Monthly Archives: August 2011

Liturgiam Authenticam 42-44

More on the Word of God: 42. While caution is advisable lest the historical context of the biblical passages be obscured, the translator should also bear in mind that the word of God proclaimed in the Liturgy is not simply … Continue reading

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Liturgist’s Nightmare

I knew the concluding storms of WYD were bad. I hadn’t heard till yesterday the organizers lost 1.5 million hosts for the closing Mass. The Church has regulations pertaining to the storage and security of consecrated hosts. 5,000 ciboria (that … Continue reading

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Losing A Bit More

On the diet front, I seem to have stabilized somewhat with minus-fifty-four pounds. It’s been this way for about a week now. I hope it’s not the capful of Irish Cream syrup I use with my pancakes. I’ve been most … Continue reading

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Next-Door Neighbors

We’ve got a table at Welcome Fest in the student union tonight. Just got a text from my staff colleague Misty. They put us shoulder to shoulder with the folks from Planned Parenthood. Do you suppose somebody had a sense … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 41

Have a care for the translation of psalms and readings for the most important feasts: 41. The effort should be made to ensure that the translations be conformed to that understanding of biblical passages which has been handed down by … Continue reading

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Heading Into Difficult Territory

Jephthah’s horrific vow turned up in the daily Lectionary last week. Without even a balance of Jesus in Matthew 5:37: Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one. Our new associate … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 38-40

Today’s post covers three sections, and again, not a stellar moment for theology. Let’s read: 38. It is often permissible that a variant reading of a verse be used, on the basis of critical editions and upon the recommendation of … Continue reading

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Another Step Back

Boy servers only at the Phoenix cathedral. Nice. There’s a good bit wrong on this on a lot of different fronts. First off, the rector is within his rights. Clergy can run their parishes however they please to do so, … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 37

The new vulgate edition is the standard for a Lectionary translation: 37. If the biblical translation from which the Lectionary is composed exhibits readings that differ from those set forth in the Latin liturgical text, it should be borne in … Continue reading

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The Thirty-Fourth Doctor

… is John of Avila. Not terribly well-known, especially outside of Spain. The pope speaks: I invite everyone to look to St. John of Avila and I commend to his intercession the bishops of Spain and those of the whole … Continue reading

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The Long Shadow of Bill Morris

Bishop Bill Morris casts a long shadow down under. Toowoomba Catholics, ticked off their bishop was ousted, have sent their missives to 1,369 Australian parishes. (S)ome bishops, including Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge, have told parish priests not to distribute the … Continue reading

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The Wrong Voice for the New Evangelization

Philadelphia’s new archbishop has gotten some notice for his “catechesis” at WYD. at the Bench, Deacon Greg peeled off a snippet from his chat with young people. It confirms why I think he’s the wrong sort of bishop to be … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 14:22-33

During his homily at yesterday’s wedding, the pastor remarked that in his twenty-three years as a priest, it was the first time this reading appeared as a choice of a bride and groom: After he had fed the people, Jesus … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 34-36

Sections 34 through 45 will treat the issues of translating a Lectionary. With all the attention Roman Missal 3 is getting, even fewer Catholics are aware that a full-scale revision of the Lectionary is in process as we speak. Another … Continue reading

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Integrity and Sincerity in the Baptismal Liturgy

An interesting thread unrolled a few days ago at PrayTell. Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt suggested we lighten up on those seduced by the tendency to talk-show-host their way through liturgical presidency. I’m inclined to agree. As an occasional preacher and liturgical … Continue reading

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