Monthly Archives: November 2006

Scalloped Rings

  The Cassini site posted an image that shows the influence of the tiny moon Daphnis on nearby ring edges. The Keeler Gap is 26 miles wide; the moon 4.3.

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Intermissal Intermission

With all the blogosphere focused on the Holy Father’s visit to Turkey, the liturgy posts are drawing less discussion today. Which is as it should be. I was a little surprised that this open book post on Liturgical Matters had … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 72

If a council were held today, I think this sacrament would get a lot more than these twenty-seven words: The rite and formulas for the sacrament of penance are to be revised so that they more clearly express both the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 71

A theologian once quipped that confirmation was a sacrament in search of a theology. Vatican II did make a few brief suggestions: The rite of confirmation is to be revised and the intimate connection which this sacrament has with the whole … Continue reading

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Boys and Girls Will Be Boys and Girls

Reviewing my parish’s altar server roster yesterday morning, I noticed we have a balance of 47 boys, 47 girls. I encounter more problems with combatative siblings serving together than boys shying away because of girls. Boys make up about 30% of … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 32

How could I have missed it? Checking back through the archives, I found something amiss in the numbering of the posts. The liturgy makes distinctions between persons according to their liturgical function and sacred Orders, and there are liturgical laws … Continue reading

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A Cleansing Note

This missive arrived last week for all priests and liturgists in our diocese: As many of you are aware from reports in the media, including the Catholic Key, the indult which had been granted to the dioceses in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 70

We finish up Vatican II’s look at liturgical baptism with a point of liturgical trivia: Except during Eastertide, baptismal water may be blessed within the rite of baptism itself by an approved shorter formula.

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Asking and Getting

Get the goods on Catherine of Alexandria from this great blog Ask Sister Mary Martha. St. Catherine … is preaching Christianity. Her converts are promptly killed and Catherine is thrown into jail. But now she is so famous that the … Continue reading

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Would St Francis Be In PETA’s Dog House?

It was his idea, you know. A Protestant Alaska pastor gets PETA’s attention for advertising a “Living Nativity.” Turns out there were only human actors: Joseph, Mary, and people dressed up in animal costumes. Baby Jesus was plastic. Untruth in … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 69

We continue with Vatican II directives on the theme of baptism: how to receive formally (ie, through the clergy) those who have already been baptized: In place of the rite called the “Order of supplying what was omitted in the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 68

More practical stuff on baptism from the council: The baptismal rite should contain variants, to be used at the discretion of the local ordinary, for occasions when a very large number are to be baptized together. Moreover, a shorter rite … Continue reading

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Statistics and Invitation

One of the things I do like about WordPress is its capability to spout statistics. (Though I do miss the world map of hits in blogspot.) Thanks to the tracking of origins, I learned that my post on a cryptozoology … Continue reading

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A Street Theologian in Whitechapel

There are at least two stories of interest in the November 25 Times. First, Simon Caldwell writes about the Most Rev Pius Ncube, Archbishop of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Much of the story is sadly predictable as it discusses the malnutrition, … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 67

The rite for the baptism of infants is to be revised, and it should be adapted to the circumstance that those to be baptized are, in fact, infants. The roles of parents and godparents, and also their duties, should be … Continue reading

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