Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff called for revoking the revised prayer written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and for a definitive end to negotiations with the Society of St. Pius X.Read more
God died so that we could live. That was the way that God chose for us to be able to live. We couldn’t live – we can’t live – by ourselves. By ourselves, all we can do is be born, and sin, and die. We can’t save ourselves. If we will live – and we will live – it is because, and only because, God died for us.Read more
Should the priest celebrant remove his chasuble and shoes to approach the Cross?Read more
“We must do everything possible so that the Church may never look like that complicated and cluttered castle described by Kafka…”Read more
In his book The Long Dark Winter’s Night: Reflections of a Priest in a Time of Pain and Privilege, Father Philip Bergquist, formerly of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Fairbanks, Alaska, uses the metaphor of living through the long Alaskan winter to describe his own struggles with the crisis gripping the Roman Catholic church over the sexual abuse committed by priests and the reactions of bishops to that abuse. Theologically, it is a liturgical treatise on Good Friday, filled with stories and reflections about how a Church Grieving meets its suffering Savior at the foot of the cross, “where heaven’s hope and humanity’s wounds meet.”Read more
“O pie pellicane!”Read more
“It is finished.”
The work of the Gospel is not finished until there is justice for people who have a different skin color or a different sexual orientation. The work of the Gospel is not finished until women are full partners in our Church and in our world.
–Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Good Friday
Here is a passage from Catherine de Vinck’s A Passion Play: A Drama for Several Voices that I thought would be especially enriching for our celebration of Good Friday.Read more
Fr. Dennis Smolarski, SJ, spots another oddity in the new translation of the Roman Missal. This one occurs on Good Friday.Read more
We thirst for clearer vision, to know the good, to see through the evil and harm that is ever present.