On November 23, a judge who describes herself as “Catholic” and a lesbian who is “married” to another woman was called and privately informed by her parish priest, Fr. Nolan, that she was not to present herself for Communion.  When she presented herself, she was denied. She then went to confession, publicly rebuked her lifestyle, and reconciled herself to the Church….

No, she called the local television station.  According to Wood TV, she is “lifelong Catholic”, “a beloved judge” who “comes from a family of prominent community members”, a victim of a “public shunning”. who “has made it clear that gay people are not welcome”.  The report also describes the decision to deny communion as “{Fr. Nolan’s] new rule”, as if he just made it up on the spot.Continue Reading

The Heart of the Matter

These brief essays may or may not describe the church you are in. 

They may or may not describe the persons sitting next to you in the pew. 

They may or may not describe the persons living in your home. 

They may or may not describe the person occupying your own shoes.

But we can assure you, the symptoms revealed in these essays exist in many churches… far too many churches.  And the causes are not something that can be easily dismissed.Continue Reading

In his homily, Archbishop Blair reflected on the day’s memorial of St. Charles Borromeo and read a description of the saint by Bishop Antonio Seneca of Anagni, Italy, who had lived in the same house with him.

St. Charles, the archbishop read, was “vigilant in rooting out vice, benevolent in correction, just in judgment, loving in punishment, patient of human weakness, quick to avenge disobedience, his justice was united with kindness, his severity with gentleness and peace. He was a diligent guardian of wholesome discipline both in priests and people.”

Archbishop Blair said that the Italian bishop’s description of the saint “took place in a church that had seemed to be failing, really failing.”Continue Reading

The Liturgy is sacred and sacramental.  It is also a public, communal celebration in accordance with the entire Church, a “sacrament of unity”.  It is not a private act of the priest in which he is the celebrant and we are merely observers. We are active participants in the Mass. When abuses occur, everyone – the priest, the congregation, and the entire unity of the Church – is harmed.Continue Reading