Monthly Archives: January 2006


Rather dazzling even in black and white, don’t you think? An older surface than Enceladus (of the south pole ice geysers) but still not as peppered with craters as Rhea. Questions: Why are the central peaks of those craters so … Continue reading

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Seeking Glory, Cheer, and Vibrancy

What was it? A universal indult for the 1962 Missal was supposed to be forthcoming a year or two ago. What happened? The brash and loud schismatic leadership continues to stamp its foot and make demands of Rome. Traditionalism in … Continue reading

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The Steep Price of Grace

The following excerpt comes from an article written by the Lutheran ethicist Larry Rasmussen for the current Sojourners magazine. It is meant to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It might also be worth remembering that … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict on Annulments

Zenit gives you the basic elements of his address. One thought from it: The question of marital annulment arouses much interest, since “for many faithful, the possibility to receive Eucharistic Communion” depends on ecclesiastical decisions, said the Pope. The Eucharist, … Continue reading

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The Gift of People

This is from the Very Rev John Breck’s current “Life in Christ” column. I’ve taken the liberty of placing one of his paragraphs in italics. Don’t we recognize ourselves in it? One of the most influential people in my life … Continue reading

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What If You Can’t or Won’t Sing?

John asks some good questions below. Do you really think that Vatican II’s call for greater active participation in the Mass was a call to turn every Mass attendent into a performer? I get squeamish about the word “performer.” “Participant” … Continue reading

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Stalking Wisdom

Sirach 14:20-21 begins a reflection on “the search for wisdom:” Happy the man who meditates on wisdom, and reflects on knowledge; Who ponders her ways in his heart, and understands her paths; But then it gets a tad creepy (22-24): … Continue reading

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Modelling Good Ensembles

One of my favorite concerts of 2005, indeed of my life, was seeing Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers performed last Fall.Two musicians to be emulated by anyone attempting to piece together a church ensemble. Or any kind of band, really: Claudio and … Continue reading

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Book of the Chair

The diocesan vicar general has asked me to procure a Sacramentary with opening and post-communion prayers only. The usual suspects are no longer printing them. Or selling them. In lieu of watching eBay daily, anybody out there have a spare … Continue reading

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Reading Along: Thumbs Up or Down?

A Dominican priest weighs in on the missalette controversy. This guy proves yet again that it is impossible to peg people as exclusively liberal or conservative. Twenty years ago, I came down solidly in the anti-missalette crowd. But today, I … Continue reading

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Catholic Schools

A US/UK/Australia snapshot of Catholic schools at Zenit. While we’re on the topic of Catholic Schools, don’t forget the thread below asking about your parish experiences of the weekend. Or just use this one. In my experience, the school often … Continue reading

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Icing on the Ecclesiastical Cake

Rock has the goods on an auxiliary bishop who doubles as a goalie for his team in a Chicago over-30 league. But it’s important to remember a full bishop, namely the revered Ken Untener of Saginaw, played hockey as well. … Continue reading

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Neuhaus vs Jesuits … Again

Richard John Neuhaus is not having a good week. First he raises the straw man of Jesuit conspiracy. Then he piles on with a flimsy attack of an America editorial. So the response of the official magazine of the Society … Continue reading

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Catholic Schools Week

Our parish-school relations have not always been the best. So some of us are working hard to ensure that Catholic Schools Observance gets off to a good start. I’m grateful for liturgical scheduling on normal weekends, as I left most … Continue reading

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The Economic/Moral Interface of Clergy Sex Abuse

Curmudgeon, my fellow KC blogger is on a mission. He targets the legal advocates of sex abuse victims, but he does suggest a Catholic alternative might exist to his position? (W)hatever horrible things the shepherds have done, and whatever justice … Continue reading

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