Earlier this week, the Holy Father met Philomena Lee, who as a young girl was forced to give up her child born out of wedlock by an order of grumpy old Irish nuns, and whose life was portrayed by Dame Judi Densch in the Oscar-nominated movie that bears her name.
Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of True Believers lately:
• In an account somewhat related to the above, a woman who bore a child out of wedlock was fired from her teaching job at a Catholic school, ostensibly for violating her contract. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about many things in life. Deacon Greg Kandra describes the other one. (As this is published, no word regarding lowering the boom on the child's father.) [The Deacon's Bench]
• Speaking of a right AND wrong way to do something, we see that a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic diocese in Canada wants to introduce the Kiss of Peace to the faithful in the Divine Liturgy. (Remember what we said: right way, wrong way.) [Edmonton Eparchy]
• Our favorite Patheos potty-mouth is at it again, because if there's one way to bring a point home about preventing the sacraments from becoming mere rites of passage, it's to drop the bomb (at the bottom of the page) on the parents responsible. Content warning. [The Crescat]
• Meanwhile, elsewhere on Patheos, Leah Libresco reports on ... oh, never mind that. Why does anything described as “a modest proposal” end up being anything but modest? [Unequally Yoked]
• What do you do when you are the last bastion of defense for Catholic Tradition, and attacking the Pope gets tiresome? You lend a platform to someone who attacks one of the great Catholic novelists of the last century, while claiming that he doesn't actually speak for you. (Yoda says: "Clever, that last part it is.") [Rorate Caeli]
• We recently reported on the Pope making the cover of Rolling Stone. In the accompanying cover story, they may have gotten a few things wrong. Nine, to be exact. [The Week]
• Finally, for those of you who are convinced that Michael Voris is some sort of lackey for the über-trads, we can put that to rest, with proof to the contrary from last fall, as he depicts the Rosary as having twenty mysteries. Of course, we all know better, don't we? [man with black hat]
Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.