Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cuba Makes Good Friday a Holiday!

USA Today is reporting: Havana (AP) – Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week’s Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island’s 1959 Revolution, though a decision … Continue reading

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Italian Bishops Forbid Scattering of Ashes after Cremation

Catholic Culture: In new guidelines for funerals and burials, the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the scattering of ashes of the deceased is not allowed. The revised funeral rites, released on March 31, said that although civil law allows … Continue reading

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TTAC Communication

For March is out from Fr Ian Gray, Vicar General: My Dear Friends, I have delayed writing this letter whilst I received news from the Johannesburg meeting of the Traditional Anglican Church College of Bishops. I can now state that contrary … Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Track: City of David

There’s no better place this Passover to explore new excavations that have so much to do with the holiday. Joe Yudin writes in the Jerusalem Post: … Starting this Passover you will be able to walk the entire distance from the … Continue reading

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: Make the Most of the Final Days of Lent

“Lent is a time for self-denial and prayer; a time to reconnect with  Scripture; a time to purify ourselves and reconcile with God through the  sacrament of penance,” wrote Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in a  recent CatholicPhilly.com column. “It’s … Continue reading

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Catholic Interpretation of Scripture

Self-conscious reflection on the proper methods of interpretation of Scripture began already with the early Church Fathers. One of the most definitive patristic statements on interpretation is St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, “On Christian Doctrine.” While its title might lead … Continue reading

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The Cross and You

Via Fr Jeremy Davies: This is the week when the Cross looms very large in our lives. Today, at Mass we hear again the passion story so that we might focus our full attention on the cross through the week. … Continue reading

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The Final Week of Jesus’ Life, a Chronology

Helpful, from The New Theological Movement: As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus’ life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four … Continue reading

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Some Anglican Difficulties

Writes Fr Dwight Longenecker (who I seem to be linking a lot to of late): When I lived in England Anglicans almost universally referred to the Catholic Church as “the Roman Catholic Church.” They would emphasize the word “Roman”. The subtext … Continue reading

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Census Shows Ireland is Still Overwhelmingly Catholic

Despite being rocked by the sex abuse scandal, a huge percentage in the country still self-identify as Catholic.  Details, from the Irish Times: Ireland remains the overwhelmingly Catholic country of the English-speaking world, according to results of the April 2011 … Continue reading

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