27 December 2011

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8 December
Solemnity


One of the things that attracts me to the Eastern Churches is the way they teach theology and doctrine through their prayers and hymnography. The Latin Church does this as well, but not as explicitly. This is not the case with the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, particularly in the new translation of the Roman Missal. These prayers are pregnant with theology and doctrine, and so, I will present them with a little commentary for my Protestant brethren.

21 December 2011

Covering the Crucifix

A few weeks ago, I wrote an e-mail to ZENIT with a liturgical question about my parish covering the crucifix behind the altar during the Christmas and Easter Seasons. It must have been an important question because they published an answer yesterday (I just read it today). Reprinting ZENIT's articles require written permission from the editor, so I'll just post my question here and provide you with a link to the answer.

Say Merry Christmas

It seems that some Christians are starting to get a little over zealous  about the word Christmas. The Say Merry Christmas Network is proof of such zeal. They even have a song:

19 December 2011

Collect for Fourth Sunday of Advent

Did you catch the Collect (Opening Prayer) yesterday? If not, here it is again:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Do you recognize this prayer? I do. I pray it every morning when I wake up, and usually at noon and again at 6:00. It's part of the Angelus:

16 December 2011

Government Protects Child Rapists

There have been a few cases of Catholic priests that have raped children. The key word here is few. The victims of the majority of sex abuse cases involving Catholic priests have  been adults. However, the media focuses on the child rape cases, and, more especially, the cases that bishops have tried to cover up.

07 December 2011

Persecuted Body of Christ Needs Your Voice

Glory to Our Lord Jesus!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On Friday, in the Kurdish city of Zakho which is heavily populated with Assyrian Christians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) there was a Fatwa (religious decree) issued by a cleric against all businesses which are against Sharia Law. Thousands of Kurdish Muslims took to the streets and attacked over 24 Christian businesses. Two days later they passed out leaflets threatening the Christian store owners will be killed if they attempt to re-open their stores.

06 December 2011

Catholic Spouse = No Heir

I just thought of something a few days ago concerning the news that the English Monarch can now marry a Catholic: such a marriage cannot produce an heir to the English Crown. When a Catholic marries a non-Catholic, whether in a Catholic Church or if a dispensation was granted to marry in another church, the non-Catholic party has to agree to baptize and raise their children in the Catholic Church (Code of Canon Law 1125) . Obviously, an English Monarch cannot be Catholic as being the English Monarch entails being the head of the Church of England. Thus, if the children of the English Monarch are all Catholic, none of them can be an heir to the Crown.

I'm sure that such a situation would not be allowed; therefore, the English Monarch cannot marry a Catholic unless that person denies her faith and raises her children outside the Catholic Faith. Hence, the reform of the Act of Settlement has no effect.

04 December 2011

The Music Kids Listen To

When I was young, I couldn't understand why adults couldn't appreciate all the music I listened to. I listened to a wide variety of music, and most adults could appreciate at least some of it. However, I figured I would never put down the music that my kids listen to. I would see the beauty in all of it.

I was partly right and partly wrong.