Monthly Archives: November 2007

RP 1: Looking at Salvation History

The Rite of Penance Introduction begins with a Scripture-laden, four-paragraph section that leads off under the heading of “Mystery of Reconciliation in the History of Salvation.” 1. The Father has shown forth his mercy by reconciling the world to himself … Continue reading

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Rite of Penance (RP)

With this post we begin our examination of the Catholic Rite of Penance. The Rite was promulgated on 2 December 1974. First we’ll tackle the introduction and its forty sections. Its corollary would be the GIRM to the Roman Missal, … Continue reading

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Mindless Conformity

Thanks to John for using and explaining the term “human respect.” He provided an instructive link to an essay elaborating on the concept. I think a more accurate description is “mindless conformity.” Respect is an important virtue. It is both … Continue reading

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Signing Without Deaf People Present

Here’s an interesting question that arrived by e-mail: I am on a quest for information about if it is liturgically correct to sign (yes, sign, not sing) while singing songs at Mass. This often occurs during the teen Mass. During … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Fodder For Prayers

In nearly twenty years as a parish liturgist, I have yet to uncover the perfect recipe for providing prayers of the faithful on Sundays and holy days. In one parish, I had a group of parishioners who wrote for given … Continue reading

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Gnosticism and Contemporary Church Music

There’s a lively discussion on Vox Nova’s chant thread. One commenter, “Ut videam,” plays the anti-Gnosticism card this morning. Exactly to what this is a response, I’m not sure. My point on the thread was that an absolute faithfulness to … Continue reading

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Straight Talk From the Clerical Trenches

Father Paul Stanosz’s piece, “The Other Health Crisis,” in Commonweal caught my eye when I was at the public library yesterday. And behold, Commonweal posts it on their web site. There’s a lot of ponder in it, so click the … Continue reading

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Compass: Golden or Moral?

I was a bit surprised to find a post on Vox Nova going beyond just criticism of the forthcoming film The Golden Compass. Anyone who (orders Bill Donohue’s booklet) will be armed with all the ammo they need to convince … Continue reading

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Rosetta Looking Back

The European Space Agency’s comet chasing probe, Rosetta, recently passed by the Earth  as part of a ten-year maneuvering plan to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. While in the neighborhood, the probe clicked images of Earth and Moon, including this … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: 2 Samuel 5:1

This weekend’s first reading contains a sliver of insight on the relationship of a people to their king: All the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said: “Here we are, your bone and your flesh. I was … Continue reading

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Planes and Moving Shadows

The Cassini web page posted this nice color image of Saturn from 1.6 million miles away. You can detect the moons Tethys (brighter and “above” the rings) and Mimas (“below”) easily. Mimas’s shadow hits the bluish cloudtops on the planet’s … Continue reading

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Upcoming Flicks

Crystal blogged on the second National Treasure movie coming up for release in a few weeks. My wife (the history buff) and daughter actually wore out the videotape of the first film. We now have it on an oft-viewed dvd, … Continue reading

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CitE* Watch: Alaska to Montana

Zenit reports on another diocese-shifting bishop, Michael Warfel transferring from Juneau to Great Falls-Billings. I wonder what would happen if one of these bishops just said, “Thanks, but no thanks; I don’t believe in divorce and remarriage.” * Careerism in … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Thanksgiving

Just a curious question as we approach the American holiday par excellence: how would you treat it? How does your parish celebrate Thanksgiving liturgically? – Thursday morning Mass with mostly “Sunday” trappings? – Thursday morning Mass, basic like a weekday? … Continue reading

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The First North American Church?

This news item from LiveScience came up months ago, but I missed it. Still interesting, this piece on a researcher who thought a small band of Italian friars may have built the continent’s first Christian church in 1498. (Historian Alwyn) … Continue reading

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