Category Archives: Hermeneutic of Subtraction

Catholic Discouragement, And Where To Swim From Here

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. (Psalm 146:3-4, NRSV) My more careful readers know that … Continue reading

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Bishop Gets The Hook

After deep-sixing Anna Maria College’s invitation to Victoria Kennedy to give a commencement address, Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus finds himself disinvited too. Raymond L. Delisle, a spokesman for the Diocese of Worcester, said Anna Maria President Jack Calareso and … 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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Teens Bring The Smackdown

Saw this piece referenced on David Gibson’s RNS Roundup. Despite a “This is not going to end well” assessment, it was a good thing DeLaSalle High School kids pushed back against a political message delivered by archdiocesan presenters. I’m not … Continue reading

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All Mixed Up On The Gay

Just one roundup on the Religion News Service‘s daily feature and the LGBTQ stories are all over the place. No wonder people who were never near the closet are totally confused. Would you ever think it was a single unified … Continue reading

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Conciliaria

Eric Stoltz has a really fine effort brewing. Go visit Conciliaria. From the site: Welcome to Conciliaria, where you can relive the moving and hope-filled days of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Council, … Continue reading

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On the Blessed Blood

While researching materials for my presentation on the new Roman Missal, I found this quote from St Julian of Norwich which seems appropriate in the context of the Hermeneutic of Subtraction: God has created bountiful waters on the earth for … Continue reading

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Lies or Ignorance?

It’s sort of a head-scratcher on one of the more common reasons given for the confluence of the Hermeneutic of Subtraction and Communion from the Cup. Br Dan sorts it all out for you here. As one dotCommonweal commentator asked … Continue reading

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Subtracting Opportunities of Grace

The Chant Cafe this week has featured two longish essays by an apologist for the restriction of Communion from the Cup. This initiative is burdened by many problems: theological, pastoral, and spiritual. It has two things going for it. A … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Principle

Check out Rock’s one-minute clip from the beginning of the Papal Mass. The musings at PrayTell (thanks for the tip) focus in part on the looks coming from the upper clergy–like somebody put dried cat droppings in the thurible. Common … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Antigospel

The funeral planner brought back the report to me. The widow had asked, “Do we really need to offer the cup at his funeral? I never take from it. Most people don’t either.” But then at the funeral dinner, my … Continue reading

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The Latest from the Culture of Complaint

At the Bench, Deacon Greg posted on news of the cancelled interfaith dinner at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati. While the school administration and the archbishop’s spokesperson deny specific threats, the safety of students was cited for not going … Continue reading

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Why Not Mysticism?

  I know this piece went up before I left, but I noted the 100-plus comment thread yesterday. I got to about number 25 and thought, “same old, same old,” yawned, and moved on. Wouldn’t serendipity bring me to begin … Continue reading

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Bill Done!

As a liberal, a deep skeptic of major political parties, and a doubter on the efficacy of a bill that will take years to sink in and take effect, I have to confess it is a relief to see insurance … Continue reading

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Another Shining Moment for Political Catholics

Few things rankle me more than deliberate injustice perpetrated on people. I’ve experienced it myself, and I’ve seen it practiced by bishops, pastors and parishioners on otherwise innocent and usually shocked individuals. I haven’t been following the most recent Catholic … Continue reading

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