Monthly Archives: July 2011

What did the Cloyne Report Really Say?

In all of the media furore it has been difficult to discern what it was that the Cloyne report actually said. The Thirsty Gargoyle has a very helpful summary if the report and the responses to it:


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31st July 2011 – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

In Matthew’s account of the feeding of the multitude, Jesus is moved with compassion to heal the people (v. 14). In Mark he is moved to teach them (Mark 6:34). Both aspects are important. The Lord loves us and wants … Continue reading

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Founder of the Society of Jesus, Confessor—1491-1556 Feast: July 31 St. Ignatius of Loyola, with his new and dynamic conception of the religious life, has left an impress on the Church unparalleled in modern times. The founder of the Society … Continue reading

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Caravaggio from the Vatican now on display at the Prado in Madrid for World Youth Day

Caravaggio from the Vatican now on display at the Prado in Madrid July 27, 2011. ( In a first for the world of art, ‘The Descent’ by Caravaggio is visiting Spain. The Vatican Museums have loaned the painting to the … Continue reading

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VATICAN CITY, 28 JUL 2011 (VIS) – Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of January to July 2011. JANUARY 14: Benedict XVI authorises the Congregation for the Causes of … Continue reading

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Spanish cardinal recommends that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue

“It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,” the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an … Continue reading

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St. Martha – July 29th 2011

Today is the Feast of St. Martha. I doubt there are few women in the world who, at one time or another have not felt Martha’s pain, when dealing with the demands most of us have in caring for our families or demanding … Continue reading

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Time for penitence

There is a powerful editorial in the Irish Catholic. It looks at a church that it says was unique to Ireland, and is now firmly in the past where it belongs. ‘‘Le catholicisme du type Irlandais” in many ways betrayed … Continue reading

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Vatican Cardinal: Divine judgment will fall on priests who do not oppose abortion,and homosexuality ( – Cardinal Robert Sarah is warning that priests who fail in their duty to oppose the breakdown of morality in modern society, particularly pro-abortion and anti-family policies, will receive the condemnation of God. In a sermon delivered on … Continue reading

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St Simon Stock and the brown scapular

I’ve been reading up on apparitions of Our Lady, and came across the story of the brown scapular, given in the thirteenth century to St Simon Stock of England.

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Perpetual Adoration planned for Olympic Games

From: The Catholic Herald: By David V Barrett on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London (Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire) Twenty-four hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in St Francis of Assisi’s church, … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas Owen

I recently visited a beautiful  moated Elizabethan house in the Worcestershire countryside. This house is however, very spectacular. This  moated manor was during penal times  a recusant household belonging to the Pakington family. Its name – Harvington Hall. It is now … Continue reading

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Documents Reveal Pius XII Saved 11,000 Roman Jews

Pave the Way Foundation Announces Findings By Jesús Colina ROME, JULY  2011 ( The direct action of Pope Pius XII saved the lives of more than 11,000 Jews in Rome during the Second World War, according to documentation recently discovered … Continue reading

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Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Our Blessed Lady.

Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary Old Calendar: St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary   It was in the home of Joachim and Ann where the Virgin Mary received her training to be the Mother … Continue reading

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St. James the Greater and the Camino,

Today, the Church commemorates St. James the Greater, the saint after whom the famous pilgrimage through the mountains of Spain, the “Way of Saint James” or  “Santiago de Compostela,” is named. Father Steve explains the history of this particular saint … Continue reading

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