By Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald - In my parish, we have the enormous privilege of being able to attend Mass almost every morning. Because it is so regular we often tend to forget what a privilege this is, and even take it for granted. Sometimes you have to be jolted out of your comfort zone to remember that Mass, the “source and summit of the Christian life”, is denied to millions of Catholics
By Fr Raymond de Souza, Catholic Herald - Over the past 10 years, this has been interpreted in EF circles in a mostly unilateral way: the OF ought to adapt the practices of the EF. Cardinal Sarah is certainly in favour of this – he has argued in the past for ad orientem celebration of the OF, greater use of Latin, and more periods of silence, including some of the priestly prayers.
By Pete Spiliakos, First Things - The Republicans control the presidency and have majorities in both houses of Congress, but this unified GOP government will likely neither repeal, replace, nor even much reform Obamacare. We might end up with a law that improves healthcare policy—but it would take a miracle. Why is it proving so difficult for Republicans to agree on what to do?
By John Zmirak, a Senior Editor of The Stream - Every week it seems that a new pastor or prominent Christian adopts the LGBT party line. Some are bending like reeds in the wind. They’re convinced that the gale of the Zeitgeist is the breath of the Holy Spirit. Some are indulging in misguided compassion. It’s what the saintly Mother Angelica called the “reigning sin of our age.”