Books for Christmas

Take a stand against the electronification of everything – give (real) books this Christmas. Some recommendations:

Cardinal Pell Found Guilty of Sex Abuse

In one of the most closely watched trials in modern Catholic Church history, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Melbourne Court.

Cleansed and Conformed To God’s Will

“Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted” has long been one of my favorite hymns. Its tune, taken from the 16th century Genevan Psalter, is eminently singable. The hymn text – when not corrupted by that politically correct scoundrel, “alt.,” – is even better. For Francis Bland Tucker’s lyrics put 21st-century congregations in touch with the second generation of Christians, and perhaps even the first, by combining various phrases from an ancient Christian prayer book and catechism, the Didache.

McClancy Grad Named Cubs Hitting Coach

Msgr. McClancy H.S. graduate Anthony Iapoce was recently named the hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs. The 45-year-old spent the past three seasons as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.

A Public Church, Not a Partisan Church

The temptation to ally the Church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble – politically, and more importantly, evangelically.