Daily Archives: 28 November 2005

How To Empty Your Church

Well, Newman does have one or two good points: singing hymns in their entirety, avoiding kitsch, liturgical movement (he calls it gesture, not dance, but it’s a good thought), giving one homily, not twenty-three. But there are some gems: The … Continue reading

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Douse the Drumbeat

I’ve lost track of CWN retractions, but I still pop in to Dom’s on occasion for a chuckle. I like the rejection of CCC 2478 for the sake of the latest gossip on “infamous” (Isn’t there another adjective that means … Continue reading

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An Advent Reflection

The following excerpt is from “An Advent Reflection” (The Oblate 47 [2003]), by Fr Michael Kwatera, OSB, director of oblates at St John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. (The 1907 Catholic Encyclopedia article on Advent is here.) Benedict’s prescription for his … Continue reading

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The World to Wicca

Zenit reports on the neo-pagan phenomenon in Europe and the US. One thing: our response as Catholics would be rooted in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, the one that treats relations with non-Christian religions. Another thing: We Christians should … Continue reading

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Trio Mediaeval

If you’re in town Friday night, look for me at this event, sponsored by the Friends of Chamber Music. Nice write up in the Star yesterday … “’Singing doesn’t get more unnervingly beautiful,’ wrote The San Francisco Chronicle of the … Continue reading

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Advent Reflection

The fine Australian program of sacred music, For The God Who Sings, includes some Byrd motets for Advent, a Bach cantata, and if you want to get into a liturgical mood, enjoy the Advent readings, antiphons, collects, and carols from … Continue reading

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DH 7: More Rights and Duties

Dignitatis Humanae 7 states: The right to religious freedom is exercised in human society: hence its exercise is subject to certain regulatory norms. In the use of all freedoms the moral principle of personal and social responsibility is to be … Continue reading

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