Bridgeport: The Best Vaccine Mandate Instruction Yet

On Patheos, I noted this diocese did a good job. Various dioceses have issued statements about vaccine mandates that seem contradictory. I think many of the others have missed one side or the other of a two-part reality. First, the Church thinks vaccines should be voluntary and supports conscience exemptions. Second, there is no reason for a Catholic religious exemption […]

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“Distractions” and Priestly Fidelity

One line in the USCCB statement on Msgr. Burril’s resignation made me wonder, so I wrote something. One line from the USCCB’s statement on Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill’s resignation has bothered me: they state he is resigning “in order to avoid becoming a distraction.” Fidelity to your priestly vows seems much more than a “distraction”: it’s an important aspect of being a priest […]

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Who is Weaponizing the Eucharist? Politicians, Not Bishops

Some recent events and comments made me write this: Recently concerns have arisen over the bishops following historical pastoral practice and insisting that people repent before the Eucharist. Those who insist on going to Communion when they know they should not are trying to weaponize the Eucharist for their goals. The bishops are not weaponizing the Eucharist. I explain below […]

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