Monthly Archives: August 2005

Chant: Pride of Place, part 2

Liam and others have good questions and comments on part 1. Clearly, the ideal parish will sing somewhere between all or none where chant is concerned. How much is enough to satisfy “pride of place?” The Vatican doesn’t tell you. … Continue reading

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Chant: Pride of Place or the Only Place? Part 1

Vatican II says it; you can’t get around it: “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of … Continue reading

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Responding to Iraq

While I believe the reasoning behind our engagement in Iraq is terribly faulty, the truth is that many good people respond in heroic ways to that challenge. Reader Fred sends this from the Kansas City area, a feature on a … Continue reading

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New Orleans

As I write, the AP reports that the mayor of New Orleans says that the city might need to set up a temporary morgue, “food and water are scarce and an atmosphere of lawlessness has set in as police and … Continue reading

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Another Tribute to Brother Roger

The fine weekly Australian sacred music program, For the God Who Sings, included a tribute to Brother Roger this past weekend. You can get the feed until late next weekend, if you care to listen in. This show always has … Continue reading

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God Behind Barbed Wire

The current Christianity Today has an article by Phillip Yancey on the German theologian J├╝rgen Moltmann, who converted to Christianity in the desolation of a prison camp after World War II as he became aware that God “was present even … Continue reading

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Freddy the Pig

Brittany and I were talking about books over lunch today. She’s been reading books from a few mystery series. Last week she borrowed seven books from the library and has already finished five ot them. I told her about the … Continue reading

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