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LOOP: Health care vote looms large

HEALTH CARE // A big vote looms on health care as early as tomorrow. But several details of the GOP health care legislation remain unknown. Senate Republicans are now considering two versions of similar legislation, one that would repeal and replace, and another that would simply repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay to give the Senate more time to agree [...]

The Feast of St Mary Magdalene 2017

O happy Mary of happy merit, that first among mortals did merit to see the Son of God rising from the dead; for whose love thou disdained the blandishments of the world: by thy prayer, we ask thee, commend us to Him with diligence. V. Show More Summary

"Liturgical Obedience, the Imitation of Christ, and the Seductions of Autonomy": Audio of Dr. Kwasniewski's Lecture at Silverstream Priory

At the kind invitation of Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B., I delivered a lecture this past Tuesday, July 18, at Silverstream Priory in Ireland, entitled "Liturgical Obedience, the Imitation of Christ, and the Seductions of Autonomy." The full...Show More Summary

When Can Mutual Enrichment Begin?

Card. Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, recently had an article in the French magazine La Nef; in it, he discusses among other things the mutual enrichment of the two Forms of the Roman Rite which Pope Benedict proposed in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. Show More Summary

Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage and Conference in Rome, Sept. 14-17

The celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum are an initiative of the Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum, the organizers since 2012 of the annual Populus Summorum Pontificum international...Show More Summary

LOOP: Judge won’t reinstate order against sanctuary cities

IMMIGRATION // A federal judge refuses to reinstate President Trump’s order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration enforcement. BUDGET // Health care isn’t the only concern Republicans have to contend with. Show More Summary

Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, July 23, 2017

July 23, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time       Cycle A. Readings:      1) Wisdom 12:13, 16-19      Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16      2) Romans 8:26-27      Gospel: Matthew 13:24-33   By Sharon K. Perkins Catholic News … Continue reading ?

Patronal Feast of the St Ann Choir in Palo Alto

Celebrate the patronal feast of the St Ann Choir next Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. They will sing the Missa Sesquialtera of Orlando di Lasso and the Gregorian chants for the day at St Thomas Aquinas Church, located at 751 Waverly at Homer, in Palo Alto, California.

More Details on the Pilgrimage from Burgundy to Pluscarden Abbey

Fr Dunstan Robertson has reminded me of the pilgrimage being organised by Pluscarden Abbey, the Benedictine house in northeast Scotland. It started in June, and is going on now, but people can still join for the rest or part of the pilgrimage,...Show More Summary

Gone Fishing

John Singer Sargent, Two Girls Fishing, detail, 1912via Arts Everyday Living To be honest, I won't be dressed like this. And I won't be fishing.But I will be gone until the middle of next week. We're taking a road trip to the wedding of a friend of our daughter's... Show More Summary

LOOP: McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

SENATE // Senator John McCain, R-AZ, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. A statement from his doctors say he is recovering from surgery but it is unclear when the 80-year-old will be able to return to the Senate. Doctors are considering further treatment including chemotherapy and radiation. Show More Summary

Well Said: Christianity thoroughly approves of the body

Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body — which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Genesis Notes: Laban's Resume

I never really thought about Laban much except as an obstacle to Jacob's plans. But he's more than a stereotypically difficult father-in-law. I have really enjoyed the insights about how gave Jacob have a taste of his own medicine by tricking him so thoroughly. Show More Summary

Photos of Cardinal Meisner’s Funeral

This past Saturday, the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany, celebrated the funeral rites of His Eminence Joachim Cardinal Meisner, who held that see for over 25 years, from December of 1988 until his retirement at the end of February, 2014; he passed away on July 5 at the age of 83. Show More Summary

EF Mass in Detroit for Beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey

There will be a special High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in honor of the beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey this Sunday, July 23, at 2:00 pm at one of Detroit’s grandest historic churches, Most Holy Redeemer. The celebrant will be Fr Ben Luedtke, locally known for his preaching and retreats; a reception will follow the Mass in the parish hall. Show More Summary

LOOP: Straight Obamacare repeal bill dies quickly

HEALTH CARE // Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Plan B was to repeal Obamacare and replace it within 2 years. That idea was already dead by lunch. But McConnell will still push for a vote next week on the bill. Unless something changes, the bill is doomed as all Democrats, and four Republicans have announced their opposition. HEALTH CARE // With [...]

Health Care Fail

The Senate GOP health care bill is dead. Planned Parenthood is cheering. Meanwhile, insurers continue to abandon markets. Medicaid is sprinting toward insolvency, and the disastrous Obamacare law continues to leave Catholic families in the lurch. WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Senate Republicans were split on the best solution to “replace” Obamacare. Hold outs Mike Lee and Rand [...]

Fota X Conference Papers Day 3, and Photos of Card. Burke’s Mass

On Monday, July 10th, the following papers were presented at the tenth annual Fota Liturgical Conference, focusing this year on the Church Fathers and the sources of the Roman Rite. Fr Kevin Zilverberg - The Latin Fathers’ Daniel inShow More Summary

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