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 letteredĀ the first posts onĀ 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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