Monthly Archives: May 2007

Planet Six Goes Vegas

I’ll leave you with some newly posted images from the Cassini site on our ringed neighbor. First, we have an infrared image that looks surprisingly like Jupiter: But it’s really Saturn. Honest. Then we have this, as Geordi LaForge might … Continue reading

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Upcoming Liturgy Documents

I’d like to chart out what you can expect to see on our web site over the next several months regarding post-conciliar liturgy documents. In a few days, I’ll begin posting on the 1967 instruction Eucharisticum Mysterium, notable for advocating … Continue reading

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Rich Reasoning on Clergy Sex Abuse

Rich takes offense at attacks on the Catholic Church. It’s not a totally bad quality. I would welcome him on my side in a vigorous discussion. But I think his fixation on homosexuality is getting him into factual trouble. He posted … Continue reading

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Tres Abhinc Annos: Use of the Vernacular (28)

28. The competent territorial authority observing those matters contained in the Constitution on the Liturgy art. 36, § 3 and § 4 may authorize use of the vernacular in liturgies celebrated with a congregation for: the canon of the Mass; … Continue reading

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Tres Abhinc Annos: Funerals and Vestments (23-27)

Only two more posts to go on this document. Today we’re looking at funeral rites in chapter VI: 23. The color for the office and Mass for the dead may in all cases be violet. But the conferences of bishops … Continue reading

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Does This Mean That Proto-Americans Are Off The Hook?

Paul at Centauri Dreams blogs on a possible asteroid or comet event above North America thirteen millennia ago. From the BBC, a news item that scientists will present findings that link megafauna extinction, early human population collapse in the Western … Continue reading

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Why Composers Compose

On the Corporate Liturgy thread, I suggested one reason why Catholicism has seen so many composers since the 60’s: because the current musical situation is regarded as so unsatisfactory. Gavin’s not sure, but he does make a good point: ” … Continue reading

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Tres Abhinc Annos: Variations on the Divine Office (19-22)

Tres Abhinc Annos has some things to say about the Liturgy of the Hours in Chapter V: 19. Pending complete reform of the divine office, on days of class I and class II with a matins of three nocturns, recitation … Continue reading

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Tres Abhinc Annos: Special Cases (17-18)

This chapter is entitled, “Some Special Cases.” First, we read of adjustments in the Wedding Mass: 17. In nuptial Masses the celebrant says the prayers Propitiare and Deus, qui potestate not between the Pater noster and its embolism, but after … Continue reading

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No Comprende Célèbre

Reading on dotCommonweal, I was led to John Allen’s op-ed in the New York Times which lobs one my way. Sort of. Many on the Catholic left, meanwhile, will make a cause célèbre out of the document because, to them, … Continue reading

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Love Without Limits VI

(This is Neil.) I would like to quickly post from another of Fr John Breck’s excerpts of the late Fr Lev Gillet’s Amour Sans Limites, published under the name of “A Monk of the Eastern Church” in 1971. I’ve posted … Continue reading

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No Other Gods

(This is Neil.) I’ve returned from my absence (grading and a seminar are to blame). You are probably shrugging your collective shoulders right now. Therefore, I’ll get right to the point of this post. On an airplane, I happened to … Continue reading

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What Is A Metal?

What a chemist sees: What an astronomer sees: Scientists among you will get the joke. For others, you should know that hydrogen and helium make up almost all the matter in the universe. It is thought that planet formation depends … Continue reading

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Corporate Liturgy

Peter Nixon posts at dotCommonweal about the late Aidan Kavanagh’s views on the error of reviving the Tridentine Missal as well as the faults of the post-conciliar reform. The image in my mind is of a motorist getting a little … Continue reading

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The Polar Eyes of Saturn

The Cassini web page posted this image of Saturn’s North Pole hexagon in the infrared. (Redder beyond the color red.) The mission scientists tell it: This image is one of the first clear images of the north polar region ever … Continue reading

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