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CV LOOP: Trump vows healthcare ‘for everybody’

TRUMPCARE? // President-elect Donald Trump vows universal healthcare in Obamacare replacement plan. “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Washington Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. Show More Summary

Monastic Chant Forum at Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight,July 2017.

Fr Benedict Hardy of Pluscarden Abbey has sent me details about the next meeting of the Monastic Chant Forum, which will take place at Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight in England this coming July. The meeting will run from Monday July 17th (arrivals before supper at 7 pm) to Friday, July 21st. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: GOP divided on how to replace Obamacare

HEALTH CARE // Congressional Republicans and the Trump transition team are at odds about an Obamacare replacement plan. Trump’s health secretary nominee Tom Price has a plan which would provide consumers tax credits to help them buy insurance coverage — everyone would get at least $1,200 a year, increasing with age, regardless of income. But some Congressional [...]

Indiana Jones and the Jars of Cana

This is cool. From Christianity Today, “Biblical Archeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2016.” You may have already heard about the team of archeologists who opened the Holy Sepulchre last year for the first time since 1555.  This list includes not just that expedition, but a bunch of other real-life adventures,  like the discovery of the [...]

‘The Young Pope’ and the Trump-ification of Media Coverage

What does HBO’s “The Young Pope” have to do with incoming President Donald Trump? Depends who’s asking. For the past week or so, I’ve been in and out of the winter edition of the biannual TV Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California, listening as reporters who cover TV, from around the U.S. and Canada, [...]

#KillingAfrica: This Petition Could Defund the World’s Biggest Abortion Provider

What if I told you there’s an organization like Planned Parenthood, but worse? And just like Planned Parenthood, it’s funded by your tax dollars. After Nigerian pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha released a video exposé about Marie Stopes International on January 8th (watch it here: “Killing Africa”), the hashtag #KillingAfrica is making its rounds Twitter, and [...]

Four Ways the Obama Legacy Will Backfire

This is the season to discuss President Obama’s legacy. After all, he is the first black president set to leave the Oval Office this week that begins with Martin Luther King Day and ends with Inauguration Day for his replacement. Perhaps history will always remember him as the likeable man with a likeable family that [...]

Break Your Silence: Speak About Amoris Laetitia!

It has been 600 days since I last composed a blog post, but this is so important I am breaking my hiatus. Almost exactly 1600 years ago, in the midst of the Pelagian heresy which threatened to engulf the Church, St. Augustine wrote that when Rome has spoken, the case is closed (paraphrased: “Roma locuta [...]

A Tale of Two Lectionaries: Qualitative versus Quantitative Measures

In recent years, I have been drawn into research on the revised lectionary, which is often hailed as one of the great gains of the liturgical reform. The fullest presentation of my findings is published in the proceedings of Sacra Liturgia 2015, Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century (pp. Show More Summary

The Feast of St Agnes in New York City

The church of St Agnes in New York City, located at 143 East 43rd St, will hold a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the feast of its Patron Saint, this coming Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. The music will be Palestrina’s...Show More Summary

FSSP Seminary at Buxheim Charterhouse

Here’s something that has been sitting in my “to do” file for while, partly because there are so many good photos in this set that it was really difficult to make a selection. This past December, the FSSP’s German seminary celebrated...Show More Summary

Melkite Bishop Nicholas to Visit Berkeley for Monthly Mission Liturgy

Bishop Nicholas Samra of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts (which covers the whole of the United States) will visit the campus at Berkeley, California, for one of the upcoming monthly mission liturgies. The dates for the next three mission liturgies have been set; they are January 27th, February 25th and March 11th. Show More Summary

Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 15, 2017

  Jan. 15, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time       Cycle A. Readings:       1) Isaiah 49:3, 5-6       Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10       2) 1 Corinthians 1:1-3       Gospel: John 1:29-34   By Jean Denton Catholic News Service I went to the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time at age 33 and, as a […]

Special Antiphons for the Baptism of the Lord

In the Tridentine Missal, the Mass of the Octave of the Epiphany is the same as that of the feast itself, except for the Gospel, John 1, 29-34, and the three prayers. In the Office, the lessons of the second and third nocturns are proper...Show More Summary

Well Said: The prophet is a person

The prophet is not a mouthpiece, but a person; not an instrument, but a partner, an associate of God. Emotional detachment would be understandable only if there were a command which required the suppression of emotion, forbidding one...Show More Summary

New Home for the TLM in the Diocese of New Ulm

A reader sent in word that the weekly Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, has been moved from St Michael’s Church in Morgan to St Mary, Help of Christians in Sleepy Eye. (636 1st Avenue North) The time slot remains the same, 11:30 AM on Sunday. Show More Summary

This photo is too funny

Granted, it’s not real.  But there’s no way I can’t post this. Via Fr. Z’s blog, via The Onion: Pope Francis Wearing Sweater Vestments He Got For Christmas Share. Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn LinkedIn Tumblr Email

CV LOOP: Speaker: Fund federal community health centers, not Planned Parenthood

PP SCANDAL // At a CNN town hall, Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about funding for Planned Parenthood. He replied: “We don’t want to commit taxpayer funding for abortion, and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider.” CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Ryan, saying that existing law blocks taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. But, Ryan argued, “money’s fungible, and it [...]

Well Said: Eyewitnesses to God

There are no proofs for the existence of the God of Abraham. There are only eyewitnesses. The greatness of the prophet lies not only n the ideas he expressed, but also in the moments he experienced. The prophet is a witness and his words a testimony — to His power and judgment, to His justice and mercy. Abraham Heschel, The Prophets

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