Catholic Views

Our American Catholic Rubicon

By Robert Royal, Catholic Thing, June 21, 2021 Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. bishops (166-58) voted Friday to prepare a document about Catholics receiving Holy Communion. The draft will then be debated and voted on at their annual November meeting. The bishops’ conference doesn’t have... read more

Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite

Covid restrictions seem less onerous from the standpoint of ‘expressive individualism,’ which defines the self in terms of ‘its will and not its body.’ By Barton Swaim, WSJ, June 18, 2021 South Bend, Ind. A marvelous review in these pages last November inspired me to read a new... read more

A Father’s Day Story

By Kevin Wells, Crisis, June 20, 2021The fresh-faced American priest stood there like Ichabod Crane: startled and fence-post skinny inside a wind-whipped cassock, his sharp, dominant nose seemingly pointing out to the ruination before him. Squatters with blank stares picked through hills of... read more

A Tale of Two Homilies

By Shaun Powell, One Peter Five, June 18, 2021 “In the seminary we were taught that our homilies should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Recently out of work, I sat in the pew, worried about how I was going to provide for my family.  An unknown virus was making... read more

Of McCarrick, Jesuits, and Summorum Pontificum

By Dr. Lee Fratantuono, One Peter Five, June 9, 2021 It was a Saturday afternoon in summer. It was bright and sunny. It was a “Saturday vigil” Mass for some green Sunday or other. I was twelve. The celebrant was the diocesan bishop, Theodore McCarrick. He was doing a parish visit. My... read more

When Marriage Becomes a Private Matter

My Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse (Witherspoon Institute), June 17, 2021 My marriage is an entity with ramifications and consequences that echo outside our home. The same is true in reverse: what happens in other marriages can affect ours. A marriage needs friends, and it can likewise supply... read more

COVID Catholicism: An After-Action Review

By Amator Ecclesiae, Crisis, June 16, 2021 (The laity) are, by reason of the knowledge, competence or outstanding ability which they may enjoy, permitted and sometimes even obliged to express their opinion on those things which concern the good of the Church.—Lumen Gentium, #37 It is a sad... read more

Conservatism’s Inevitable Conversion to Catholicism

By Jessica Kramer, Crisis, June 16, 2021 If Catholicism, in the end, managed to elude the political hatred it engenders, I have almost no doubt that this same spirit of the age which seems so opposed to it would become supportive and that it would suddenly achieve extensive conquests. —Alexis... read more

Of Scorpions, Frogs, and Politics

By Deacon James Tomer, One Peter Five, June 14, 2021 “But my people would not listen to me . . . . So I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wished” (Psalm 81:11-12; cf. Romans 1:24-25). One version of a famous fable is this:  A scorpion asked a frog for... read more

Book Review: Deadly Indifference: How the Church Lost Her Mission, and How We Can Reclaim It

By Dan Millette, One Peter Five, June 1, 2021 Deadly Indifference: How the Church Lost Her Mission, and How We Can Reclaim It(Amazon; Sophia Press)Eric SammonsCrisis Publications304 pages$18.95 Paperback; $9.99 eBook “Just shut up and stick to reviewing the book,” I remind myself... read more

A Third Father James and the Illusion of a Third Way

By Barbara J. Farrah, Crisis, June 15, 2021 Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s recent Crisis article, “The Tale of Two Fr. Jameses,” warrants a revisit in light of the emergence to the national stage of a third Father James, Fr. James Parker of the Rockford, Illinois, diocese. In his... read more


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