Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Bishops’ Bungled Book Review

I’m sure Elizabeth Johnson’s publisher is happy at the prospect of a sales uptick with Quest for the Living God: Mapping the Frontiers in the Theology of God. I’m not well-read on Elizabeth Johnson. Maybe I should take Jim Martin’s … Continue reading

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GILM 83-84: Choices for Saints’ Celebrations

In these detailed prescriptions for readings proclaimed on saint days, most of these principles we’ve already covered. First, if there are proper readings for a saint, they should be used if these illustrate something biblical about the saint or about … Continue reading

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GOP Opposed Pro-Life Legislation: Who’s Surprised?

Retired Rep Bart Stupak tells it. Curious: Senate Republicans killed a “technical corrections bill,” leaving the executive order the only way to go. Here’s a question: does a good Catholic have to uphold the right to life at every opportunity, … Continue reading

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GILM 82: Choices in Weekday Readings

Priests and liturgists are confronted with choices at daily Mass, usually the intersection of the cycle of saints with the readings of ordinary time: 82. The arrangement of weekday readings provides texts for every day of the week throughout the … Continue reading

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The Adoption Wedge

I could respect a decision of conscience like this or this if either diocese were willing to own up to the real reason old-style adoption services were being dropped. In my own diocese, a Catholic Charities counsellor reported helping in … Continue reading

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GILM 81: Choice of Alternate Texts

81. When a choice is allowed between alternative texts, whether they are fixed or optional, the first consideration must be the best interest of those taking part. It may be a matter of using the easier texts or the one … Continue reading

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Longing For God

The line from today’s psalm is perhaps one of the ten most familiar passages in the Psalter: As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. (Ps 42:2) But this lament, probably a … Continue reading

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