Monthly Archives: April 2012

Institutional Incompetence

Andrew Hamilton has an Australian and a historical perspective on the CDF-LCWR situation. History first, with the tale of Mary Ward, who wanted to adopt the Jesuit rule and, with other women, teach and perform pastoral duties–outside of a convent. … Continue reading

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RDCA I, 1-3: Building Commences

The first of seven chapters of the RDCA (Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar) treats the start of the physical project, either the laying of the foundation stone, or the start of physical work. There are thirty-one … Continue reading

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Servant and Shepherd

Today we get the first clash between two NPM top-25: “Shepherd Me, O God,” which polled at number 19 and “The Servant Song,” voted in at number 16. Which of these contemporary compositions will move on to the “Supernatural Sixteen”? … Continue reading

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GDC 239: “The human, Christian and apostolic maturity of catechists”

Are the human, Christian, and apostolic qualities all needful? I would affirm this. While I think there is some overlap amongst these three, there are distinctive characteristics of this. The Guide for Catechists does address human characteristics, and the note … Continue reading

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Call In The Police, The Saints

More from the Catholic culturecivilwar, the LCWR conference continues as scheduled. The Catholic Right can continue in glee poking at the conference speakers and topics. That will keep the stovetop temperature high. Maybe they’ll have a hissy like Chinese police … Continue reading

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Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar

After a long break from liturgical rites, this site will turn attention to the Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar. We won’t go into minute detail on everything. We’ll cover the introductions, most of the rubrics, and some … Continue reading

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Halfway Between Lent and Pentecost

Two Latin chants match up in today’s Violet Bracket round 2: “Parce Domine” was a clear winner, 22-16 over “Hosea,” in a true Lent violet polling. Here’s a nice contemporary setting by Joaquim dos Santos. “Veni Sancte Spiritus” was the most … Continue reading

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Father Everett Hemann

Father Ev Hemann, the Iowa priest who has shared much of his final days from cancer diagnosis to death, will be remembered in funeral rites this weekend and Monday. I note he’s getting quite a bit of notice around the … Continue reading

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Enterprise Over The Apple

Space shuttle Enterprise flies over New York City this morning. Good feature and images at Universe Today. This ship never flew in space; it was the first one built and served as a test vehicle for the program that followed.

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GDC 238: “The dimensions of formation: being, knowing, and savoir-faire”

A brief section today, suggesting a certain level of personal integration–a self-development, a knowledge of the Gospel message, and a spirited ability to communicate that message to others. When all three are in place, then I think we have authentic … Continue reading

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Can Bad People Do Good Things?

Even a curious complaint can be a starter for a very interesting discussion. My critical commenter would seem to have dismissed Woody Allen, not because of his skill (or lack thereof) as a filmmaker, but from his “lacking in basic … Continue reading

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When Does Gratitude Get Ugly?

It’s not a rhetorical question. When I heard that James Martin’s Twitter effort to express gratitude to American women religious was picking up steam, I was also thinking, uh-oh the ugly is on its way, too. He has the results … Continue reading

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RNS Features Cleveland Parishioner

It’s too bad the headline speaks of a fight and a win, but if a contest between a bishop and a lay person must be spoken of as a conflict, it might be better for the lay person to come … Continue reading

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Francis and the Fortress

Francis of Assisi and Martin Luther. If this were a Protestant poll, it might be no contest. But there have been a few surprises in polling so far. Here’s your ballot: Fortress outpolled Lord of the Dance in round 1 21-13. … Continue reading

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GDC 237: “The inspiring criteria of the formation of catechists”

Today, five criteria for forming catechists. Are the criteria themselves inspiring? Or does the formation of catechists itself require inspiration? 237. An adequate conception of the formation of catechists must always take prior note of some of the criteria which … Continue reading

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