Why is there a special sink in the sacristy?

If you have ever been in the sacristy — the room set aside for preparing for liturgy — inside a Catholic church, you may have noticed two sinks. One sink looks normal and has a faucet with normal plumbing. Then next to it, or in the same room, is a secondary sink. It often has a metal top that covers it and usually does not have a faucet. The technical term for this special sink is the “sacrarium,” sometimes called a “piscina”…

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Senator Joe McCarthy’s controversial Catholic faith…

History is dead-on in its verdict that Senator Joe McCarthy’s Catholic faith played a defining role in his life and his crusade against Communism. But it did not happen quite the way historians have told us. For the real story, we need to go back to the senator’s beginnings. His personal and professional papers were made available exclusively to me and I have used them in my new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.

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5 tips from St. Benedict on engaging online — because we’ll get nowhere by daily riding each other’s backs…

Original sin has rendered our world an ever-contentious place, but for many who remember the late 1960s, the Year of Our Lord 2020 seems (largely thanks to the internet, social media, 24-hour news channels) like a banner year, a David Banner year, furious and destructive. Like 1968 on steroids. It’s brought us to a place were dialogue is strained, where people are reacting at each other, rather than responding to…

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“I think of Hagia Sophia, and I am very saddened” — Pope speaks out on Turkey’s mosque ruling…

Pope Francis expressed his sadness Sunday after Turkey’s decision to convert the former Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. In improvised remarks after reciting the Angelus, the pope recalled that July 12 is Sea Sunday, when the worldwide Church prays for seafarers.

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