Daily Archives: 6 November 2013

On My Bookshelf: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun

A few years ago I read Paul McAuley’s The Quiet War and enjoyed it. I didn’t realize that a sequel had come out. A few of them, actually. The immediate follow-up is Gardens of the Sun, which I read earlier … Continue reading

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Stand By

Brushing up against the boundaries of doctrine, or even going outside the safe domains of catechesis: why do these events or opportunities always merit a reaction? From yesterday’s Vatican presser: Although preparations for the 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on … Continue reading

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GMD 133-135: National and Diocesan Structures

A brief chapter (GMD 133-136) discusses the bishops’ commitment to devoting personnel and personal effort to the cause. The bishops begin with themselves. Because this plan must involve every one of us, we bishops first of all pledge to implement it … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 19:1-10

The tale of Zacchaeus was proclaimed in Catholic churches, plus thousands of others, worldwide this past weekend. I wonder: what of reconciliation did you hear? Jesus was on his final journey, to Jerusalem, and yet he takes time from his … Continue reading

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NSA = Drunks

Catching up on yesterday’s religion news, I saw Tom Ehrich’s commentary at RNS equating those obnoxious late-night drunks with the American surveillance community. He takes a strong poke at Facebook and Google too. This was self-centeredness run amok. It was … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 5

Pope Pius XII sees much to affirm in the 20th century’s effort to open understanding of Catholic liturgy to the laity. What strikes me in MD 5 is the use of two terms linked to Vatican II: fountain and participation. … Continue reading

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New Bishop for Rochester

I’ve already been on the receiving end of two e-mails this morning about my hometown’s new bishop, Salvatore Matano. I don’t have much to say about him. On the surface it looks like another careerism move: small city to larger. … Continue reading

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