Mathieu Ronayne

 

Staff Writer 

Mathieu is a freshman studying Political Science. He is an avid baseball fan and unabashed defender of all things associated with Boston. 

Wed

01

May

2019

Holy Oils: Explaining the Chrism Mass

Sean P. Cardinal O'Malley Blesses the Sacred Chrism (OLIVIA COLOMBO | THE TORCH)
Sean P. Cardinal O'Malley Blesses the Sacred Chrism (OLIVIA COLOMBO | THE TORCH)

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

Time seemingly stands still during Holy Week. We anticipate the climax of our faith as we celebrate Christ’s institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, His Passion and Crucifixion on Good Friday, and His Resurrection in the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses. Between Palm Sunday and the Paschal Triduum, one can unknowingly overlook a more subtle, yet important, facet of Holy Week: the celebration of the Chrism Mass. 

 

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Wed

01

May

2019

Pope Emeritus Releases Essay on Scandals

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prays the Rosary at Fatima in 2010
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prays the Rosary at Fatima in 2010

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

On April 11, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI published an essay analyzing the Catholic sex abuse scandal and the resulting impact upon the Church. He prefaced the work with an outline of its three parts. He writes, “In the first part, I aim to present briefly the wider social context of the question, without which the problem cannot be understood.…In the second part, I aim to point out the effects of this situation on the formation of priests and on the lives of priests.…Finally, in the third part, I would like to develop some perspectives for a proper response on the part of the Church.”

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Pope Francis to Unseal Archives on Pius XII in 2020

by Patrick Stallwood and Mathieu Ronayne

 

On March 4, Pope Francis announced that the Vatican will unseal the archives on Pope Pius XII, the Pontiff who reigned during World War II. Many Jewish groups have condemned Pope Pius XII for not taking action to help Jews during the Holocaust, sometimes going as far to say that he was completely silent. Pope Francis acknowledged that Pius XII’s papacy contains “moments of grave difficulties, tormented decisions of human and Christian prudence, that to some could appear as reticence.”

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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Increase in Student Desire for the Eucharist at Boston College

Adoration at Cushing Chapel Boston College
Adoration at Cushing Chapel

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

Boston College has witnessed an increase in opportunities to engage with the sacraments and develop personal prayer life this semester, and particularly over the month of February. Access to many of the Church’s foundational sacraments are already well-established on campus and nearby: daily Masses at St. Mary’s, Candlelight Mass at St. Joe’s, confession, Latin Mass organized by Una Voce, (Boston College's Latin Mass Society), and various other activities. Through primarily student-led initiatives, access to other forms of worship has grown through Adoration, Taize prayer, and other informal prayer groups.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Vatican Establishes Track Team for Olympics

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

In 2 Timothy 4:17, St. Paul famously proclaimed, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” The Vatican has given the verse more literal meaning through the establishment of an official track team earlier this month. According to the Associated Press, the Vatican has “the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee.” Beyond the Olympics, the team joined the Italian track association and will compete within various international competitions. Current team members include Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists, and professors. The track team is the first legally established Vatican athletic team, although there is an unofficial soccer team and a cricket team.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

US Bishops Meet to Address Abuse Crisis; Vatican Delays Vote on New Guidelines

Bishops of the US gather for their annual fall meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (RNS/AP/Patrick Semansky)
Bishops of the US gather for their annual fall meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (RNS/AP/Patrick Semansky)

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual General Assembly on November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. In an October 30 press release, they announced their expectations for the Assembly discussion, and anticipated a vote on “a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” They said they would also vote on the Pastoral Letter Against Racism (a report after the recent Synod on Youth) as well as the cause for canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Martyrs, Confessors, and the Call to Sainthood

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

In his youth, when St. Maximilian Kolbe saw the Blessed Mother in a vision, she offered him two crowns: a white crown for heroic virtue, and a red crown for martyrdom. Willingly accepting both crowns, he went on to live a life of such deep devotion to God that St. Pope John Paul II named him “the patron saint of our difficult century.”

 

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

The Finer Points of Papal Infallibility

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

Few elements of Catholicism are as broadly misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike as the doctrine of papal infallibility. This teaching refers to the inability of the Church to formally teach error—a gift owing to divine guidance. Within specific contexts, infallibility encompasses the college of bishops. The Second Vatican Council states in Lumen Gentium that “although the individual bishops do not enjoy the prerogative of infallibility, they can nevertheless proclaim Christ’s doctrine infallibly.” Furthermore, the bishops’ authority is even clearer when they are all “gathered together in an ecumenical council.” Uniquely, however, as the head of the college of bishops and the Vicar of Christ, the pope maintains individual infallibility, as granted by Christ.

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