Monthly Archives: August 2008

Injuring a Good Cause

My wife was watching PBS earlier tonight, Ken Burns’ profile of Thomas Jefferson. A good quote for many things today, though I didn’t catch the context in which the third president said it: A good cause is often injured more … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Priest 6-13

The pre-homily portion of the ordination of a priest unfolds in a similar way to that of the deacon. First, the readings of the day may be used or readings from the ritual Mass for ordination: LITURGY OF THE WORD … Continue reading

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Women on the Word

As long as some men view women as female men, we’ll probably continue with the protests and movement against sexist language and practices in the Church and outside of it. This century’s Roman synods certainly don’t have a good track … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Priest 1-5

The introduction to the Ordination of a Priest has five sections. The first two are virtually identical to the prescriptions for a diaconate ordination: 1. The ordination of a priest should take place on a Sunday or holy day, when … Continue reading

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No Sympathy

I’m reading lots of angst over the pick of Alaska’s governor for VP. For a Republican, she seems decent, especially her anti-scandal stance. Very refreshing, coming from the Right. But people all over the political map are worried if McCain … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 27-28

The end of the diaconate ordination posts: LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST 27. The Order of Mass is followed with these changes: a) The new deacon brings the offerings for the celebration to the bishop and assists him at the altar. … Continue reading

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Music For The Jesuits

Angela Mariani has a two-part series on her early music program, Harmonia, entitled, “Music for the Jesuits.” Part I is online and part II airs this coming week. There seems to be a glitch on the posting of part I’s … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Folding Purificators

I had a nice chat with the parishioner who oversees purificator laundering. Lots of history for me to learn, plus discussions on procedures and such. At what point do we retire “holey” linens, I was asked. A few purificators have … Continue reading

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Cheering on the Beach, Holding a Towel

It’s alternately funny and sad to see conservative Catholics attempting ecumenism. Just as reform2 is sometimes an attempt to recover some idealized golden age of liturgy, I get the sense that for some Catholics, ecumenism is all about standing on … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 22-26

After the deacon is consecrated, some visible rituals follow: INVESTITURE WITH STOLE AND DALMATIC 22. After the prayer of consecration, the bishop, wearing his miter, sits, and the newly ordained stands. An assisting deacon or priest puts a deacon’s stole … Continue reading

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More on Pelosi

Zenit picks up on another bishop weighing in on the US Speaker of the House. Fish, barrel, firearm comes to mind on this. No wonder this one is easy for the bishops to tag team. I’ve been thinking about this … Continue reading

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Martian Sunrise

The Phoenix lander imaged Martian sunrise. It’s the beginning of the end of the Phoenix mission. Why? The lander’s arrival was timed to coincide with the arctic summer so the midnight sun would power up the mission for ninety days. … Continue reading

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Pop Goes The Convention

Mark laments the poor quality of pop songs chosen for the DNC. As I write, the talent-deprived Melissa Etheridge is at the Democratic convention singing versions of “Give Peace a Chance” and “Born in the USA.” Her songs come on … Continue reading

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Moral Theology and Early Abortion

(This is Neil) In light of recent controversy, I thought that it might be useful to reproduce part of a note by the Redemptorist theologian Brian V. Johnstone, originally published in the Irish Theological Quarterly 70 (2005) 60. After the … Continue reading

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Humor and the Catholic Church

(This is Neil) The Catholic blogosphere can be a rough place. (I doubt that it is rougher than the political blogosphere; I am not sure if it is rougher than, say, the Anglican blogosphere.) Why should this be the case? … Continue reading

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