Blasphemy Challenge

Paul of Alive & Young draws our attention to a “Blasphem(ous) Challenge.” While you’re over there, check out some of his wilder posts, like Napoleon Dynamite on Catholics and Catholicism.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25 each year. Once again, I’ve heard of no attempts to acknowledge it in my little town. It seems to get forgotten between Respect Life Sunday and MLK Day. Let me know if you hear of anything ….

WYD 2008

Flexible pricing has been introduced to World Youth Day for the 2008 event in Australia, based on the wealth of your country of origin, ranging from $395 to $50 for the week. No one can really complain, as even the $395 includes housing, meals, insurance, visa and in-country transportation. Not a bad deal. What’s going…

“Liberty”

Liberty Revival Church is one of those churches that is on the avant-garde. They are different, and they want you to know it. They don’t meet on Sundays, but on Friday nights (so you can have “weekends free”). They speak a sort of evangelical/charismatic language, of “discipleship” and “apostolicity.” They are about “liberty,” “revival,” “deliverance,”…

Ad orientem

Amy opens up a discussion about ad orientem (celebrating liturgy facing the altar, as opposed to facing the people) in Lutheran and Episcopalian churches. I commented, Altars are often ad orientem in Lutheran churches of all stripes, Missouri, ELCA, and WELS. Probably in the majority of ELCA churches I’ve been in in Pennsylvania. Two of…

Bishop Trautman Concerned about Confusion

John Allen reports that Bishop Donald Trautman is concerned about the new liturgical translations. He’s worried that lay people will be confused, and might not understand Catholic teaching. He called upon members of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy to protest the proposals. “Bishop Trautman challenged Catholic liturgical scholars of North America to assist the bishops…

Security Concerns at UST

Crime surge at the University of St. Thomas worries some. Local ABC affiliate reports on a problem that’s been brewing for a month. In just three week’s time, there have been two violent crimes. Both were near the intersection of Mt. Vernon and West Main on the west side of campus. On the first incident…

Perpetual Prayer–Protestant Style

The 23/7 Prayer Movement, at CBN. It’s different than the Perpetual Adoration promoted in many Catholic parishes in that this prayer is not taking place before the Blessed Sacrament. And yet, like Perpetual Adoration (to a degree), it is also promoted by those with an interest in what Catholics might call private revelation and/or apocalypticism.