Monthly Archives: January 2011

Questions

(This is Neil) I always feel cautious about generalizing about something like the “Catholic blogosphere,” but I think that I can say a few things. When I began contributing to Todd’s blog, most Catholic bloggers were amateurs or popular writers, … Continue reading

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OCF 412: What of a Body Baptized?

The human body is not important because of its own actions, ultimately. It is honored because God works divine grace through it. The Christian tradition speaks of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. That notion should be … Continue reading

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Honest, Open, Responsible, Respectful

PrayTell alerted me to today’s AP piece on Catholics in the new media. The chief of the Vatican’s social communications office was asked about conservatives. Conservative bloggers, secular and religious, concede they dominate the hit counts on the internet. It would seem … Continue reading

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Day 7 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) “We have martyrs in all the Churches….here in Rome we have St Bartholomew’s for all the modern martyrs. I think that what John Paul II said, that between the martyrs we have perfect unity and when we … Continue reading

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Day 6 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) For we know, though we have to work hard for unity of all the people of God, unity is not our human work and achievement; it is a gift of the Spirit, the gift of a renewed … Continue reading

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Thomas Tobin’s Cracked Prism

They’re still talking about that prize? Is there any longer any doubt that Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion president we’ve ever had? Well, sure there’s doubt. I place President Obama at least number two among world leaders present in … Continue reading

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No Drugs for Death

Catholic activists play a part in ruining the American death row parade. The Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio had been engaged in discussions with Hospira’s Italian subsidiary, Hospira SL, which led to meetings with the Foreign Affairs minister, Franco Frattini, and … Continue reading

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OCF 411: Introducing Cremation

411. The Christian faithful are unequivocally confronted by the mystery of life and death when they are faced with the presence of the body of one who had died. Moreover, the body which lies in death naturally recalls the personal … Continue reading

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New Gloria Making the Rounds

Jimmy Mac alerted me to the posting of Jeff Ostrowski’s Gloria on the America blog. It’s a misconception that you have to produce a piece of music exactly the way it’s been recorded. I always look at the melody of … Continue reading

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Day 5 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) Day 5 Breaking the Bread in Hope Readings Exodus 16:13b-21a It is bread the Lord has given you to eat Psalm 116:12-14, 16-18 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice 1 Corinthians 11:17-18, 23-26 Do this … Continue reading

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Day 4 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) Day 4 Sharing, an Expression of Our Unity Readings Isaiah 58:6-10 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry Psalm 37:1-11 Trust in the Lord and do good Acts 4:32-37 Everything they owned was held … Continue reading

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OCF 409-410: Holy Communion Outside Mass

Here’s the last post on the funeral rites in the original 1989 OCF book. In some instances, the Church cannot celebrate a funeral Mass–we’ve discussed those reasons before. Sometimes it may be fruitful to offer Holy Communion outside of Mass … Continue reading

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Out From Under The Umbrella

EWTN buys the other NCR. The Register is now free of ties to Fr Maciel’s order. A significant move?

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More on the Eleventh

I’m grateful yesterday’s thread on the Eleventh Worker awoke some brisk commentary. Thanks for all that, and especially thanks to Harry for keeping it going and keeping me on my toes. I’m skeptical of the unemployment numbers we’re being fed. … Continue reading

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Day 3 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) Dear brothers and sisters, as disciples of the Lord we have a common responsibility to the world, we must carry out a common service: as the first Christian community of Jerusalem, beginning from what we already share, … Continue reading

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