Kevin Di Camillo

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What Were the “Minor Orders,” and Why Do They Matter?

Although they had been around since at least the Council of Trent in the 16th century in their renewed and current form, the “Minor Orders” — that is, the steps to becoming a priest — were suppressed after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)....

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My Father, My Grandfather and St. Andrew’s Cross

My father’s birthday is on the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30). It is also happens to be the day that my grandfather, Dr. Frank Di Camillo, died at age 91, in 2001—which makes me feel a bit bad for my dad, since his birthday is now...

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Praying for the Souls in Purgatory in the Last Days of November

Admit it: You (and I) began this month of November praying for all departed souls in purgatory. And then, we seemed to have trailed off a bit. (I know that I have. Mea culpa!) However, it is never too late during this month when we remember our...

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The Two Pillars of Prayer Against Cancer

In 1993 I, as a graduate student, joined the Saint Peregrine Cancer Prayer Society at Notre Dame. Led by the late Mr. Herb Juliano, we would pray for anyone afflicted with that dread disease. Specifically, we’d offer the daily Holy Rosary at the...

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Cardinal Gibbons’ Nod To Bishop Challoner

The opening page of the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible contains a curiosity that I’ve never quite been able to figure out. Instead of simply the usual imprimatur/nihil obstat, the copyright page reads: Approbation of His Eminence James...

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St. Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Short Homilies

I think many Catholics secretly wish for it—especially during the summer: a pastor who always gives a short homily. In the history of the Church there haven’t been a lot of Saints, let alone Doctors of the Church, who were famed for brief...

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10 Other Reformers Who Helped Stem the Tide of Protestantism

I recently picked up a book entitled True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation (2006, Augustine Institute) by Jerome K. Williams. The title refers, of course, to those self-styled “False Reformers” who were really nothing more than...

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But Did The Rich Young Man Come Back?

The “poor” young, rich man in Matthew 19:16-23. I say “poor” because I think he’s gotten a raw deal over the centuries of teaching on the difficulty of the rich entering the kingdom of heaven. I say this not because I’m young or rich (I’m...

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4 Months Before He Shot JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald Lectured the Jesuits

This sounds totally make-believe, but every single word of it is true: On July 27, 1963, less than four months before he assassinated President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald was invited to deliver a lecture to a group of Jesuits in Mobile,...

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Benedict XV and Pius XI — the Popes Who Would Not Be Saints

By today’s standards, it may seem hard to believe that over two centuries went by without a single pope being named a saint: St. Pius V (1504-1572) was raised to the altars on May 17, 1712, but not until St. Pius X (1835-1914) was canonized on...