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Pandemic Policy: Singing Banned in CA, Catholic Victory in NY

While California officials applaud public protests involving tens of thousands of not exactly COVID-mindful individuals, the same officials have informed “houses of worship” that due to the risk of spreading the virus their members are banned from singing or chanting. With masks? Without masks? With no-contact thermometer checkpoints in place or without? Are we still…

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The Kitsch Council

Back in 1994, my inquiry into the claims of the Catholic Church took a decisive turn. I transitioned from reading books in the safety of my own home to visiting actual parishes and signing up for RCIA. At this point, I found myself bombarded with kitsch. I didn’t know enough about the Mass itself to…

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