Sistine Chapel in 360

This is neat. View the Sistine Chapel in 360 degrees online, courtesy of the Vatican Museums. To navigate, hold your mouse button down and point in the direction you want to look. You can also zoom in and out. There’s some lovely music playing as you view the chapel’s interior, but I have to wonder […]

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Are Children’s Masses Appropriate?

According to a recent Catholic World News story, the “Vatican intends to remove the Eucharistic Prayers for Children from the authorized prayers of the Roman Missal.”  The article continues: Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, the chairman of the US bishops’ liturgy committee, has disclosed the Vatican plans in a letter to the American bishops. […]

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Let’s Be Catholic

Today’s Catholics are called to be leaven in the new millennium. This is a tremendous challenge, as the richness of our Catholic faith isn’t reducible to mere soundbytes, and timeless Christian wisdom is often portrayed today as simply one voice among many or as the “spin” of the religious right. This all points to the […]

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Pacifism Is Hell

The documents of Vatican II frequently refer to the Church on earth as the “pilgrim Church.” This image emphasizes the truth that we are a people who are on a journey to our true home. We need the supernatural virtue of hope–the virtue of the pilgrim–to remain faithful to the Lord, trusting in His infinite […]

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Love for the Church

Nearly 50 years ago, Blessed John XIII issued an encyclical letter entitled Mater et Magistra, or “Mother and Teacher,” on Christianity and social progress. The words “Mother” and “Teacher” were aptly used by the Holy Father to describe the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ. Certainly the Church is our Teacher, and the Church’s teaching […]

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