Category Religion

What a moron.

Being a member of the clergy does not prevent you from being an idiot: “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: […]

Letter to my 15 year old self

Sooner or later every blogger falls into the “letters to my younger self” genera. Some are quite serious, others tongue-in-cheek. I figured I would give it a whirl. First let’s put on some Violent Femmes to set the teen-angst mood. Hit play: Ok, here goes… LETTER TO MY FIFTEEN YEAR OLD SELF Dear David, Well, […]

Liturgy and Capitalism

In my last post I mentioned that contemporary Catholic liturgy is somewhat disfigured by secular paradigms, today I’ll explain some more: we live in a capitalist culture which unconsciously shapes how we worship. Two examples: applause and announcements. About 15 years ago I attended Mass in a wealthy suburb of New Haven. The priest liked […]

Ritual and Community

I think I am going to expand on some of yesterday’s rant and make it into a little series. I don’t think I am saying anything new, but it is important to me. After yesterday’s post I should be clear that I have no issues with the current Mass as written. Certainly there are endearing […]

Rants and Reflections on the Liturgy

Today I attended a Tridentine Mass that is offered about half an hour from where I live. I never had any desire to attend one before moving to the North Shore but the liturgical music I’ve heard up here is wretched. Apparently no Catholics in North Eastern Massachusetts can manage to learn the organ so […]

Back to the Historical Jesus

So to celebrate Christmas the Washington Post tweeted an old article challenging the existence of Jesus. It is outrage inducing click-bait, and I’m ashamed to admit I fell into the trap. Really, atheist trolls are  nothing to be mad about. The article was nevertheless absurd, arguing that since there is no evidence for Jesus outside […]

Keep Man in Christmas!

I’m spending Christmas at my mother’s house. As we ate Christmas Eve dinner an old Perry Cuomo Christmas Special played in the background. After a bunch of winter and Santa Claus songs, ol’ Perry led a huge Christmas pageant complete with shepherds and angels and sheep and cows. Mom said “I think I’ve seen every […]