Monthly Archives: April 2011

Hat Tip: Will and Kate

Imagine my surprise when the WordPress site stat page informed me that yesterday was the most popular day yet for Catholic Sensibility. Even beating my shoutout from Andrew Sullivan and my criticism of Miley Cyrus baring her back for Annie … Continue reading

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Four Reasons Why Altars “Turned Around” and Why They Should Stay That Way

In sorting through old files, I ran across an article I penned for a conservative publication that was ultimately rejected. These days the conservatives seem to have given up on me, so I’ll post it here with the interest of … Continue reading

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White Martyrdom

Australian blogger David Timbs comments on the application (or redefinition) of martyrdom to apply to our two most recent popes. Read over the essay, if you would, please, and offer comments there or here. I’m interested to know what others … Continue reading

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Cum Grano Salis

Harry has taken me to task for my representation of the story of a pastor denying a lad First Communion. I welcome such interaction. It’s good for all of us, and good for this blog. I put speculation into some … Continue reading

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Fate Sealed?

Justice Anne Burke penned a Chicago Trib  essay on the Philadelphia cover-up scandal. A scene from Ireland: It was easy to spot the first morning when I made my way to daily Mass. Since it was Lent, I expected to … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 5: Inculturation’s Place in the Church

This is a heavily footnoted section with more than just references. So as not to chop up the text, I’ll leave the full notes at the end of today’s paragraph: 5. Inculturation thus understood has its place in worship as … Continue reading

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Cult of Celebrity in Chicago

The Catholic blogosphere is no doubt rejoicing at this news. Cardinal George on it: A Catholic priest’s inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 4: Preliminary Observations

The remaining five sections of the introduction to VL consist of the CDWDS’s “Preliminary Observations.” As we run through them, we can ask: are they accurate? An inaccurate diagnosis may well lead to principles unsupported by what is true. First … Continue reading

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Mistaken Baptism?

I ran across this piece on a Vietnamese bishop who was arrested for “baptizing” people. I suppose it’s slightly heartening to know that scoffers are less informed about the Mass than Catholics who have been denied the Eucharist. The bishop … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 3:

Under the subheading “Nature of this Instruction,” the CDWDS explains it will take as a starting point the treatment of inculturation at Vatican II, to set out a more precise interpretation and plan for 1994 and beyond, to examine theological … Continue reading

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Easter in the Sweet Garden of God

For staff prayer this morning, I assembled the following psalm and responsory: Psalm 105:1-7 Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name; make known among the peoples his deeds! Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds! Glory in … Continue reading

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Clergy Bumble First Communion

Interesting story. Father Z even backs up the bone-headed notion that human knowledge is ordinarily required for a person to benefit from sacramental life. It’s even more interesting that the priest offered Anointing of the Sick instead of the Eucharist. … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Ups Beatification

The WSJ thinks there’s something to the Brits’ royal wedding upstaging the JP2 beatification. I’m not so sure. The events are two days apart, aren’t they? True believers of the Catholic strain would flock to Rome in any event, wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Cardinal Rigali: Unpopular Across the Board

The NCReg calls out Cardinal Justin Rigali for suspending priests with credible abuse allegations. The “equal treatment” protest rings hollow to me. People who misbehave should be treated differently than the virtuous. Many of the men who were placed on … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 2: “Substantial Unity”

Pope John Paul gets a reference in his approval of inculturation as a principle of liturgical reform: 2. In his apostolic letter Vicesimus Quintus Annus, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II described the attempt to make the liturgy take … Continue reading

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