Monthly Archives: January 2007

Unitatis Redintegratio 16

We continue our 5-section examination of Eastern Christians, and the world’s Catholic bishops are quite direct in what they see as proper governance in the East: Already from the earliest times the Eastern Churches followed their own forms of ecclesiastical … Continue reading

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Discernment: Balancing the Virtues

As I was following various commentary on discernment in music ministry, I was struck by the extremes mentioned in the threads which apply beyond the Venn diagram circle of “music,” especially two: – Parish (music) ministry is about welcome and … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 15

Today’s section praises the liturgical traditions of the East, and reminds Catholics that their sacraments are entirely “true” and valid. Everyone also knows with what great love the Christians of the East celebrate the sacred liturgy, especially the eucharistic celebration, … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 14

Subheading I covers the next five sections (14-18) and the “Special Consideration of the Eastern Churches” For many centuries the Church of the East and that of the West each followed their separate ways though linked in a (close) union of … Continue reading

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“Love is actually rather ordinary …”

(Neil, again.) Here, in the Sunday Times’ “Credo” column, Monsignor Roderick Strange writes about the second reading for this Sunday’s Mass (1 Cor 12:31-13:13): Familiarity does not always breed contempt, but it can dull awareness. Consider, for example, St Paul’s … Continue reading

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What is Discernment?

(This is Neil, Todd’s contributor, posting here.) I’ve been following some of the discussion regarding the Intentional Disciples blog with great interest, particularly the posts on discernment below. I am especially grateful for the response of the writers from the … Continue reading

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Organ and Chant: Cultural Euro-Pride?

Maybe it is. Maybe not. But there’s nothing theological in the Church’s reasoning in favor of organ and chant. The pipe organ (and note that the moniker “King of instruments” does not apply to electronic or other organs) does have … Continue reading

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