Monthly Archives: March 2012

Cut The Crucifixions

… say the Filipino bishops. Conference president Jose Palma, Archbishop of Cebu suggests renewal of faith rather than imitating Good Friday: While we are trying to discourage these practices we cannot also judge their intention, especially those who have made … Continue reading

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Dancing Into Holy Week

On the eve of Holy Week, a rather appropriate entry … People seem to love or dislike “Lord of the Dance.” It’s a lovely American tune, but I think the Shaker text “Simple Gifts” is a better fit. That said, … Continue reading

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GIRM 392: Languages

A bit more on translations, and perhaps a more generous role for conferences of bishops than currently exists: 392. It shall also be for Conferences of Bishops to prepare with care a translation of the other texts, so that, even … Continue reading

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GDC 202: “Catechesis and contemporary culture”

If you’re still tracking this document with us, we’re in Part Four, “Those to be catechized,” which will run through GDC 214. The final thirteen numbered sections make up CHAPTER V, Catechesis in the socio-cultural context. The document gives the … Continue reading

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GIRM 391: Lectionary Translation

A brief mention on the Lectionary responsibilities, which, by the book, rest primarily with conferences: 391. It is for the same Conferences of Bishops to attend to the translations of the biblical texts that are used in the celebration of … Continue reading

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Some Musical Notes

This morning, as I was reconnecting favorite sites on my browser, I ran across a YouTube channel for one of my favorite musical groups, Ensemble Polaris (image, left). What a fantastic collection of insanely different musical instruments and styles. Highly commended. … Continue reading

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Passing Over and Looking Good

Archbishop Dolan has been getting poked here and there for political and theological particulars spouted on his recent rightmedia appearances. Here he is at the HuffPo speaking briefly on Holy Week and Easter. This is good material. No question he’s … Continue reading

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GDC 201: “Catechesis in relation to ‘new religious movements’”

The title’s footnote reads: Report of the Secretariat for Christian Unity, the Secretariat for non-Christians and the Secretariat for non-believers and the Pontifical Council for Culture The Phenomenon of Sects or new religious movements: pastoral challenge, L’Osservatore Romano, 7 May … Continue reading

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GIRM 388-390: Decisions for National Conferences

Episcopal conferences play a role: 388. Those adaptations spoken of below that necessitate a wider degree of coordination are to be decided, in accord with the norm of law, in the Conference of Bishops. A rather nice candy-coating of current … Continue reading

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Great Soul Singing

Well, maybe not soul, as in genre. Tonight, let’s see how two hymns with different pedigrees compare in the CS commentariat. “How Great Thou Art” was an easy top-ten NPM choice. It finishes pretty much at the top of any … Continue reading

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Confusion Spared

On the cancellation of Vatican’s Stem-Cell Conference: I am infinitely relieved that the Church has avoided a major blunder which would have confused the faithful for decades to come. Agreed. The faithful already know the modus operandi in such instances … Continue reading

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GDC 200: “Catechesis in the context of other religions”

Regarding Islam and other religions, a heavily footnoted title includes references to Evangelii Nuntiandi 53, the 1977 Synod of Bishops Message to the People of God 15, Christifedeles Laici 35, Redemptoris Missio 55-57, Catechism 839-845, Tertio Millennio Adveniente 53, and the … Continue reading

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Religious, But What About Spiritual?

So Gallup has a finger on the pulse of American religious identification. Mississippi has the country’s highest percentage of African-Americans, who are known for being the most religious group. “Most people say that’s the reason why the state is the … Continue reading

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Blessing For An Unborn Child

It only took three-and-a-half years from USCCB approval to the Vatican thumbs-up, but we now have a Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Divine Worship chair: We wanted to make this announcement … Continue reading

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GIRM 387: Adaptations for the Bishop

Responsibilities of the bishop: 387. The Diocesan Bishop, who is to be regarded as the High Priest of his flock, from whom the life in Christ of his faithful in some sense derives and upon whom it depends,[Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium … Continue reading

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