Father John A. Kiley
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One area of life that would seem to be exempt from the cross, at least in the popular imagination, is sexual relations. more
A few years ago, maybe 15 years ago, two young men moved into a neighborhood. They replaced a sagging gutter in the front of their home. more
No one receives a harsher assessment in the New Testament than the religious leaders of Jesus’ generation. Jesus excoriates the pious shepherds of his day labeling them “… brood of vipers … blind guides …whitened sepulchers. …” more
Somewhere within his voluminous works, Benedictine Dom Aelred Graham, prior at Portsmouth Priory during the 1950s and 60s, wrote tersely and perceptively, “God’s justice is subordinate to his mercy.” more
Every student knows the tragic end of King Louis XVI of France and his Austrian-born wife, Marie Antoinette. The sharp blade of the guillotine made swift work of their necks. more
The Vatican has approved a new English translation of some of the frequently used prayers of the Mass, prayers that are “common” to most Masses. more
A few years ago I visited a cousin in Florida. As I sat by her pool, I took advantage of several copies of the Smithsonian Magazine placed on a nearby table. more
John Newton was an 18th century Anglican clergyman and the author of the immensely popular hymn Amazing Grace. more
This Sunday’s readings present two men, Elihan and Peter, who find themselves in danger because of their efforts to follow God's will. more
One Sunday last spring, St. Francis Parish in Warwick celebrated First Communion at a 12:30 p.m. Sunday Mass, welcomed a newborn with the sacrament of baptism at 2 p.m. and then witnessed Bishop Robert E. Mulvee confirm 22 young people at 5 p.m. more
“Disturbing teen sex trends reported,” the local press noted recently. more
A radio commentator made mention recently of “market religion,” an unfamiliar phrase but one that makes perfect sense. more
A news item told of two homosexual partners from Israel who brought the sperm of one of them to a clinic in India, where the sperm was used to fertilize an egg taken from one woman and then implanted in the womb of another woman. more
Some time ago, a friend cited a liturgical commentator who pointed out that the post-Vatican II Mass celebrated according to the new rite of Pope Paul VI is not simply a revision of the old Roman Missal, the Tridentine Mass. more
In his “Milestones,” written as a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that liturgical change was not a top priority for the council fathers as they gathered for Vatican II. more
A local cable-channel preacher was adamant that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist is strictly symbolic. His argument did give the viewer pause. more
An irreverent thought occurred during Pope Benedict’s welcome and inspiring trip to the United States in April. more
“I pray for you every day, Father Kiley,” St. Joseph of Springfield Sister Charles Joseph Carr, who recently passed away, would remind me quite often. more
“The Woonsocket Call” recently noted that St. Joseph Church in that city would soon be offering the old Latin Mass for worshippers who treasure fondly the solemnity of that ritual. more
An Internet video features a glimpse of a testimonial banquet given by the Queen of England for the president of France. more
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