Daily Archives: 3 December 2009

RCIA 233-236: Confirmation Rituals

The celebration of confirmation is divided into three rituals. RCIA 233 directs the minister of confirmation to address the newly baptized “briefly … in these or similar words”: My dear newly baptized, born again in Christ by baptism, you have … Continue reading

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Should The Irish Bishops Resign?

Archbishop Martin of Dublin has floated the question. Fr Vincent Twomey, an Irish theologian and former student of Pope Benedict is a bit more blunt: (Bishops named in the report) should resign immediately from their current pastoral positions. (T)he longer … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Aunts

Families are strange things. My last two living aunts on my father’s side of the family have passed away in the last month. I was never really close to them for various reasons. But I had a very interesting chat … Continue reading

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Astro-Advent Calendars

There are two of note I suggest you visit daily. The Boston Globe has images from the Hubble Space Telescope from now until Christmas. Closer to home, Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society blog has one of solar system objects. … Continue reading

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Brubeck’s Dreams

A nice profile of Dave Brubeck here at St Anthony Messenger. This bit from the middle of the interview really struck me. When a priest asked him about the lack of a Lord’s Prayer setting in his Mass, To Hope! … Continue reading

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RCIA 231-232: Confirmation

Let’s try to hurdle RCIA’s confirmation in two gulps. Today, a look at two sections of rubrics; tomorrow the rite itself. 231. Between the celebration of baptism and confirmation, the congregation may sing a suitable song. A transitional piece, it … Continue reading

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These sorts of stories are distasteful, but they really should be thought out to their logical conclusion. First, I have to laugh at the Pewsitter headline: Catholics Urge Archbishop Carlson To “Vote” No Communion if She Votes for Abortion Funding … Continue reading

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