What If Mass Were About God?

You walk up a flight of granite stairs to a pair great wooden doors beneath a spire rising, it seems, miles toward the heavens. The heavy door opens slowly, because of its weight, but surprisingly easily, like a perfectly balance vault door. The vestibule is dark and reverent, not grand at all. It might be…

Benedict’s Books

I tried to read “Crossing the Threshold of Hope.” I failed. Because of that, I was skeptical about the writings of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. The first Ratzinger book I read was “Many Religions, One Covenant.” I read it in 2 hours. Had the world ended during those two hours, I’d have…

Peter’s Digest

Today, Pope Benedict XVI released the Compendium of Catechism of the Catholic Church. The book is a condensed version of the full Catechism released in 1992. The Holy Father says the book contains all of the essentials, but only the essentials. If you need a copy now, though, you’ll have to get the whole thing…

Stem-Cell Fraud

Scientists admit that the miracle of embryonic stem-cell cures was oversold. James Thomson, the Wisconsin biologist who was the first to isolate embryonic stem cells, admitted that embryonic stem-cell research was oversold. He said cures from this research may not be available for another 10 or 20 years. Gee, imagine that: doctors and scientists lying…

Eat Your Heart Out

This Sunday, God willing, my family will attend a Tridentine High Mass in this beautiful church. On our knees, the priest facing Christ crucified, Latin and chants invoking the Holy Spirit to fill our souls with graces. Does it get any better on this earth? Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae…

Thank Denzel Washington

This is from my friend, Carrie. She asks a salient question about media coverage of conservative actors. Brooks Army Medical Center Don’t know whether you heard about this but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troups at Brook Army Medical Center, in San Antonio,Texas (BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers that have…

The Death of Cardinal Sin

I may have to take this to confession. When I first read this headline, I was overjoyed. I thought, somehow, the new Pope found a way to abolish serious sin: TELEGRAM FOR DEATH OF CARDINAL SIN Sadly, there was really a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, who passed away. He must have been…

Beating Up on Anglicans?

I could be accused of beating up on Anglicans. I am sorry if I am. The Church of England, though, claims to be an episcopal church. It believes in Apostolic succession. Until very recently, the Church of England was more closely united with the Roman Catholic church than any mainstream Protestant church. It is because…