Before we continue our usual Thursday evening feature, here is a video of a parish in Germany conducting that venerable tradition as prelude to the Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday, known as The March of the Wooden Chairs. Meanwhile, we've got some catching up to do, and so ...
Here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of Believers lately:
• In a related story, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi feels strangely at home following the example of Pope Francis by washing the feet of Episcopalians. [Standing On My Head]
• Steve Skojec is outraged that “Pope Francis called an Argentine woman married to a divorced man and reportedly told her that she could receive the sacrament of Communion, according to the woman’s husband.” After all, when I want the straight skinny on what's happening inside the Vatican ... oh yeah, I'm gonna watch CNN. [Steve Skojec]
• The priest in Ireland who sang an adaptation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at a couple's wedding, explains his sudden popularity, and (whether he admits it or not) why the wedding really was all about him. [link]
• The truth is out, you cannot offend Matthew Archbold so easily, not like everybody else out there for whom the new media has made them so prickly at the slightest prospect of disagreement. (I'm also no longer offended because he stopped answering my emails after I helped to catapult him and his brother to fame. C'est la vie.) [NCRegister]
• Ms Brinkman reports on the "outing" of the alleged visionary known as “Maria Divine Mercy” ... [Women of Grace]
• ... but at least now we know who she really is. [Midway Street]
• Father Martin Fox of Cincinnati reports on the teachers at a local parish school, who are so pissed that they have to abide by the teaching of the institution where they, uh, teach, that they want to school the Archbishop, who ends up schooling them. [Bonfire of the Vanities]
• Speaking of getting schooled, Father Ted Martin wants to help couples who cohabitate before marriage by trying the iron-fist-in-velvet-glove approach. He fails to mention what you do if there are no family with whom to live separately during the pre-Cana phase, or what to do if one of the parties cannot get out of their lease without paying through the nose. And what if they really cannot keep their hands off one another, or cannot always have a chaperone on duty when they have to talk about what course to serve at the reception? Not so simple, is it, Padre? [Homiletic and Pastoral Review]
• Finally, we take a look inside the world of those who attend Mass in the wee small hours of the morning. [Aleteia]
Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next weekly chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.