Sacred Liturgy Conference 2014

By Jon|October 5, 2014|Catholicism|

This weekend I attended a conference given by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on the Sacred Liturgy at my home parish, St. John Cantius. I have been visiting his blog off and on for a number of years and find his contributions lucid and full of common sense. If you haven’t yet, take a look: wdtprs.com. I want to give here my interpretation of what he said, summarized. “Fr. Z” explained the true nature

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Pontifical Academy of Latin Established

By Jon|November 14, 2012|Catholicism, Education, Higher Education, Language, Religion|

The long and short of it is that the Church's doctrine has always been available in many languages, even during its development in the Roman empire. However, the language which everything has been translated into and used as official was Latin. To not maintain knowledge of this, is to throw away the key to unlocking your past. Apostolic Letter given motu proprio LATINA LINGUA On the founding of a Pontifical Academy of the Latin

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Pope to U.S. Bishops: Your Authority Is Being Compromised

By Jon|May 5, 2012|Education, Higher Education|

Hot on the heels of Georgetown's slap in the face to the bishops (12 hours later), in an address to the bishops of regions X-XIII of the United States the Holy Father said the following: On the level of higher education, many of you have pointed to a growing recognition on the part of Catholic colleges and universities of the need to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their

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Benedict XVI Slams the “Enlightenment” on Easter 2012 and Endorses This Blog

By Jon|April 8, 2012|Education, Empirical Science, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

So maybe it wasn't an official endorsment but here's part of Pope Benedict XVI's Easter Vigil homily on 07 April 2012, where he hammers home an essential point: Photo from Daylife The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what

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“We must not remain silent before evil” Lent 2012 Message from the Holy Father

By Jon|February 22, 2012|News Commentary|

Comments andEmphasis 22 February 2012 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in

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Faith and Science’s Bridge: Philosophy

By Jon|January 26, 2012|Catholicism, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, News Commentary, Philosophy|

The importance of presenting a clear understanding of the relationship between faith and reason is becoming ever more important as there is more confusion, skepticism about knowledge and scientism than every before. The Holy Father is aware of this:  Pope Benedict Creates New Science And Faith Foundation (http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=24126) VATICAN CITY, January 19 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict XVI launched a new foundation at the Vatican aimed at building a “philosophical bridge”

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