Monthly Archives: July 2010

OCF 48: Funeral Rites for Children

OCF 234 through 342 are devoted to special texts and adaptations for the funerals of children, including infants. This shouldn’t be surprising considering the post-conciliar reforms designed to direct rituals for common practices (Baptism) for children, as well as a … Continue reading

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Clarity and Consequences

My college friend Joe Ganem posts on the BP oil spill. He doesn’t blog often, but his analysis is clear and insightful. His conclusion skewers the lawless state of affairs at the corporate pinnacle: Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of … Continue reading

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OCF 47: Rite of Committal

OCF sections 204 through 233 cover two forms of the final act of reverence toward the body of the deceased (but not those two forms): 47. The section entitled “Rite of Committal” includes two forms of the rite of committal, … Continue reading

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Vatican 50 Cent

While not a member of the European Union, Vatican City does mint EU coins. The EU has told the Vatican to more than double its annual production of coins from €1,074,000 to €2,300,000.  Part of the agreement includes a stipulation … Continue reading

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Movers and Shakers at Liturgy

The parish SBS (Summer Bible School) finished up tonight with a family event: Mass, followed by an ice cream reception in the parish hall. While we are a student parish, we also have about eight-hundred “regular” households–many of them with … Continue reading

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Who Should Be The Patron Saint of Soccer?

Here’s a good question for the sports-minded. An Austrian journalist and (of course) the Salesian News Agency are promoting Saint John Bosco. It’s probably not lofty enough for John Paul II, who still awaits official sainthood. He was a very … Continue reading

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Where Is She?

She’s at camp this week. Even the pets are bothered by her absence. Last night three cats and a dog were staring at me, as if to say, “Where is she?” Count usually settles with the family member in need of … Continue reading

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OCF 46: Funeral Liturgy

Two forms of the “funeral liturgy” are possible: 46. The section entitled “Funeral Liturgy” provides two forms of the funeral liturgy, the central celebration of the Christian community for the deceased: “Funeral Mass” and Funeral Liturgy outside Mass.” When one … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Good To Go With MR3

Can’t fault the New Zealand bishops for a lack of zeal. They’re ready to go with the new English translation in Advent 2010. (Thanks, PrayTell for the tip.) Even diddling and fiddling from Rome won’t stop these folks. There’s a … Continue reading

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OCF 45: Vigil and Related Rites

The Church gives two options for the Vigil and three possible rites for use with the family and close friends. Let’s read: 45. The section entitled “Vigil and Related Rites and Prayers” includes rites that may be celebrated between the … Continue reading

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SLJ’s In Concert

I received an e-mail asking me about a St Louis Jesuit benefit concert back in my last city. Cristo Rey schools: can’t go wrong with that cause, even if you get nothing in return. Interesting that you can get tix … Continue reading

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A Third Way: The Desperate Insistence

Vincent Miller has an insightful piece up on America’s In All Things blog. He wonders about cluelessness as one of two choices for discerning the “law and orders” crackdown: It shows that the Vatican is either profoundly clueless about the … Continue reading

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OCF 43-44: Selection of Rites

Sections 43 through 49 give a brief overview of the rites contained in this document: 43. The Order of Christian Funerals makes provisions for the minister, in consultation with the family, to choose those rites and texts that are most … Continue reading

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Law and Orders

Lots of ink and tap type expended on the confluence of women’s ordination and sex abuse in the Vatican’s get-tough “revised norms” this week. Agreed with those who think the confluence is clumsy. After all, haven’t women already been getting … Continue reading

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OCF 42: Processions

The use of motor vehicles and the spread from villages and towns dampens this neat description of the place of funeral processions in our Christian heritage, but it’s a good expression nonetheless, for catechesis if nothing else: 42. Processions continue … Continue reading

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