Monthly Archives: December 2006

Football and Hockey and Football

Another weekend of the football faithful wearing red proudly in the Heartland. Along with the Chiefs win today, three other results had to line up just right for the local team to make the playoffs. And they did. With fortune … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Songs on January 1

What do you think, my friends? How much Marian music do you program tomorrow? How much Christmas music? Is anybody still putting in a plug for world peace?

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Orientalium Ecclesiarum 3

These individual Churches, whether of the East or the West, although they differ somewhat among themselves in rite (to use the current phrase), that is, in liturgy, ecclesiastical discipline, and spiritual heritage, are, nevertheless, each as much as the others, … Continue reading

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Has AED Come to Your Parish?

We set up ours about two years ago. No need to use it just yet, but Catholic News Hub reports on a Wisconsin parish that used it to save a life. Just as he does every Saturday, John Fazer went … Continue reading

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Saturn in 2006

  On the Cassini site this week, a series of movies, moon maps, 3-D images (where are those glasses?) and other astronomical goodies. While browsing in a bookstore yesterday, I saw this coffee table volume with extremely beautiful pictures. What’s … Continue reading

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Orientalium Ecclesiarum 2

We begin the main body of Orientalium Ecclesiarum with a first section entitled, “The Individual Churches or Rites.” The Holy Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ, is made up of the faithful who are organically united in … Continue reading

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Orientalium Ecclesiarum 1: Preamble

Let’s start our examination of the Decree on Eastern Rite Catholic Churches, Orientalium Ecclesiarum. This document was promulgated near the end of Vatican II’s third session, 21 November 1964. Let’s keep in mind we are not dealing with Orthodox Christianity … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium Appendix

This question is far less in vogue among world organizers these days, but it was a significant step in 1963: The Second Ecumenical Sacred Council of the Vatican, recognizing the importance of the wishes expressed by many concerning the assignment … Continue reading

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“If you haven’t got a haypenny God bless you”

This coin, along with the copper large cent, were among the first official issues of the new federal mint in Philadelphia in 1793. Despite a popularity of copper coins among American collectors, the half cent series (1793-1857) has never caught … Continue reading

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Freddy the Pig

During the shopping adventures of Advent, I ran across a handful of Freddy the Pig titles in the Half Price Books. I’m pleased all of the Walter Brooks detective pig series is back in print. If you like children’s literature, … Continue reading

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Vatican II in 2007

Before I get to bed tonight, let me outline the Vatican II plan for Catholic Sensibility in the new year. I hope to continue one or two-a-day posting on the last of the Vatican II documents we have yet to … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 130

It is fitting that the use of pontificals be reserved to those ecclesiastical persons who have episcopal rank or some particular jurisdiction. Okay. Liam may be able to provide some background of substance on this one. This small section also … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 129

It’s been a tough enough road to get music education into seminaries. How many have a single course in sacred art history? During their philosophical and theological studies, clerics are to be taught about the history and development of sacred … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 128

And we get to the issue of reform: Along with the revision of the liturgical books, as laid down in Art. 25, there is to be an early revision of the canons and ecclesiastical statutes which govern the provision of … Continue reading

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Cardinal at the Prison

Cardinal Sean seems to be continuing his blogging effort. I’m going to have to visit there more often. Last week, he posted on his recent visit to prison and recounted an early experience in ministry: As I mentioned before, I … Continue reading

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