Monthly Archives: February 2013

Why One, Not The Other Too?

Cardinal Mahony gets fussed at for planning to vote. What about Cardinal Rigali? Hardly a fuss has been raised about his participation. While I’m certainly sympathetic to the feelings and aims of child-protection and anti-mismanagement Catholics, I’m not sure much … Continue reading

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Cardinal Turkson Doesn’t Get It

RNS linked Cardinal Peter Turkson’s CNN interview. He steered the conversation well from the political concerns of the day, and focused on the essential of the Gospel. And this, at the 7:05 (question)/7:31 (answer) mark: When Amanpour asked Turkson about the … Continue reading

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Beyond Humiliation, the Curia

If Cardinal Mahony had come out on his own blog about the smail’s pace of the curia in dealing with priest predators, it might have come across as somewhat self-serving. I’m inclined to think there’s blame to spread around, if … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 51:3-5

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. *Thoroughly wash me from my guilt, and of my sin cleanse me. For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is … Continue reading

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Will The Conservatives Ever Be Happy?

Quick answer: no. Remember this pic of exultant sems in Rome? The party was almost over the day after Habemus Papam. I suspect that nothing would have satisfied the Catholic Right, especially many of the folks who inhabited the internet … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Colossians 1:12-14

One of the short Scripture passages given in the Rite of Penance (81) is this powerful piece from Saint Paul’s introduction to his letter to the Colossians. Scripture geeks may notice that these three verses precede the christological hymn of … Continue reading

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He-Said/She-Said on the Next Pope

Did the WaPo set up this mismatch? Not so much a mismatch, really, as the classic Catholic conversation across the divide: liberals and conservatives talking past each other. Ashley McGuire zeroes in on the “fun stuff.” James Salt offers a list of … Continue reading

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A Coming Break

From, news from outside of Asia–it’s more pope news. From Federico Lombardi, SJ: The Constitution says that the Conclave begins between 15 and 20 days after the death of the pope, to give the Cardinals time to get to … Continue reading

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More Solar System Drama

My second Solar System science fiction book in the past four months: Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds. I first read two or three of his early novels about a decade ago. Last appearance on my bookshelf was about five … Continue reading

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Gaillardetz on B16

Commonweal turns the page back eight years to five writers who presented their hopes and expectations of the papacy of Benedict XVI, just starting that Easter of 2005. What are their thoughts today, at the conclusion of this papacy? This … Continue reading

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Once-In-A-Century Fireball

Universe Today has amazing video footage from many sources of the meteor’s encounter with Russia. This might convince a few doubters it’s a very good idea to track as much space stuff as we possibly can.

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Ending A Part of the Burke Legacy

Archbishop Robert Carlson has decided to end the fight “to the Supreme Court” to regain control of the renegade St Stanislaus Parish in his see city. This lets stand last March’s ruling, blogged about here. The tussle began years ago when … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

It’s one of the most cited “new” Scripture passages of the past generation, “Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live.” The pro-life setting is a different context, somewhat, from the original. The lectionary gives a bit more. … Continue reading

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It’s Lent

The Roman Missal, though giving us “purple” days, lists today as “Ash Wednesday” and the next three days simply as Thursday/Friday/Saturday after Ash Wednesday. Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, and the weekdays are identified according to the Sunday … Continue reading

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What Is The Benedict Legacy on Sex Abuse & Cover-Up?

Middle-Eastern tribal traditions get something of a pass in the Old Testament for patriarchs from Abraham to Solomon. Multiple wives, concubines, and the royal treatment do not exactly match up the Christian ideal of one man, one woman. Such were … Continue reading

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