Next Vatican Document: CDF on “Subsistit in

Rorate Caeli reports (based on Il Giornale) that next week the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will issue a clarification of statement in the Vatican 2 document, Lumen Gentium, that the church of Christ “subsists in” the Catholic Church. Some, including the late Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, the former President of the Pontifical Council…

Nothing New.

So does the Moto Proprio do anything new? Not really. There are already priests who have permission to celebrate mass according to the 1962 Missal, some do so in private, some do so in public. There are some parishes that do everything according to the 1962 Missal (including the Good Friday prayers), in particular those…

A Catholic Looks at Adventists and Foot-Washing

The blog, Re-Inventing the Adventist Wheel, has invited cradle Catholic Stephen Korsman of South Africa to be a contributing writer. In yesterday’s post, he looks at foot-washing, a ritual that Catholics do once a year (the priest washing the feet of twelve “select men”) and that Adventists do as part of every communion service (with…

The Feminization of the Church

John Allen on Lay Ecclesial Ministry and the Feminization of the Church. “Lay EcclesialĀ  Ministry” is a neologism being used in the Catholic Church these days for what others call simply, “lay ministry” (other churches simply assume that any “ministry” is “ecclesial,” that is, churchly). It’s a catch-all term that can apply to any volunteer…

ADL Broadside

Abe Foxman couldn’t wait before issuing a press release. Update (7/10): It appears ADL had the sense to yank the press release from its webpage–but not before it had been picked up by various news agencies (example). Abe Foxman has not issued a press release to explain the disappearance of the first press release. Update…

The Latin Mass and the Jews

Rocco’s summary of the contents of the Motu Proprio doesn’t say anything about the controversial Good Friday prayers for the Jews. But let’s take note of a couple of things. 1) It does say there are to be no private celebrations of this mass during the Triduum (which includes Good Friday); 2) priests will be…