Monthly Archives: January 2007

Unitatis Redintegratio 12

Christian cooperation in any number of endeavors is urged: Before the whole world let all Christians confess their faith in the triune God, one and three in the incarnate Son of God, our Redeemer and Lord. United in their efforts, … Continue reading

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Discernment in Parish Music Ministry

Be sure to check out the last thread with the commentary from two of the folks who blog at Intentional Disciples. Keith Strohm said something important: Guitars or gregorian chant–there is just no way that a music ministry group should … Continue reading

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Discerning Gifts

I’m interested in a fairly new blogging effort, Intentional Disciples, that has gained some attention among the 800-pound gorillae of the blogosphere this week. This post today, while not able to completely dodge the liturgy tussles, does have an interesting … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Catholic Schools Week

  Suppose your parish school personnel approach you about student involvement at the Sunday Masses this weekend. What do you say? Nyet/Verboten/Mais non? Would you give them one Mass? A little bit at each Mass? Or suggest they buy the … Continue reading

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Definitions

American journalist Ambrose Bierce on a topic beloved to the blogosphere: A conservative is a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

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Unitatis Redintegratio 11

The Vatican II bishops address one of the modern concerns of conservatives: The way and method in which the Catholic faith is expressed should never become an obstacle to dialogue with our (sisters and brothers). It is, of course, essential … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 10

Christendom’s observance for unity concluded yesterday, but we’re not quite halfway through Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism. If this next bit is in print, then there’s a recognition that historical fact has sometimes taken a back seat to more heated … Continue reading

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The Trinity and Us

(This is Neil.) In my limited experience, everything written by Bishop Kalllistos (Ware) is worth reading. I’ve already posted the Orthodox Bishop of Diokleia’s thoughts on liturgy and community, reconciliation, and trees (if you don’t think that trees are important, … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 9

More good things on non-Catholic-Catholic exchanges. We must get to know the outlook of our separated (brothers and sisters). To achieve this purpose, study is of necessity required, and this must be pursued with a sense of realism and good … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 8

This section contains some important guiding principles for prayer among Christians, staking out the Catholic position, and giving the reasoning behind it. First, an affirmation of the desire for unity among Christians based on the striving for holiness: This change … Continue reading

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Looking Like a Theological Grossman in Chicago

Cardinal George has long been regarded as an intellectual heavyweight among the American hierarchy. I’m not sure I’ve seen enough in the public sphere to back it up. His criticism of Catholic liberalism, blogged about on this site in the … Continue reading

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Day 8 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This is the last day of the octave; all materials are taken from the relevant Vatican website. I’ve included the following intercession, in case you have not seen it already this week. Intercession for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS … Continue reading

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Day 7 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Here is the text of the Pope’s General Audience for today, in which he meditates on the theme of this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and “some particular events in which I have been personally involved during the past … Continue reading

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Compliant No Complaint

Just in case you were wondering about my diocese’s complaince with the USCCB Charter so cavalierly dismissed by another of St Blog’s favorite midwestern prelates, you might want to read this memo we received from the chancery the other day. … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 7

Change of heart: the Church speaks to its own members. There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without a change of heart. For it is from renewal of the inner life of our minds,(Cf. Eph. 4, 24.) from … Continue reading

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