Contraception and the Early Church Fathers

Despite what some commentators and politicians think, Church teaching on abortion and contraception has remained unchanged. By FATHER MITCH PACWA SJ, 02/16/2012 (copied from National Catholic Register) The recent indignity by which the Obama administration wants to mandate everyone, including all Catholic institutions or their insurers, to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, has…

Wedding Homily

I’ll be performing a wedding a little later today… Here is the homily:   Becoming One (Gen 2:24) Wednesday was St Valentine’s Day. You know, that mushy day when everyone dresses up in red and white, when gifts of love: red roses, chocolate hearts, love songs DVD’s and golden rings are exchanged, a romantic dinner…

Pope: Allocution to New Cardinals

Venerable Brothers, Dear Brothers and Sisters, With these words the entrance hymn has led us into the solemn and evocative ritual of the ordinary public Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals, with the placing of the biretta, the handing over of the ring and the assigning of a titular church. They are the efficacious…

Cardinal-to-be Dolan (and others)

Speaks of going to confession in Rome. Powerful. Archbishop Dolan’s message about confession the other day was a fine example of simple pastoral care for his people. Love, Prayers, and Best Wishes from Rome Well, I did it again… It’s usually one of the very first things I do on my first full day back in…