Monthly Archives: July 2007

Watch Where You’re Pointing That Thing!

Check this out: Before clicking on the link, test yourself to see if you can deduce or guess what’s going on here. 1. Evolutionists have taken over the VLT site in Chile and are trying to destroy evidence the universe … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Double Genuflections

Anybody with any thoughts on this? St Anthony Messenger Online gives this brief, helpful description for the importance of genuflection, noting that it is no longer required by the post-conciliar liturgy. Anybody still double genuflecting?

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Martini: Commonality & Unity Trump Motumania

CNS reports on Cardinal Martini’s assessment of the motu. While he praised the pope for “benevolence,” he won’t be using the extraordinary form: (H)is experience as a bishop convinced him of the importance of a common liturgical prayer to express … Continue reading

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The Pastoral Necessities

  Cantor describes a “rough week” at his parish. His misadventures with various choir members, complainers, passive-aggressives, and the like, are well-worn paths for any music director, of any denomination or Church. I take it from his blog that he … Continue reading

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Motumania Lives

Rita Ferrone’s piece in Commonweal has gotten Jeffrey Tucker’s dander up with its criticism of the motu proprio. What’s this? There’s a problem from the high ground of the culture of complaint? Some surprise that not every Catholic is singing … Continue reading

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Video Contest

Remember all the fuss about the World Youth Day song? Gear up for a bit more. Now you can enter a contest to make a video accompanying the song. Here are the rules from the sponsor, God Squad Communications: – … Continue reading

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Liturgicae Instaurationes 1

As we get into the main body of Liturgicae Instaurationes, we read first of one of the core principles applied to liturgical reform, “noble simplicity.” 1. The new norms have made liturgical formularies, gestures, and actions much simpler, in keeping … Continue reading

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Deathly Hallows

Psst! Don’t tell my wife. I finished the last HP book without her. It’s been seven years of reading since the summer I first gobbled down books one through four. I enjoyed this story. Very much. One howling editing error–a … Continue reading

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Before Mars

I’m reading more about a proposed human mission to a Near Earth Object, one of the numerous bodies which inhabit the neighborhood of Earth’s orbit. Every so often, one of them hits our planet, and it would seem to be … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer and Common European Values

(This is Neil.) I’d like to post once more about Christianity during the Second World War, particularly how the thought of the Kreisau Circle might help us meditate on common European values – a subject of interest, I’m sure, for … Continue reading

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Liturgical Adventures in Iowa

As I was catching up on dotCommonweal today, I read Grant’s post on motumania. I was thinking to a spectacularly uninspiring bit of liturgy my family and I sat through on vacation. My wife, especially, was bitterly disappointed. We both … Continue reading

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New York Speculations

After hitting my favorite science and sports sites last night and this morning, and churning out a liturgy column for my editor, I took the plunge back into the Catholic blogosphere for a dose of Whispers. Rock dishes some Big … Continue reading

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Liturgicae Instaurationes: Introduction, part 3

This post concludes our look at the introduction of Liturgicae Instaurationes. Rome calls out bishops, reminding us of episcopal responsibilities and duties with regard to the oversight of liturgy. What seemed untimely during the process of the Consilium’s assiduous work … Continue reading

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’07 Travelogue 1

This summer’s road trip began only nine days ago, on a hot summer Saturday morning. It was to be less driving and a new direction (north as opposed to east) from last year’s megavacation. We drove up I-35 into Iowa … Continue reading

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Liturgicae Instaurationes: Introduction, part 2

Home from vacation tonight and with the women of the house enjoying a mystery on PBS, I turn to update my internet friends on post-Vatican II liturgical renewal and other aspects of our concluded vacation. We’ve begun to examine the … Continue reading

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