30 06, 2017

10 Years After Summorum Pontificum

By |2021-04-07T14:40:07+00:00June 30th, 2017|Theology|

Ten years ago this week, Pope Benedict XVi issued an apostolic letter called Summorum Pontificum that decreed that all Roman Catholic priests could offer "the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite," also known as "the Traditional Latin Mass" that preceded Vatican II.  In fact, Pope John Paul II had encouraged bishops to allow their priests to do this, but Pope Benedict went a step further in saying that priests did not need permission from their bishop to do the old Mass in private.  Restrictions were to be loosened for this Mass offered in public, too.  The Roman Catholic priest was also given permission to give the old absolution in Latin [...]

27 06, 2017

The Over-Intellectualization of the Catholic Faith

By |2017-06-28T14:35:31+00:00June 27th, 2017|Theology|

I have only been a priest for seven years. About halfway through that period, I switched from the Novus Ordo to the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments. It was also during this time that I stopped saying a line that I was famous for in seminary: “We do not have a crisis of sacraments. We have a crisis of catechesis.” I used to say this because I knew how many people received Holy Communion in this country without knowing Who they were receiving. In fact, I put my money where my mouth was:  As a young priest, I taught a Eucharistic class just off-campus of Colorado State University, a school [...]

11 06, 2017

Trinity Sunday

By |2019-04-05T16:07:10+00:00June 11th, 2017|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Life is a pilgrimage that starts with the Trinity and ends with the Trinity.  We'll consider the exitus-reditus of St. Thomas Aquinas in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Nota Bene:  Although removed in the 1971 Liturgy of the Hours, the Athansian Creed was in every Roman Breviary for hundreds of years.  Here is a good English translation of that supreme confession of the faith in the Trinity: Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity [...]

4 06, 2017

Mary’s Role in Pentecost

By |2019-04-05T16:07:26+00:00June 4th, 2017|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Covered in this podcast is a wide range of Catholic issues, from the first Pentecost to the charismatic movement today, to St. Maximilian Kolbe. We’ll especially consider Mary’s role against demons and the syllabus of errors in modern times. Special thanks again to the Benedictine Nuns of Mary Queen of Apostles for allowing me to use their music as the bumpers to my iTunes sermons and podcasts.

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