Category Archives: Catholic Church

Marriage and Ordained Ministers in the Catholic Church

A reader has a question,  “What is a Deacon? I thought Catholics had priests who are not married”. I am going to answer this in two posts. First there are three degrees of Holy Orders in the Catholic Church, bishop, … Continue reading

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Bad Catholic Takes Down “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”

Marc Barnes, The Bad Catholic, does an excellent job of taking apart the misguided sentiment and illogical arguments contained in this video, Why I hate Religion, But Love Jesus (H/T The Anchoress). Excerpt: “So onto the first bit of silliness … Continue reading

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Baby Got Book?

Dr. Tom Neal is the director of the St. Joseph’s Educational Center for the Diocese of Des Moines. He is a theologian and a gifted teacher. I always take something profound from his talks even when I know the subject … Continue reading

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Mass on a Mountain

Oh boy. I really have to get into a blog (reading and posting) routine. Our pastor is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and I missed a picture on the Diocese of Des Moines Facebook page. But Deacon Greg is, as always, on … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception

The New Theological Movement ponders the question, Was Jesus Immaculately conceived, in order to explain the Immaculate Conception of Mary: Was Jesus immaculately conceived?  The dogma of the Immaculate Conception refers, as we know, to the blessed Virgin Mother of … Continue reading

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Catholic Diocese of Orange Buys Crystal Cathedral for $57.5 Million

Oh my. Why? I don’t think this ugly monstrosity can possibly be “flipped to resemble anything like a Catholic holy space. Deacon Greg has the details: “In the end, 2,000 years of tradition carried the day. An Orange County bankruptcy … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church of Saints and Sinners

Fr. Dwight Longenecker loves the Catholic Church, and I love his post. That is why I am posting the whole thing. “What I love about the Catholic Church is that it’s history reads like the Old Testament, and that feels … Continue reading

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Pray for Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Pavone is being placed on restriction. From the Anchoress: Father Frank Pavone, one of the country’s most visible and vocal opponents of abortion, has been suspended from active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, over financial questions about … Continue reading

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Bishop Pates Responds to Des Moines Register

If you follow this blog, you might remember this post. A  colomnist for our local paper wrote an opinion piece criticizing Dowling Catholic High School for not wanting to honor a Planned Parenthood supporter and one time board member. Our … Continue reading

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the birth of Mary. H/T Deacon Greg: “This radiant and manifest coming of God to men most certainly needed a joyful prelude to introduce the great gift of salvation to us. The present festival, the birth of … Continue reading

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