Msgr. Richard C. Antall

Monsignor Antall is pastor of Holy Name Parish in the Diocese of Cleveland. He is the author of The X-Mass Files (Atmosphere Press, 2021), and The Wedding (Lambing Press, 2019).

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Exit the Pope?

It is not disrespect of papal magisterium to register difficulties with supposedly pastoral recommendations on the basis of prudential criteria.

Is Abstaining From Voting Sinful?

The cynicism that skepticism about the integrity of the political system should make us absent ourselves from the process can’t be the answer.

Prudence and Symbolic Ambiguity

If you knew that the person was going to misunderstand your blessing, would it be right to let him or her be in vincible ignorance?

The Path to Dystopia is Paved with Ideology

Treating “gender distress” as something caused by a societal injustice is an attempt to normalize a condition and behaviors that have been considered unhealthy for millennia.

Welcome to Muck Island

The sacking of Bishop Strickland brings to mind the sad plot of Brian Moore’s novella “Catholics”.

Ruling vs. Leading the Church

In Pope Francis’s favorite book “The Lord of the World,” the fictional pope does not lead but rules the Church. Ecclesiastical power is centralized in his person. The Cardinal Legates are his supervisors of the local Church. Some might see a pattern here.

We Live Among Barbarians

The vote to enshrine abortion in Ohio should be a revelation to us: we live among barbarians who do not care about human life in the womb.

Our Emersonian Pontiff

Is clerical haberdashery really such a problem that it merits a prominent place in the pope’s intervention in a synod as overhyped as the one concluding in Rome these days?

Troubled Thoughts About the Synod

The Instrumentum Laboris is not as bad as some argue, but it is worrisome because of the impression it gives of structuring a supposed listening session in order to achieve previously conceived results.

Alarms About the St. Michael Prayer

The idea that it is wrong to pray the St. Michael Prayer after Mass is only something that could be believed by a rubricist out of touch with reality.

What Does the Pope Have Against Opus Dei?

Is there some problem with Opus Dei that led Pope Francis to take so many steps to contradict what its founder thought a key to its continued usefulness to the Church?

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