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Parish disagreements aren’t usually dangerous. But when an unconventional liturgist challenges the status quo, even murder is possible — at least in a play seminarians at the St. Paul Seminary are producing this month.
The Roman soldiers, who among their other acts of violence against Jesus placed a crown of thorns on his head, were correct about one thing: He is a king. This painful irony is not lost on us, especially when we pray the third sorrowful mystery of the rosary.
Minnesota Catholic Conference staff is often asked to describe a typical day at the office. Though every day is different, we are blessed that it is only the rare occasion on which MCC’s policy team spends the whole day behind a desk. This is how it should be, because public policy advocacy requires an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of relationship building —which is not much different from the dynamics of those who work in sales.
The following Q-and-A with Father John Bauer and Marilou Eldred, co-chairs of the 2014-2015 Strategic Planning Task Force, addresses the status of the strategic planning process, challenges and opportunities parishes currently face, and the timeline for recommendations.
Q. I am currently incarcerated in federal prison. My question may seem strange, but I am wondering whether it would ever be possible for an ex-convict, a felon, to be accepted into holy orders.
Q. I attended Catholic schools for 12 years and remember most of my catechism lessons. There is one thing, though, that bothers me. After receiving Communion, I often notice people returning to their pews while visibly chewing the host. I always thought — in fact, I think I was taught this — that you should either let the host dissolve in your mouth as a sign of reverence or swallow it quickly. Please explain.
On a recent Tuesday, Father Michael Tix walked through the quiet hallways of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Savage, greeting students by name between periods and talking with teachers during the lunch hour.
A three-part series on the three basic pillars of Lent: almsgiving, fasting and prayer. In honor of the Year of Consecrated Life, each feature will include members of religious communities who are deeply living out these spiritual practices all year long.