Monthly Archives: May 2008

Carnival of Space #56

Darnell Clayton hosts this week’s carnival at the Lifeboat Foundation blog. Mars is the big story, naturally, but the universe is much bigger than a dry-ish small planet on the inner edge of an asteroid belt.

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FIYH 12: Preacher As Mediator of Meaning

Lots of ink and byte-space is expended to emphasize the priest as acting in the person of Christ, but the bishops develop the notion of the preacher as a mediator: [12] The person who preaches in the context of the … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 36: Conclusion

We come to the end of our examination of Pope Paul VI’s motu proprio, SDO, and its basic prescriptions for reviving the order of deacon. 36. Finally as regards the rite to be followed in conferring the sacred order of … Continue reading

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Criticism, Cynicism, Skepticism

I’ve been following the discussions on various sites about the possibility of lay people criticizing bishops. Is it good? Is it helpful? Is it a scandal? Is it needed? Is it even relevant? One blogger counts it as “useful evidence … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface

Nancy Atkinson at Universe Today tells us why the Phoenix lander nailed the perfect landing spot in the search for subsurface water. Take a Martian arctic scene, add some water and you get a terrestrial Arctic landscape of permafrost. The … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 32-35: Deacons In Religious Life

SDO treats the issue of deacons within religious orders. I confess my own ignorance on this practice. Is it widespread at all? The liturgical and teaching role within a community is clear enough. Many orders practice an apostolate in line … Continue reading

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Planet In The Nebula

William Herschel coined the term “planetary nebula” for those cloudy objects found in 18th century telescopes that resembled planets. These nebulae (from the Latin for “cloud”) were in fact shells of gas and dust blown from stars near the end … Continue reading

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