Monthly Archives: May 2006

A Two-Hour Line of Support

A music director from the other side of the line declines to give a three-pronged reassurance to a new pastor. So he loses his job. “I’ve done nothing illegal, nothing immoral,” said Nadeau, who takes the national stage soon as … Continue reading

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The Limits of Combox Discussion

When I comment on other blogs, especially in matters liturgical, I’ve found that many, many more writers line up against my viewpoints. It has been my previous practice to look upon that as a challenge and present the progressive view … Continue reading

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Wondering: What’s the Point

I saw this clip at open book earlier today, but didn’t get around to reading it till just now. Amy linked to another guy, Fr Guy, who opined: I ask what the point is of having a national conference which … Continue reading

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For Every Loser, There’s Two Winners

In baseball, this was true four days ago. Thanks to the Oakland A’s losing three games since then, the number of MLB teams with winning records dropped to nineteen (out of thirty). But earlier this week, only ten teams had … Continue reading

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Called By God in Kansas City: Bishops, Religious, Clergy

One of my readers asked for a comment on Rock’s post on a Kansas City’s Nun’s Story. I knew we had other breaking local news, too, so let me commit a possible faux pas by combining this link with another … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 60

Just to keep it in perspective, we’re just starting Gaudium et Spes section 3 of chapter 2 of part II of the document. Remaining in the overall chapter which treats the “Proper Development of Culture”, this next section, “Some More … Continue reading

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The Golden Rules of Summer Vacation

Our pastor asked the kids at the last school Mass today if they could remember (last year’s associate pastor) Fr Shawn’s three rules for summer vacation. Some did. 1. Go to church. 2. Read books. 3. Have fun. Good advice … Continue reading

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Why is it Difficult to Talk about Immodesty?

This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. It’s because I’m getting married. This isn’t something sudden; I’ve just always been reluctant to reveal very much about my personal life on the Internet. I can say, though, … Continue reading

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Spacing Out

All’s quiet on the Mercury front. The latest Venus probe has settled into a final orbit. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun to dip into the Martian atmosphere to slow itself, and refine its orbit. Meanwhile, in my Orbiter simulation, … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 59

Continuing our look at Gaudium et Spes, this last part of the section treating the development of culture starts off by saying, in essence, that culture is a tool for human beings, and not elevated to its own level: For … Continue reading

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Exposed: A Conservative Root in the Culture of Victimhood

Okay, friends, chew on this one awhile: Man blaming woman for how he feels when she dresses. (Or something like that.) The culture of victimhood is proclaimed by many conservatives in identifying the problems of some folks today. I think … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 58

Gaudium et Spes continues a discussion of the relationship between culture and the Gospel. First the importance of perceiving the needs of particular cultures, and two reasons are given: the effectiveness of kerygma, but also the enrichment of the church’s … Continue reading

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Dress Codes for Church and Other Affairs

Y’all feel free to continue commentary on the Armchair Liturgist thread below. I did promise I’d post my responses, so here goes. Dress Code always come up in church circles, especially ministry ones. When I train lectors and Eucharistic ministers, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Enthroning the Gospel Book

What about the practice of placing the Book of the Gospels in a prominent place in a church? Pope John Paul II asked that Roman parishes do this during the Jubilee celebrations six years ago. I ask because it’s come … Continue reading

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