Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Armchair Liturgist: Mass on Civic Holidays

My parish ordinarily celebrates a weekday noon Mass. That time slot seems less than optimal for a civic holiday like Labor Day. It’s one of three days of the year in which we move 12:00 liturgy for a non-holy day to … Continue reading

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Approaching Mount Zion in Humility

The pastor preached on humility tonight: I appreciate his concise, pointed homilies. One parishioner remarked to me tonight that he likes getting challenged–and Fr Seda always does that for him. That said, I was drawn to the great image in … Continue reading

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What Is A Secretary of State?

I see Pope Francis has a new head for State, effective mid-October. Pietro Parolin is the man. Pius XII went from the position into the Chair of Peter in 1939, but the last time before that was in the 1600’s when … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 39

More on participation, which every serious liturgist acknowledges as multivalent. Starting off, we get the classic definition of active participation as the council bishops gave it: [39.] For promoting and elucidating active participation, the recent renewal of the liturgical books … Continue reading

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Another Case for Fruitless Action

Count me as singularly unimpressed with John Kerry’s pitch for military action. Nine points do not trump eight beatitudes. The British pacifist Muriel Lester denounced the outbreak of that singularly hideous and immoral adventure known as the Great War. Her … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 57

There’s an important caution in LF 57, namely that faith does not give all the answers to the turmoil of mortal life. 57. Nor does the light of faith make us forget the sufferings of this world. How many men … Continue reading

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Divorced, Remarried, and Canon Lawyers

The Tablet reported on a Würzburg, Germany poll in which divorced and remarried Catholics, by a wide margin, think canonical practice on receiving Communion should change. I’m not a believer in making policy by polls. That said, what do you suppose … Continue reading

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