- After the Hobby Lobby scandal, a spotlight on antiquities sales in Israel August 17, 2017In 2010, Hobby Lobby, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City, paid $1.6 million for 5,500 ancient artifacts from Iraq. Six years later, an investigation by U.S. and Israeli law enforcement and tax officials determined that dealers in the United Emirates and Israel had intentionally misidentified the items as Turkish ceramics. Many archaeologists in Israel and […]
- Just-war tests not met in North Korea situation, ethicists say August 17, 2017In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are four conditions for a war to be just, all of which must be met: The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave and certain; all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown […]
- Nostalgia for a “golden age” hurts the Church, both on left and right August 17, 2017There is a tendency for conservative Catholics to long for a pre-Conciliar Church of the Latin Mass and old devotions. Liberals often dream of a return to the Church of the '70s with its "anything goes" attitude. While such nostalgia on both sides is understandable, it is also lamentable.
- Newcomers to the Church should speak less, listen more August 17, 2017David Mill, who entered the Church over 15 years ago, says a convert may know many of the Catholic details. He may be full of book-learning. But of the real Catholic mind or imagination — the Catholic paradigm, the way Catholics see the world — he knows little. The new Catholic must work for many […]
- After Charlottesville, black priest asks hierarchy, ‘What next?’ August 17, 2017After the violence in Charlottesville at an alt-right rally, the question for the Church is what next? A priest suggests one thing that seems simple but is actually quite difficult and absolutely necessary is for the hierarchy to start talking about the issue of race.
- After the Hobby Lobby scandal, a spotlight on antiquities sales in Israel August 17, 2017
Author Archives: Fr. JC
“Jesus Christ did not come to suffer and die so that he could make ‘cultural Catholics’” (Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles). When I first read Archbishop Gomez’s comment, I found it very provocative. What did he mean by “cultural … Continue reading
I have been keeping this blog pretty much since I was ordained a priest. Since I was a parochial vicar when I started this blog, and thus subject to moves, I have paid to have have the hosted on BlueHost … Continue reading
Forgive me if I brag a little about my family. My sister, Ann, called me this week to tell me about her youngest, Seamus. Seamus is 7 years-old, and recently participated in their parish’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). After the … Continue reading
To all the fathers in the parish I want to wish a happy Fathers’ Day. I pray that it is a special day for you to spend with your family. For those of us whose fathers have passed away, today … Continue reading
Come July 1, we will be welcoming Rich Scanlon as our new Director of Evangelization & Discipleship Formation. This is a new position for our parish, replacing the position of Director of Faith Formation. Rich’s responsibilities will include implementing our … Continue reading
We see signs with it at so many events. We see it at sporting events: John 3:16. We see it at concerts: John 3:16. I even have it as a patch on my jacket: John 3:16. So what does one … Continue reading
For the past seven weeks we have kept the Easter Candle here in the sanctuary, lighting it every time we have celebrated Mass. The living flame of the Easter Candle reminds us that Christ is alive, that he rose from … Continue reading
As some of you know, I had planned to lead a pilgrimage next October to both Lourdes and Fatima, in part, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima. Unfortunately, not enough people signed up, so I … Continue reading
In case you are wondering why I am not at the Masses this weekend, I am down in Burlington, NC officiating at the wedding of my oldest niece, Sydney. All of my immediate family will be there. After us not … Continue reading