Monthly Archives: September 2011

GDC 8: Outline

Here’s what’s ahead of us, as we saw in my post last week that recounted the outline. GDC 8 gives some details behind all the headings: 8. The General Directory for Catechesis, while retaining the basic structure of that of … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 100-103

Non-prelates serving on mixed commissions, take note: 100. All of the principal collaborators of any “mixed” commission who are not Bishops, and to whom a stable mission is entrusted by such commissions, require the nihil obstat granted by the Congregation … Continue reading

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Tony, Tony

Our parish web site has a new 404 feature, just in case somebody gets lost when they visit.

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SBNR

Kate Blanchard’s Religion Dispatches essay caught my attention for its title (“Spiritual But Not Religious? Come Talk to Me”), but it’s very interesting reading, especially in light of the commentary on the pope’s new evangelization hopes for the post-Christian West. … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Sirach 43:9-10

An obscure text, but a beautiful and thoughtful one: The beauty of the heavens and the glory of the stars, a shining ornament in the heights of God. By the LORD’s command the moon keeps its appointed place, and does … Continue reading

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Changing Liturgical Texts

I’d like to offer a few serious reflections on liturgical texts as given in the English version of MR3. It only took about eighty posts on the Chant Café’s most popular thread this week for someone to ask me what I … Continue reading

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GDC 7: A Necessary Revision

The Catechism, plus twenty years of catechetical work by the pope and bishops spurred a new edition of the original 1971 Directory: 7. The publication of the Catechism together with the aforementioned interventions of the Magisterium necessitated a revision of … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 99

Commissions needed for liturgy, art, and music: 99. In fact, the necessity remains for establishing commissions dealing with the Sacred Liturgy as well as sacred art and sacred music according to the norm of law in each diocese and territory … Continue reading

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GDC 6: Busy Bishops of the 80’s

We know Pope John Paul II focused on preaching and teaching. But the bishops were also busy in the intervening years between the GCD and the promulgation of the GDC: 6. On the other hand the General Assemblies of the … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 94-98

Some parameters for the “mixed” commission: 94. A “mixed” commission, by its very nature, provides assistance to the Bishops rather than substituting for them as regards their pastoral mission and their relations with the Apostolic See.[ Cf. Pope John Paul … Continue reading

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First Date

The young miss is off to the Homecoming Dance. Her date brought a wrist corsage. She insisted I share no pictures. With anyone. But she looked very nice. The mothers were fussing over the young couple, but I think I … Continue reading

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Three Little Words

Some of my friends at the Chant Café are choking on their weekend latte. How did Dan Schutte pull the wool over the Church’s eyes? Again. He took a perfectly reasonable text: Glory to God in the highest, and on … Continue reading

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Quinoa

In my transition to healthier eating, I’ve been researching whole grains. My diet formulators give you no grains during the fat burning stage of your diet. Then they encourage nothing but whole grains as you transition out of it into … Continue reading

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GDC 5: The Catechetical Legacy of John Paul II

If you’ve been reading carefully, we’ve already footnoted the first of the documents mentioned here: 5. Taking up this catechetical heritage in 1978, Pope John Paul II set out his first orientations for catechesis in the Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 92-93

A “mixed” commission operates across the boundaries of national conferences. Numbered sections 92 through 105 address the CDWDS’s legislation on these. Today, let’s just tackle the first two: 92. So that there might be unity in the liturgical books even … Continue reading

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