the new pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake on July 1. Albee, the pastor at Holy Cross for 11 years, joined St. Max after the Rev. Jarlath Dolan retired. Albee has worked in numerous California parishes since he became a … [Read more...]

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The proper role of Eucharistic ministers

Does abuse of extraordinary ministers feed the vocation crisis?

The following comes from an August 6 Crisis Magazine article by John M. Grondelski: Every three years as the Church is reading the Gospel of Mark, during the dog days of summer it stops for three weeks and turns instead to the Gospel of John for instruction on the Eucharist. We began this process July 26 with the account of the sign of the multiplication of the loaves, and … [Read more...]

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We didn’t come here to change anybody

Archdiocesan paper whitewashes “LGBT affirming” Most Holy Redeemer

The July 17 issue of Catholic San Francisco contained a laudatory 1,100 word article on San Francisco’s notorious Most Holy Redeemer parish, as well as its pastor and parochial vicar. The parish, which now describes itself online as “an LGBT affirming parish”— meaning it thinks homosexuality is OK — has a long history of celebrating events and hosting persons utterly in … [Read more...]

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The picture is not the point

I have no photos of my own Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation.

The following comes from a June 9 posting by Monsingor Charles Pope of the archdiocese of Washington DC. Consider the scene. The bishop has taken his place at the entrance to the sanctuary. He is prepared to confirm some twenty young people. It is a sacred moment; a Sacrament is to be conferred. The parents are in deep prayer thanking the Holy Spirit, who is about to confirm … [Read more...]

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Come to Confession, Nancy Pelosi

The following comes from a Mar. 31 story on LifeSiteNews.com. Speaking with LifeSiteNews about the matter of worthiness to receive Holy Communion last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that Church teaching on the matter “has been very clear and consistent from literally the very beginning." The Church's teaching goes "all the way back to St. Paul who writes in 1 … [Read more...]

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Lest so many words complicate a simple question

The following comes from a Mar. 19 posting on A Canon Lawyer’s Blog by Ed Peters. Catholic discipline that precludes holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics rests on three simple points. Assuming the specifications and nuances that should flesh out these points, they are: Catholics obstinately persisting in manifest grave sin should neither approach for nor … [Read more...]

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