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Conciliar Reform in the 1960s: Politics Become Religion

September 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Conciliar Reform in the 1960s: Politics Become Religion

Why do many Roman Catholics put up so much resistance to reintroducing traditional liturgical elements to the Mass? In two recent articles, Catholic Stand writer Nicholas LaBanca interviewed two Eastern Catholic priests, Fr. Thomas Loya of the Byzantine Rite and Fr. Alexander Wroblicky of the Ukrainian-Greek Rite. Both men observed that Millennials take to elements […]

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part II

September 12, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part II

This is the second and final interview with a duo of Byzantine Rite Catholic priests on the benefits of traditional elements in worship; principally, the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem. The first interview with Fr. Thomas Loya can be found here. Today, we sit down with Fr. Alexander Wroblicky, a […]

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A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

August 29, AD2017 0 Comments
A Byzantine Look at Worshipping Ad Orientem, Part I

Last year, Robert Cardinal Sarah urged pastors the world over to “return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction—Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes, in those parts of the liturgical rites when we are addressing God.” To worship […]

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Peter, Paul and Collaborative Ministry

July 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Peter, Paul and Collaborative  Ministry

In the 1930’s, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house that many consider his most beautiful. The owner had requested that the waterfall on the property be showcased, and that the house be built as close as possible to the waterfall. True to his genius, Mr. Wright decided to build the house over the waterfall! In order to accomplish […]

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The New Evangelization Is Missing Men

September 18, AD2015 4 Comments
The New Evangelization Is Missing Men

It has been almost 50 years since the New Evangelization was launched at Vatican II. Despite a growing enthusiasm for evangelization, there is a serious and growing Catholic “man-crisis” in the United States. So far, the New Evangelization is missing men. The Catholic “Man Crisis” There is a serious Catholic “man crisis”. One in three […]

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“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit”

January 30, AD2015 33 Comments
“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit”

Man likes to be in control, especially of  the Holy Spirit. Of course, most of us would deny trying to box in the Almighty, because we realize how ridiculous this sounds.  Yet, because we really do not like to change, we end up resisting even God.  We like our comfort zone. We especially don’t like […]

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Blessed John Paul II: First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

March 25, AD2014 10 Comments
Blessed John Paul II:  First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

Sometimes a great historical figure is not as recognized as such during his lifetime.  Other historical figures are recognized as monumentally important even while they live.  John Paul II, who will be canonized on April 27, 2014, was definitely in the latter category.  He was the most important Pope of the last century, and the […]

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Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

January 29, AD2013 47 Comments
Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

I have long heard about Pope Paul VI having referred to the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church.  Usually most references to it do not mention when it was said and in what context.  The quote apparently was said on June 29, 1972 by Pope Paul VI on the ninth anniversary of his coronation […]

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