Monthly Archives: June 2007

Recipe for a Comet

Need a summer educational project for the science-minded kiddo? Try this, courtesy of Edna DeVore of the SETI Institute via With a nod of credit to Dr. Dennis Schatz, the original cometary chef, and Vice President for Education at … Continue reading

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Motumania: The Endgame

Zenit says it’s in the hands of “representatives from various episcopal conferences,” so I guess the waiting is nearly over. That the letter of explanation is itself longer than the actual document: interesting. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 36-37: Communion Special and Frequent

These next two sections are closely aligned. Number 36 suggests an important connection between the celebration and reception of the Eucharist and significant (though not always sacramental) life experiences. I suppose this is a special way of introducing a certain … Continue reading

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The Convenience of Stupidity

Remember our discussion on it here? Stupidity has a remarkable malleability in the eyes of internet conservatives. We know the open book posse leaps at painting Bishop Trautman as having a low opinion of pew Catholics. Yet the same bucket … Continue reading

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Popular Female Athletes

And now for something completely different from Scout stoles. As I was checking my hometown’s sports page, a columnist was comparing the pop-ten female athletes in this year’s and last year’s Harris polls, adding his comment: 2007 — Serena Williams, … Continue reading

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Losing or Deepening a Sense of the Sacred III

I was somewhat critical of Bishop Seratelli’s opening piece on the topic of loss and recovery of a sense of the sacred. I think he does better this week, outlining some positive steps for recovering a sense of the sacred. … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 35: Penance and Communion

The Consilium takes a brief look at the relationship between two sacraments: 35. The eucharist should also be proposed to the faithful “as a remedy that frees us from our daily faults and preserves us from mortal sins.” [Council of … Continue reading

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Mars Rover Update

Click here for an update on the extremes of weather the Mars Rovers face in their continuing exploration of planet 4. Above are the daily charts of highs and lows for each rover over the entire surface mission for each. … Continue reading

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Scout Stole

The traditionalists among us might frown*, but I like this image from a Mass at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, courtesy of fellow KC-blogger Joe. From my boyhood scouting days, I had but one friend who went to … Continue reading

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Eucharisticum Mysterium 34: Receiving Communion

They looked at it in ’67: how to receive Communion. The Consilium says it’s pretty much up to the pastor: kneeling or standing, but pick one for the sign of family unity: 34. a. In accordance with the custom of … Continue reading

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Pretending at Liturgical Reform

The Catholic blogosphere is often full of self-styled prophets who think they have the answers to all the Church’s problems, especially their own. Priests who pretend at being liturgists without a requisite background are sometimes the most entertaining of the … Continue reading

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Motumania, Faked Out

Father Z reports that a motu proprio is out. No, not that one. Another one that restores the two-thirds majority for papal elections, overturning JPII’s 1996 changes. Everybody’s been focused on the other one, which is running through the printing … Continue reading

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Go Green By Going Black

Blackle, to be more accurate. Anybody seen this? In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit … Continue reading

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In the sixties, she would have been a Republican. (She needs to get a staffer to update her web page; 2002?) “I’ve never heard of this group. I’d have to look at why they consider themselves Democrats,” said Mimi Stewart, … Continue reading

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Liquid Telescope

Here’s a fascinating idea. Lunar astronauts pouring fluid on a disk-shaped mesh, thus giving scientists a telescope mirror almost the size of a baseball field. The structure would be set to spin to allow the liquid to ride up the … Continue reading

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