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Extraordinary vs. Ordinary: A View from the Pew

As if the Church doesn't have enough to deal with, lay and clerical faithful have recently turned up the heat on a debate that the average Catholic had no idea was going on in the first place: which form of the Mass is the better one, the Extraordinary Form ("Latin Mass") or the Ordinary Form… Continue reading Extraordinary vs. Ordinary: A View from the Pew

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The Way the World Ends

She knew very early on, as women sometimes do when pregnant, that she was going to have a boy. She and her husband chose a simple and strong name for him: William Joseph. On the eve of the feast of St. Nicholas, William came into this world stillborn. He had twenty-four weeks, in the womb… Continue reading The Way the World Ends

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Profound Quotables from BXVI’s “Jesus of Nazareth”

Long on my "need to read" list, I chose volume one of then-Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth for my Lenten reading, and finished it right after Easter began. The book shook me to my Church-nerd core, and I think my head exploded after every third page or so. For instance: offering evidence that Barabas… Continue reading Profound Quotables from BXVI’s “Jesus of Nazareth”