Tag Archives: Archdiocese of Washington. Mgr.Charles Pope

Denial of Communion requires discretion.

The controversy regarding the denial of Holy Communion to a Lesbian in an openly homosexual relationship rumbles on. Little has been said in the reports I have seen about receiving the Blessed Sacrament unworthily yet it behoves us all, at … Continue reading

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On the Sad End of Solomon – A Moral Lesson for Us All

by Mgr. Charles Pope The readings at daily Mass currently focus on the kingship of Solomon. Perhaps the high point of his life was, when presented the opportunity to ask anything whatsoever from God chose not gold or glory, but … Continue reading

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To Love God is a Gift that is Received, not Achieved

By: Msgr. Charles Pope More often than not, the average Catholic thinks of the Commandments and the Christian moral life, as well as the spiritual life as a task, or list of tasks they must accomplish out of their own … Continue reading

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Neither shall you tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” A Brief Rant on Tattoos

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Sometimes I admit to feeling very old. I am only 50, but I find myself horrified by so many cultural trends. High on my list are the freakish (according to me) “body art” trends which involve … Continue reading

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Best Advent Hymn

By: Msgr. Charles Pope I have published on this Hymn before but want to post on it again at the beginning of Advent in hopes that a few of you who have the influence and ability may see that this … Continue reading

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A Friend of the World is an Enemy to God. A Consideration of St Cyprian’s Teaching against the Fear of Death

by: Msgr. Charles Pope As November has ended, and the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgement, heaven and hell), A classic meditation of St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on a fundamental … Continue reading

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Somtimes It’s the Little Things that are the Greatest Things – A Meditation on a Quote From St Augustine

By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin and then my own translation: Quod Minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est. (St. … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to Fear the Lord?

By: Msgr. Charles Pope To modern ears the word “fear” is almost wholly negative. We usually associate it with threat or perhaps with some negative experience like pending punishment or diminishment. And yet, over and over, the Scriptures lift up … Continue reading

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Sing the Dies Irae at My Funeral – A Meditation on a Lost Treasure

by Mgr. Charles Pope This week, for All Souls Day, I was given the grace to celebrate a Funeral (Walter Gallie, R.I.P.) in the Traditional Latin Form of the Mass. Referred to as a Requiem Mass, (Requiem means “rest” in Latin), … Continue reading

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But worldly sorrow brings death…” On Distinguishing a Good and Healthy Guilt From Morbid and Harmful Guilt.

By: Msgr. Charles Pope On of the trickier terrains to navigate in the moral world is the experience of guilt. Guilt is understood here as a kind of sorrow for sin. On the one hand there is an appropriate sorrow … Continue reading

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Even Demons Believe and Tremble – A Story about the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

Another truly inspiring post by Mgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington. By: Msgr. Charles Pope It was almost 15 years ago. I was At Old St. Mary’s here in D.C. celebrating Mass in the Latin (Extraordinary Form). It … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy Is In the Balance

By: Msgr. Charles Pope As you may be aware heresy is not usually or simply the teaching of error or falsehood. What heresy more often involves is the teaching of one (or several) truths out of balance or proportion to … Continue reading

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Meditation on Pope Leo Xlll’s Encyclical on the Most Holy Rosary.

An insightful analysis by Pope Leo XIII of three trends that both alarmed him and pointed to future problems. Pope Leo Xlll wrote of these three concerns in 1893 in the Encyclical on the Holy Rosary entitled Laetitiae Sanctae (Of Holy … Continue reading

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Finding Wisdom in an Old Hymn.

By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the great yet largely unknown hymns of the Church is Take My Life, and Let it Be. It was written by Frances R. Havergal, in February of 1874 and speaks of the Christian’s total … Continue reading

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