Monthly Archives: May 2008

A New Kind of Right-Wing Politics

This phenomenon just slays me. Enterprising conservatives scour the net for more crazy Obama supporters. Clearly, they have no leg to stand on when it comes to real issues. Activist bishops are going to push all the abortion fence-sitters into … Continue reading

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Ad Pascendum B: “The Deacon’s Ministries”

The introduction to Pope Paul’s second motu proprio on the permanent diaconate continues in a vein somewhat foreign to most Catholics. Here is presented the notion that a deacon is connected to his bishop: Furthermore, when the writers of the … Continue reading

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Back To Square One

Speaking for the off-computer life, it’s been a fun week. Really. The last week of school hit on Tuesday with the young miss hurling her breakfast less than a half-hour into the school day. She was fine to get back … Continue reading

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Paul’s Sunday Conversion

This news bit dovetails with the commentary on moving special observances to Sundays in parishes. In 2009, 25 January will fall on a Sunday. As part of the special Pauline year, the day’s feast of Conversion of Paul may be … Continue reading

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FIYH 13: Representation

Preaching from Catholic pulpits is soft, some critics suggest, full of warm fuzzies and inanities. The bishops were aware of an undercurrent of concern and affliction that ties down believers, as opposed to a certain cultural ethic seducing people with … Continue reading

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Ad Pascendum A: Historical Roots

The 1972 motu proprio, Ad Pascendum “Containing Norms for the Order of Diaconate,” includes a long unnumbered introduction. For the sake of clarity, I’ve lettered the first posts on the apostolic letter. This introduction makes a Biblical and Patristic case for the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Handling Solemnities at Daily Mass

Tomorrow is the solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Here’s a relatively calm purple chair issue for y’all. When a special liturgical observance like tomorrow’s falls on a weekday, what happens at your parish? What do you think should happen? In … Continue reading

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Carnival of Space #56

Darnell Clayton hosts this week’s carnival at the Lifeboat Foundation blog. Mars is the big story, naturally, but the universe is much bigger than a dry-ish small planet on the inner edge of an asteroid belt.

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FIYH 12: Preacher As Mediator of Meaning

Lots of ink and byte-space is expended to emphasize the priest as acting in the person of Christ, but the bishops develop the notion of the preacher as a mediator: [12] The person who preaches in the context of the … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 36: Conclusion

We come to the end of our examination of Pope Paul VI’s motu proprio, SDO, and its basic prescriptions for reviving the order of deacon. 36. Finally as regards the rite to be followed in conferring the sacred order of … Continue reading

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Criticism, Cynicism, Skepticism

I’ve been following the discussions on various sites about the possibility of lay people criticizing bishops. Is it good? Is it helpful? Is it a scandal? Is it needed? Is it even relevant? One blogger counts it as “useful evidence … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface

Nancy Atkinson at Universe Today tells us why the Phoenix lander nailed the perfect landing spot in the search for subsurface water. Take a Martian arctic scene, add some water and you get a terrestrial Arctic landscape of permafrost. The … Continue reading

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Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem 32-35: Deacons In Religious Life

SDO treats the issue of deacons within religious orders. I confess my own ignorance on this practice. Is it widespread at all? The liturgical and teaching role within a community is clear enough. Many orders practice an apostolate in line … Continue reading

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Planet In The Nebula

William Herschel coined the term “planetary nebula” for those cloudy objects found in 18th century telescopes that resembled planets. These nebulae (from the Latin for “cloud”) were in fact shells of gas and dust blown from stars near the end … Continue reading

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FIYH 10-11: Common Faith

The bishops lay out a definition of “commoon faith,” or that grounding we all share as Catholics that can and should be presumed by the local preacher: [10] To say that a community shares a common faith is to say that … Continue reading

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