Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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Feast for the senses: The Vatican Cookbook

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13 novembre 2013 Citta’ del Vaticano – Piazza San Pietro Udienza Generale.

VC - frutti di mareThe Vatican Cookbook: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican is the brainchild of the Swiss Guard, which for centuries has protected popes. Co-author Thomas French walks us through it. Above, guard David Geisser in the famous ceremonial garb; below, Spaghetti Frutti di Mare. A portion of the proceeds of book sales supports One Human Family, Food for All, a campaign of Catholic Relief Services dedicated to ending world hunger.


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Champions of female deacon movement celebrate Pope Francis’ surprise move

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Schenk head shot2Sister Christine Schenk is a founder of FutureChurch, which seeks the ordination of women as deacons and priests, and the acceptance of men who left the priesthood to marry. She writes the column “Simply Spirit” for the National Catholic Reporter. For 25 years, she has worked to resurrect the early Church practice of ordaining women as deacons. Read one of her columns here:

Phyllis ZaganoHofstra University Professor Phyllis Zagano is the acknowledged mother of the female diaconate movement Among her many works is the newly published Women Deacons? Essays with Answers. Since there is  no disputing that women served as deacons for 1,000 years, the issue, she says, is whether the Church “can withstand the sight of a woman in a dalmatic” (a deacon’s vestment) serving at Mass.

Dr. Zagano offers the following links.



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Wisdom from the East: two Tibetan Buddhist masters to visit

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RinpochePalomaTibetan Buddhist teacher Khentrul Rinpoche and his translator Paloma Lopez Landry, of a retreat center in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas …

Rinpoche's teacher…and Rinpoche’s own teacher Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro, visiting from Tibet, will lead a retreat in Connecticut this weekend. The public is welcome to attend a public talk from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and any other session at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.

Email or call Kathleen Hayes at 203-641-3563.