Monthly Archives: August 2012

Built of Living Stones 34: The Role of the Bishop

BLS cites canon law in describing briefly the “sanctifying function” of the bishop: § 34 § The bishop is the high priest, the principal dispenser of the mysteries of God, and the director, promoter, and guardian of the entire liturgical … Continue reading

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Over The Sober Line

Liam sent me this news item from the Left Coast. A bit of commentary in the article from a canon lawyer, and from a theologian. Likely no delay in a planned installation. And unless it pops up there’s a serious … Continue reading

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How Far To Take The Knights’ Pledge?

David Gibson at RNS reports on Cardinal Dolan’s challenge to the major party candidates for US president and vice-president to sign a civility pledge. Not just any pledge; this was penned and promoted by Carl Anderson and the Knights of … Continue reading

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Psalm 146: Praise The Lord, My Soul

Twice this Fall, Psalm 146:7-10 appears in the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. After the first reading on September 9th (23rd Ordinary Sunday) as well as November 11th (32nd Ordinary Sunday). I lassoed my new friend Lynette to sing a … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 5: Purpose of the Document

Pope Paul lays out the purpose of this document, as developed from the input of the bishops, and lensed through his own interpretation of the need. Or rather, “urgency,” of the situation. Remember yesterday’s three questions? (W)hat has happened to … Continue reading

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Lilly Endowment to the Rescue

$5M goes to National Cathedral repair from the 2011 earthquake than inflicted $20 million in damage. Citing the Lilly family’s long support for the National Cathedral, N. Clay Robbins, president and CEO of the Lilly Endowment: Eli Lilly, one of the endowment’s founders, … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 33: Designing for a Holy People

Design a church for the people: § 33 § The Church is a holy people, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, whose members give thanks to God and offer the sacrifice of Christ. Together, they take part in the liturgy … Continue reading

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Give A Wink

I was thinking back to that summer night when I was ten, and had anticipated all evening the walk on the moon after the successful landing of the lunar module, Eagle. I could not keep my eyes open for the … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 4: The Central Axis of Evangelization

What do you think of Pope Paul’s image of a central axis of evangelization”? And how would you answer the questions? 4. This fidelity both to a message whose servants we are and to the people to whom we must transmit … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 32: Many Gifts, One Design

BLS 32-37 covers the third principle, that “the design of the church building reflects the roles of the participants.”  § 32 § The design of the church building reflects the various roles of the participants. Since the liturgical celebration is an … Continue reading

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The Cult of Popularity, Or Is It?

More often I see complaints in the Catholic blogosphere along the lines of this. N values popularity of a constituency more than speaking out for the truth. One recent example: The flock has been scattered on our watch. Vast numbers … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 3: The Modern Message

The Gospel is not mutable, and Christ doesn’t change, but Paul VI correctly assesses that 1973-75 is a moment different from other moments of history. The point of examining evangelization anew is not to change the message but to alter old … Continue reading

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More Foundation Novels

When the “second” Foundation trilogy came out in the late 1990′s, I was looking forward to the reads with great enthusiasm. I enjoyed the original novels, certainly. And while the original author was now dead, the Asimov estate had engaged … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 31: Participation

Liturgical participation is the hallmark of the conciliar reform of Catholic worship. It’s not a surprise it figures so highly in BLS. § 31 § The church building fosters participation in the liturgy. Because liturgical actions by their nature are … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 2: The Pope Authors

This Fall’s Synod on the new evangelization is the latest in a long line of gatherings of bishops, of which the 1974 meet was just the third of the post-conciliar era. In the face of “uncertainty and confusion,” Pope Paul … Continue reading

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