The Church Is Not a Political Party

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On the eve of next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the seeming fascination on the part of much of what we might call the mainstream secular news media with the day-to-day doings of Pope Francis continues without abatement. The Holy Father made the international cover of Time this week, where he has been dubbed “The People’s …

Lumen Fidei

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis’ very first encyclical, which is meant to help highlight the Year of Faith which the Church is currently in the midst of celebrating, has been released today. It is called Lumen Fidei, or “the Light of Faith,” after the very first words of the document. This encyclical must certainly be considered unique because it has truly been co-written …

What Did the Pope Really Say?

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Year of Faith

If you believe The Huffington Post, the Holy Father preached the other day that atheists can all go to Heaven by doing good, never mind repentance, forgiveness, the Sacraments, or growth in faith. If you really think that the Holy Father preached that, I have some ocean front property on the top of Clingman’s Dome that I would love to sell you at …

The Power of Prayer

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis has recently called on us to pray in a courageous fashion, not just to tell people we are praying for them or to say a quick prayer and be done with it. Courageous and strong prayer of faith is what we need. Indeed, St. Paul reminds us to “pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The Holy Father held up …

Taking It To the Streets

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Vocations, Year of Faith

On Friday I discussed the New Evangelization and how we need to pray for an evangelizing spirit so that we are unafraid to proclaim the faith with charitable boldness in the way that Pope Francis seems to be calling on us to do. Are there any Catholic groups, especially organizations which are primarily lay ecclesial movements, that are actively witnessing …

Vatican II & Sacred Music

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Sacrosanctum Concilium proves its connection to true Catholic theology in how it addresses the issue of sacred music as falling into the category of “both/and”. Here are some words that struck me from the chapter of the document on sacred music. The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman liturgy. Therefore, other things being equal, it …

Liturgical Seasons

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Continuing with our journey through the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I would like to take a look at the liturgical year. We are just around the corner from the beginning of a new Church year that begins with the First Sunday of Advent. There are really several liturgical calendars in the Church that overlap one another and unless …

The Latin Mass

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Certainly one of the biggest changes that Catholics around the world saw as a result of the Second Vatican Council, was the rapid disappearance of Latin in the liturgy as it was replaced by the vernacular. There are a large group of the faithful today who prefer attending the Tridentine Rite which is celebrated in Latin. The documents of Vatican …

Full, Active and Conscious Participation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

One of the phrases heard often when speaking of the post conciliar liturgy is the call to “full, active and conscious participation”. The council fathers put it in these words, Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the …

Cardinal Rigali Speaks About Vatican II

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Bill Brewer, Media Director for the Diocese of Knoxville, recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Cardinal Justin Rigali about his experiences as a young priest at Vatican II. Cardinal Rigali vividly recalls 2,500 bishops from around the world filing into St. Peter’s Basilica in …

The Fantastic Four

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Coming to Sacred Heart Cathedral this fall…. The FANTASTIC FOUR Adult Faith Formation program! To inaugurate the Year of Faith, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the Diocesan Silver Jubilee, Sacred Heart will offer four Wednesday evenings of FOOD, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN.  Dinner will be served in the Eagle Café at 6:00pm, followed by a program …

Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Opening of the New Evangelization Synod

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Dear Brother Bishops, Dear brothers and sisters, With this solemn concelebration we open the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. This theme reflects a programmatic direction for the life of the Church, its members, families, its communities and institutions. And this outline is reinforced by …