Monthly Archives: July 2011

Tripping Over Celebrities

I’m no fan of the Remnant, but frequent visitor David Dinoso alerted me to this opinion essay/advertising piece outlining a rather alarming line-up of EWTN celebrity-priests who have landed in trouble over the past decade-plus. The interesting thing about this … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 11

Speaking of the pastoral plan for the use of vernacular language(s) in a country, a lot of practical considerations: 11. In this plan, a clear distinction is to be made also between those languages, on the one hand, that are … Continue reading

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Things I Do For Love

Long day today. Every summer, I promise the young miss a day at some park of amusement. Today was the day to brave 106 central Iowa HX and smash my brains on roller coasters. Maintaining my diet was in one … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 10

Section I begins with a heading “ON THE CHOICE OF VERNACULAR LANGUAGES TO BE INTRODUCED INTO LITURGICAL USE.” That will cover sections 10 through 18–a little more than a week’s worth of blogging. Let’s begin with a plan, and the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Running On or Careful Spacing

I once worked with a priest who liked one part of the Mass to flow seamlessly into the other. He would often roll smoothly from the  opening dialogue into the penitential rite. Another preference was to begin the Creed while … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 9

All that we’ve covered so far in this document is in the introductory section. Today we wrap that up: 9. When it may be deemed appropriate by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, a text … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: John 12:23-28

When a minister works with a grieving family on preparing the funeral liturgy, there are a few distinct approaches when it comes to selecting Scripture readings. Perhaps it is appropriate to find something suggestive of the deceased. The just man … Continue reading

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Ten Points, Stumble on Number 5

Mark Miravalle offered ten points of “just response” to the scandal of the abuse of children and the cover-up of bishops. I note without further comment that as he delves into his points, he gets more wordy. I want to … Continue reading

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Do Addicts Get Off Easy?

Before the comboxes fog with any public misperception of addiction, and for the sake of clarifying my own take on personal responsibility, I offer the 12 Steps with some appropriate links: Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 8

Except for the last document we examined, LA supercedes Comme Le Prevoit and any other prior legislation on translation: 8. The norms set forth in this Instruction are to be substituted for all norms previously published on the matter, with … Continue reading

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What Copernicus and Kepler Can Teach Us About Clergy Abuse

Retrograde motion–the observation that Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn occasionally backtrack in their movement against the background stars–was an early problem for the theory (simply illustrated above where the Earth is the red dot in the middle) that the Earth was … Continue reading

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Recollecting an Injury

  I was researching some texts for a prayer service, and I found this wise and thoughtful excerpt from a letter of Saint Francis Paola in LTP’s Reconciliation Sourcebook: Put aside your hatred and animosity. Take pains to refrain from sharp … Continue reading

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Confess Or Be Slapped

UCA columnist Fr William Grimm muses about the “recurring case of the idiot priest.” I had not caught this sacramental story from India: The police said as per the complaint, Father Paul Pulikottil, the Vicar of the nearby Vadookara Little … Continue reading

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What About Cru?

My colleagues around the university were probably more in the know about this change. An interesting attempt to be relevant, don’t you think? From the web site: We were not trying to eliminate the word Christ from our name. We … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 7

This section, building on the previous ones in the introductory passages of LA, sets out the program for change for what is to follow, both in this document and in future liturgical translations: 7. For these reasons, it now seems … Continue reading

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