Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

“They made me a keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept.”

A thought for today from the “Office of Readings” (13 October, 2018)— ‘a homily on the Gospels by Pope St. Gregory the Great:” “…Look about you and see how full the world is of priests, yet in God’s harvest a

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine: the Proper Role of Shepherds

“Yet there are shepherds who want to have the title of shepherd without wanting to fulfill a pastor’s duties;” —St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermon on Pastors from The Office of Readings, 16 September, 2018 St. Augustine, as usual, had something

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Let’s Starve the Church?

“Because the story of Theodore McCarrick isn’t just a story about sexual abuse. It’s about institutions and power.” —Jonathan Last, The American Standard, 15 Sept. 2018. There is a fine article in The American Standard by Jonathan Last giving a

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

“Ex Opere Operato”
A Convert’s Reflection on Church Scandals

“…the sacraments …are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies…. This is the meaning of the Church’s affirmation49 that the

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For They Know What They Do  

    Priests, Pastors, Prelates, Perverts. Priests, Pastors, Prelates. Pederasts. Priests, Pastors, Prelates, Pharisees. Priests, Pastors, Prelates, Pedophiles. Priests, Pastors, Prelates, Prevaricators. Priests, Pastors, Prelates Predators. Priests, Pastors, Prelates, Personas Non Christi.

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Ben Butera

What Would Jesus Do…About Priestesses?

A former associate pastor at my parish once addressed a question about offering communion to anyone who would like to receive it by relating it to the question “What would Jesus do?” He said to consider a slightly different question;

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Jeremiahs or Jerks  ?

  In the last few weeks some things have happened that have stunned me – and caused me to think and rethink writing about and discussing what I see as a the devastating crisis in Jesus’s Church. A priest was

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Guy McClung

The Son, The Ordained Priest At The Cross

  Why, hanging on the Cross, did Jesus single out His mother and St. John and say, “Woman, behold your Son” ? Presented here is a theory, a possibility, an opinion that, just before He died on the Cross, when

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Words of Hope from St. Ambrose

Today, 7th December, is the feast day for St. Ambrose, the saint who led St. Augustine to the Church.  In the daily Office of Readings a letter of his was the second reading, and it offered words of hope for

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Male Priests Only; Can This Command of The Lord Be Disobeyed?

Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus commanded that only males were to receive His sacrament of Holy Orders – ordination as deacon, priest, and bishop. Before the first Pentecost, the birth day of His Church, Jesus commanded that only males,

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