Sunday’s shifting solemnities

VATICAN CITY – Consistories for new cardinals are usually held on major feasts, and the most recent one had a lesson for the liturgical life of parishes.

Blessed John Paul II held six of his nine consistories on Petrine feasts — three for Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), two for the Chair of Peter (Feb. 22) and one for his silver jubilee as Successor of Peter in October 2003. Benedict held his first consistory in 2006 on the Feast of the Annunciation, and his next two on Christ the King in 2007 and 2010. This year he chose the Chair of Peter, the feast which highlights the role of Peter and his successors in authoritatively teaching the deposit of the faith. Continue reading

What contraception has wrought

In a departure from the usual fare over at Business Insider, a column appeared last week entitled: “Time to admit it: The Catholic Church has always been right on birth control.” Moral theology in the Business Insider?

Contraception was the hot topic in American politics these weeks, ever since the administration launched an egregious attack on religious liberty by mandating religious employers to purchase contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. According to U.S. President Barack Obama, if a Catholic soup kitchen serves a meal to a non-Catholic poor person, it ceases to be a Catholic agency, and so must pay for the dishwasher’s morning-after pill. Continue reading