Counting Collars

Between the recent CARA study on newly professed women religious and data from the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, there seems to be strong indications of positive growth of vocations in the universal Church. Zenit reports a steady increase in priestly vocations over the past decade, with a 4% increase of diocesan priests and the number of religious […]

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Champions in Black and White

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has put together a pretty snazzy vocations Web site, pghpriest.com. They definitely know their audience. Case in point: Knowing that most Pittsburghers are die-hard Steelers fans, the tagline at the bottom of the home page reads, “In a city that bleeds black and gold, we need champions to wear the black […]

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Sheep and Goats

In recent years I’ve spilled perhaps an inordinate amount of ink on the Holy Thursday foot-washing rite, which surely has been the cause of some controversy in recent years. At the same time, though, the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper has never ceased to be one of my favorite liturgies of the year, […]

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Liturgical Upgrades

For many years I have listened to the concerns of lay people who have been dissatisfied with the way Mass has been celebrated in their parish. Of course these concerns cover the broadest range of issues, from serious liturgical abuses to matters of mere personal preference. The more serious concerns were addressed by the Vatican’s liturgy office a […]

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A True Shepherd

We all too often hear about lapses and failures of our bishops in the United States, especially in the areas of leadership and catechesis. Today I was heartened and inspired as I read a letter written by Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis to the faithful under his care. The subject is the so-called ordination […]

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