Monthly Archives: May 2011

Why Not Chicago or Kansas City?

CNS has a nice puff piece on how bishops make nice with diocesan review boards. Would have been interesting to ask some big-city archdioceses and a few key hot spots: Chicago, Los Angeles, New Hampshire, Santa Rosa, Kansas City. Can … Continue reading

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My Brother

I received a very unexpected phone call from my sister-in-law shortly after noon. My brother died in an automobile accident this morning. It was good to move back to Iowa three years ago to be closer to him in his … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 29: Different Situations

The CDWDS considers “different situations” through the lens of national conferences and situations. But it acknowledges this can be a difficult discernment: 29. The different situations in which the church finds itself are an important factor in judging the degree … Continue reading

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The End, Or Not

Two questions, one of which is mine: Why do we give these predictions any sort of attention at all? Cathleen Falsani, from RNS: How about an end to end-of-the-world predictions? The good side: this will short-circuit the end of the … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 28: “In their own language”

Section (b) Preliminary Conditions for Inculturation of the Liturgy begins with VL 28. And we have praise for the vernacular: 28. The missionary tradition of the church has always sought to evangelize people in their own language. Often indeed, it … Continue reading

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Abuse Reaches Home

I shared with my wife the horrific news of a priest friend of ours charged with possession of child porn. My daughter overheard it. That was not good. I found the trail on dotCommonweal in one of the usual threads … Continue reading

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Going to Monarch School

Queen Elizabeth’s trip to Ireland wasn’t really on my radar screen. Austen Ivereigh from America: Commentators on both sides of the Irish Sea are unanimous in declaring the Queen’s four-day visit to Ireland, which ended this afternoon, an extraordinary triumph, … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 27: Ordering Liturgy

The Church reinforces good order from the top: 27. In the liturgy the faith of the church is expressed in a symbolic and communitarian form: This explains the need for a legislative framework for the organization of worship, the preparation … Continue reading

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Six-Month “Reflection” for Brit Holy Days

Bishops of England and Wales are “reflecting” for six months to restore Epiphany and Ascension to their proper days, January 6th, and the 40th day of Easter respectively. Archbishop Vin Nichols, speaking for the bishops: We explored both sides of … Continue reading

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New House Chaplain Interviewed

Nancy Haught of the Religion News Service via HuffPo chatted with new House chaplain Patrick Conroy, SJ. Two things of note: How is a chaplain’s role different from that of a pastor? As chaplain, I won’t be responsible for the … Continue reading

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Mass Intention in Print: ObL

A Florida parish lists ObL as a Sunday noon Mass intention. Good idea or not? If your parish is like a lot of mine were, it’s next to impossible to drop a Sunday Mass intention in on a few weeks’ … Continue reading

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An Anglican Take on Bishop Morris

Australia’s Jesuit medium, Eureka Street, has a lead piece from Andrew McGowan, an Anglican theologian. I recommend the whole essay, but here’s the conclusion: The Anglican Communion has been shaken by events and issues, from lay presidency in Sydney to … Continue reading

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Archbishop Dolan on Causes and Context

The archbishop has released a statement on the report he and his brother bishops commissioned from the John Jay College. Illustrative was his poke at critics of bishops, plus this paragraph: The information provided in the Causes and Context study … Continue reading

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Orphans Far From Stars

When God spoke to Abram of many descendants, his reference was astronomical: Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so, shall your descendants be. (Gen 15:5b) Count the planets, if you can: that would … Continue reading

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Varietates Legitimae 26: Sacramentals and Sacraments

Aside from the celebration of Mass, there are important traditions, seemingly not founded from Christ himself, or from Scripture, which state and reinforce unity, nd which are assumed to be grounded in the apostolic tradition: 26. The church of Christ … Continue reading

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