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Candlemas: The Feast of Light and Hope by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Jan 28, 2022)

From the Archives, originally published in 2014: On February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, forty days after Christmas. In the 1962 calendar the feast is called the “Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary” and commonly referred to as Candlemas....

Rejoice, the Lord is Near! Gaudete Sunday, Ember Days and O Antiphons by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Dec 10, 2021)

Originally published December 2014. See my post from 2013, O Come!! The O Antiphons for further reflection on the O Antiphons. The Advent liturgy is so rich, varied and beautiful. Every time the liturgical cycle repeats, it is another opportunity to enter more deeply into the Church’s...

Who denies the Novus Ordo is valid? Prepare for a surprise. by Phil Lawler (From Dec 20, 2021)

In its stunning new document increasing restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass, the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW) charges that many traditionalist Catholics do not recognize the validity of the Novus Ordo liturgy. Therefore, we are told, adherence to the traditional liturgy poses a...

Anticipating Christmas, Beginning with Saint Andrew and the Immaculate Conception by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Nov 29, 2021)

From the archives, originally published November 29, 2016: November 30 is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and also the pivotal date for the beginning of Advent, starting the Sunday closest to November 30 Also on November 30 starts the tradition to begin two traditional novenas: 1) the

Liturgical Year Volume 2 Released: Ordinary Time before Lent by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Jan 10, 2022)

The second volume of our ebook series for the 2021-2022 liturgical year has been released in our ebooks download area. This volume covers the initial period of Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent, from January 10th through March 2nd. It may be downloaded free of charge in the following...

The backward logic of Traditionis Custodes by Phil Lawler (From Jan 7, 2022)

Insofar as Traditionis Custodes provides any explanation for its open hostility toward Catholic traditionalists, that explanation lies in the claim that traditionalist communities have caused divisions within the Church. Therefore, Pope Francis suggests (and the Congregation for Divine Worship...

Now Available: Liturgical Year Ebook for Ordinary Time after Easter by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From May 30, 2022)

We have just released the fifth volume in the 2021-2022 Liturgical Year series of ebooks. Volume five covers the first half of the long stretch of Ordinary Time between the close of the Easter Season on Pentecost and the beginning of Advent. Like all CatholicCulture.org ebooks, this volume is...

Pope’s rebuke to Americans; prospects for the conclave by Phil Lawler (From May 30, 2022)

What message did Pope Francis send to the American Church by naming Bishop Robert McElroy to the College of Cardinals? How will his latest choices shape the prospects for the next papal conclave? Which other choices deserve a second look, and which prelates were conspicuously absent from the...

How the Papal Pelosi Scandal Affects Priests by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky (From Jul 5, 2022)

Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led...

Easter volume released: Free ebook by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From Apr 7, 2022)

Easter falls on April 17th this year, and so the Easter volume of our ebook series for the 2021-22 liturgical year has been released in our ebooks download area: Easter. This fourth volume in the annual series covers the entire Easter season, from the Easter Vigil (April 16th) through Pentecost...