In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the Sacrament of Confession. With about 20,000 people in Saint Peter's Square, the Pope encouraged Catholics to embrace the Sacrament. His Holiness ends his address by giving the Pontifical Blessing -- in Latin. Film at eleven. (Video from Rome Reports.)
Meanwhile, here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of Believers lately:
• From the University of New Mexico, we see that the Archbishop of Albuquerque is replacing the Dominicans at the Newman Center with archdiocesan priests, with one longtime parishioner claiming that His Excellency considered the parish "insufficiently doctrinaire," and (falsely) that parishioners were not consulted. In any negotiation, even the aggrieved party must bring something to the table -- in this case, starting with a clue. [National Catholic Reporter]
• Caleb Alexander (no relation, probably) talks about marriage and growing in love. She does not talk about a little thing called “defect of intention.” Neither does anyone else (ahem!) on the Patheos Catholic Channel. (Okay, boys and girls, let's see if YOU can find it.) [Barefoot and Pregnant]
• Owww! Another anonymous expert comes out of the woodwork. "The Timman" informs us that women are still required under Church law to have their heads covered at Mass. At least three canonists beg to differ, but he's got citations out the yin yang. Sorry, Timmy, you left out something called a “sound premise,” unless the Church has lost her authority "to bind and to loose." Better luck next time. [St Louis Catholic]
• Here we have a message for all you young people out there discerning the prospect of a married vocation (a polite term for being "on the make"), in the form of dating advice from the Archbishop of Denver. Not as bad as one might expect. [Denver Catholic Register]
• Finally, there's been a lot of coverage, both in the Catholic press and blogosphere, on one issue in particular. And while an examination thereof is beyond the scope of this piece, here's an idea that just may eventually come in handy. But hey, who are we to judge? [That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill]
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.