Daily Archives: 18 June 2009

RCIA 77: The Bishop And The Catechumenate

How long, really, is the catechumenate, and who decides? 77. It is the responsibility of the bishop to fix the duration and to direct the program of the catechumenate. The conference of bishops, after considering the conditions of its people … Continue reading

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Kindly Grandfathers or Unfocused Assertiveness?

It almost seems as if the latest USCCB meeting has snuck into Texas with all the fanfare of an illegal border crossing from the other side. I don’t see too much blogging on it. (I could be reading the wrong … Continue reading

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New CDWDS Secretary

The rumor has been so persistent, the actual announcement may have been something of a let-down, but another American is heading to Rome for duty in the curia. He seems to be well-regarded in many circles. His Dominican background is … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Fathers and Mothers

Looking over my archives this morning, I can’t believe I’ve never posted on this question before, at least in the “Armchair Liturgist” tradition. So, my friends, take the purple chair and rule benevolently and theologically on the observance of Mother’s … Continue reading

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Marian Hymns at the Mass

A generation ago, the main fault line in Catholic liturgical music was instrumentation. I remember a discernment retreat in which a seminarian-to-be commented, “Oh no! We’re not having any of that,” when he noticed I was carrying a guitar case … Continue reading

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