More Indulgences

Diocese of Harrisburg offers indulgences for its cathedral’s centennial. Plenary Indulgence Granted to Those who Make Pilgrimage to Cathedral. Decree.

Klingenschmitt Grandstands. Again.

Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt has been making appearances this week in DC, claiming he was kicked out of the Navy for praying in Jesus’ name. (1, 2, 3, 4). This is getting tiresome. Let me repost what I reported on March 5: CWNews says Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt was “disciplined for praying ‘in Jesus’…

More Responses to CDF Statement

Seventh-day Adventist responses: Adventist Church leaders said the statement merely clarified the Catholic Church’s traditional position. “There’s nothing surprising here,” said Kwabena Donkor, associate director of the Adventist Church’s Biblical Research Institute. “Following Vatican II, the modernization meetings of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, some people had the impression that there were some significant…

The Sabbath

I’ve come across a couple of webpages where folks express more shock at my re-embracement of Seventh-day Adventism than at my leaving Catholicism–it’s the idea of the Sabbath that bugs them. The thing is, the question of Sabbath vs. Sunday is inextricably related to the authority of the Catholic Church. I came to the point…

Intolerance in the Senate

Rajan Zed of Nevada became the first Hindu to offer the Senate’s opening prayer. He quoted from the Rig Veda: “United your resolve, united your hearts, may your spirits be at one, that you may long dwell in unity and concord.” Not a bad wish for the Senate–but there were dissenting voices. [Video] Protesters disrupt…

Komonchak on Subsistit In

Joseph A. Komonchak is one of the leading experts on the Second Vatican Council, having edited the English version of Giuseppe Alberigo’s multi-volume History of Vatican II (Orbis/Peeters). He’s one of the contributers at the Commonweal blog, and today offers his reflection on the recent CDF document: The Subsisting Church. He’s polite, scholarly, respectful–but the…

Implementing the MP

I remember when Bishop Kenneth Angell took over as bishop of Burlington, Vermont. One of his first acts was to declare that churches had to stop using girls as altar servers, until the Vatican ruled on the matter. Some people got upset with the bishop, but one priest friend of mine, who had just returned…