Monthly Archives: August 2012

Built of Living Stones 22: Christ’s Presence in Sign and Symbol

Sections 22 through 26 look at “Christ’s Presence in Sign and Symbol.” First, BLS reiterates the well-known teaching on where to find Christ in the church: § 22 § In the liturgical assembly, Christ’s presence is realized* in all the … Continue reading

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On Confession

John Cornwall at The Tablet has a piece up describing “trends” but also some personal experiences, first and second-hand, of the Sacrament of Penance. A few bits I had not considered before, including this co-incidence of sex abuse and the lowering … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 17: Governing, Mutually

Missionary institutes, which would seem to include the main varieties of religious orders established in mission territory, as well as outposts staffed by permanent or temporary, religious or lay, personnel–these folks will need to collaborate with the local bishop: 17. … Continue reading

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Saudis Object to .catholic

Saudi Arabia has a problem with .catholic domains going to the Roman Catholic church: Many other Christians use the term ‘Catholic’ to refer more broadly to the whole Christian Church regardless of denominational affiliation. True. Probably more other Christians would … Continue reading

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Shabby Treatment

From Bishop Lynch’s tribute to Bishop Trautman: I accompanied Bishop Trautman and others on his Committee to the Congregation for Divine Worship to make the strongest case for gender sensitive (aka “inclusive”) language only to have him treated very shabbily … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 21: The Importance of Liturgy

This is another excellent section for discussion: § 21 § The liturgy is the perfect expression of the Church, “the summit toward which [all the Church's] activity is directed” and the source of all her power. (SC 10) In the New … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Phases of Gravity

I thought I was picking up a new book. On the cover, one of astronaut Alan Bean’s striking paintings was catchy for a volume that didn’t have the SF tag at my local library. Sure enough, it was SF mega-author … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 15-16: By The Numbers

A few dry sections, including the make-up of the SCPF, and a breakdown by the numbers: 15. Unless in individual cases the Supreme Pontiff decrees otherwise, 24 representatives take part in the direction of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 20: More on Time and Space

As an astronomy buff, my ears perk up at that phrase, “time and space.” Time is obvious. The Church marks time based on the Christian observance of the day and week, as well as marking years with the celebration of … Continue reading

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Archbishop Dolan’s LCWR Moment

Archbishop Dolan concedes he’s bothered by criticism of his invitation of the president to the Al Smith dinner. Mark Silk at RNS dismantles some of the giving-scandal concern. My sense is that the word “scandal” has a particular meaning. In … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 13-14: With the Curia

The next several sections outline some responsibilities of and points of collaboration with the curia, particularly the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (SCPF). First, who’s in charge, administratively speaking: 13. (1) There is to be but one … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 19: Worship in Time and Space

BLS 19 through 21 cover material under the heading of “Worship in Time and Space.” § 19 § Liturgy is “the participation of the People of God in ‘the work of God.’” (CCC 1069) It is the “exercise of the priestly office … Continue reading

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Ecclesiae Sanctae III 9-12: Bishops and Missionary Institutes

Some oversight issues on the level of the national conference: 9. In the episcopal conferences there should be an episcopal commission for the missions which will have the duty of fostering missionary activity, mission awareness, coordinated arrangements for cooperation among … Continue reading

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An Inkling on Mercury

C.S. Lewis wrote of Mars and Venus, but not the solar system’s innermost planet. His good friend, J.R.R. Tolkien now has a namesake crater there, near the Mercurian north pole. The convention is that craters on that planet are named … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 16-18: The Church Building

Chapter One’s second heading, “The Church Building,” covers heavily footnoted ground: § 16 § Just as the term Church refers to the living temple, God’s People, the term church also has been used to describe “the building in which the … Continue reading

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