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Recently there was some discussion on Facebook of how ashes should be placed on the head, with some folks thinking that the form of the cross is mandatory. It isn’t. There is no set form, and in some countries–like Italy–the norm is to sprinkle ashes on the top of the head. Today I ran across […]

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Ash Wednesday is upon us again! Here are 9 things you need to know and share . . .   1. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent). The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on […]

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1. What is Lent? According to the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar [.pdf]: 27. Lent [is a liturgical season that] is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the paschal mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian initiation, and the faithful, […]

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  It has been widely reported that, when he was still the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis washed the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Now he has done so as pope. Did he break the Church’s law? What does this event mean, and how can we […]

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January 1 is an important day in the Church’s liturgy. There is a lot that we commemorate on this day! What we are celebrating, and why we are celebrating it now, can be a little confusing. Here are nine things you should know . . .   1. What exactly are we celebrating on January 1? According […]

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Sometimes today you encounter stories that are truly jaw-dropping, like this one being reported by the Washington Post. Headlined, “The Crime of Circumcision,” it deals with a ruling issued by a judge in Germany that prohibits Jews from circumcizing their baby boys: A district judge in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that ritual circumcision is a crime, […]

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A reader writes: I usually attend the extraordinary form of the mass. But I couldn't make mass this Friday, when the epiphany was celebrated in the extraordinary form. Now if I go to the extraordinary form on Sunday, I will, in some way, be going to mass according to the requirements of the holydays in […]

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That’s what could happen on a legal theory articulated by the Obama administration—and the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court were quick to pick up on the fact. The case at hand involves a Lutheran minister, but the principles potentially apply to the issue of women’s ordination in the Catholic Church. Specifically, the case involves […]

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Or will your children or grandchildren? Before you scoff at the possibility, recognize that it has already been happening to people. The homosexual lobby is relentless and is not seeking tolerance. It is seeking coerced social approval of homosexual behavior. That includes forcing non-homosexuals to participate in homosexual “pride” celebrations. It happened right here in […]

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Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, has been ruled unconstitutionalby a judge in California. And the judge happened to be homosexual. Big shock, right? Oh, and the governor of the state of California—Arnold Schwarzenegger—and its attorney general—Jerry Brown—who are tasked with upholding the law […]

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