Category Archives: Ministry

One of Our Own

Iowa State graduate, former parishioner of ours, and soon-to-be-ordained priest of our archdiocese chants the Gospel at a Mass in a humble basilica by a small river in an ancient city. He begins about 24:50 in. The pastor emailed him … Continue reading

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The Best Pastoral Easter Liturgy (That Might Get People To Return Next Sunday)

After a three-hour Easter Vigil, and two stuffed Sunday morning Masses, I was thinking about the ideal Easter Sunday Mass. I’ll mention a few things we did or didn’t do and please feel free to chime in with your parish’s practice, … Continue reading

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Church Hospitality: A Two-Way Street?

Blogger Jerry Galipeau has been a man without a parish for some months. Two weeks ago, he wrote about his experience worshiping at different parishes in the Chicago area. And not being welcomed anywhere. Last week he wrote a bit … Continue reading

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Pope To Canon Lawyers: You Are Pastors

Pope Francis addressing the Roman Rota: You are essentially pastors. As you carry out your judicial work, do not forget that you are pastors. Behind every file, every position, every case, there are persons who wait for justice.

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A Little Confusing

dotCommonweal, linked the NYT feature on turmoil at Seattle’s Eastside Catholic. It’s like a chain of dominos: a married gay teacher, a chairman of the board, and this week, the president. The same president who supposedly offered divorce as a … Continue reading

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Fr Pavone Settles

After friction with a few bishops over the past several years, Fr Frank Pavone is back in good standing. David Gibson at RNS has a feature up today. Good for Fr Pavone. His situation strikes me as similar to John … Continue reading

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Cardinal Watch

Honduras’s octocardinal, Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has been getting headlines for what I was reading as a “brotherly” pushback against CDF head and cardinal-to-be Gerhard Müller. I counted no less than nine headers at conservative outlet Pewsitter. John Allen picks up the original … Continue reading

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Darn That Dream

It’s been a long time since I perused ads for parish music positions. What do you make of this dream job I saw advertised at the Musica Sacra Forum: (Church) is looking for an organist and assistant in sacred music. … Continue reading

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Sacking In Seattle

The fired married and gay school administrator does not seem to be receding very quickly from the public eye or mind. dotCommonweal raised it to the top of the blog listing last evening. A few years ago one Australian bishop … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Relationships in Ministry

Every so often, I browse the CMAA forum and see what issues traditional church musicians are facing. I was banished from the forum ages ago, but occasionally someone sends me a link. I read this recently rebooted thread with interest, and … Continue reading

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Rescue

One piece I did not pick up on my first read through that La Civilta Cattolica article this brief comment about relations between bishops and religious. Overtones for the CDF-LCWR tussle, I’d say: I also know that the bishops are not … Continue reading

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To Peripheries

Pope Francis’s “little monsters” comment is making the rounds today. I found something apt for campus ministry in his message of those in religious orders, as he was urging his listeners to “shun centralism and ideological approaches.” Those who work … Continue reading

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Post-Clerical Catholicism

Frequent commenter Jimmy Mac sent me a link to Bill McGarvey’s piece in America, following on the heels of Dan Horan’s column on clericalism: What struck me was how disconnected I felt from the entire conversation surrounding clericalism. It felt … Continue reading

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Putting The Curia To Work

… sacramentally speaking, of course. In this initiative, the pope has to know that the 44 curial officials frequently preside at the Eucharist. Most likely do so daily somewhere or the other. In fact, I’m sure there’s some attention to … Continue reading

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Where Reform Begins

Another Pope Francis interview is up at La Stampa. I liked this response to the question about curial reform: A few months ago, an elderly cardinal said to me: “You have already started Curia reform with your daily masses in … Continue reading

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