Monthly Archives: March 2013


At this morning’s funeral, I noted the nice speaking voice of the first lector, who was assigned Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. She was also fast. It might have been nervous fast, as she seemed to slow her pace by the end of … Continue reading

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The Unanswered Question

From David Gibson at RNS, Reuters correspondent Phil Pullella to Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi SJ: The American cardinals did not leak anything in their briefings. The Italian cardinals did leak and are continuing to leak things outside the General Congregations. Does … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 14:2-10

As we progress through the season of Lent, many of the readings proclaimed are also found in the Rite of Penance. Tomorrow’s first reading is one of them. Some prophets were too young, one was branded on the lips, and one … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Feed The Lions …

Nice quote from Fr Thomas Reese, NCRep correspondent in Rome: If the Vatican won’t give the media proper information, then all the creative writing and conspiracy theories start coming out. You have got to feed the lions – if not … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 18:21-35

Jesus tells a delicious parable at Mass tomorrow. Fifteen verses are more than you care to read or that I might care to cut and paste into this post, but you all know what I’m talking about. Read up on … Continue reading

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Too Much Information

Too much for sure from the Vatican’s viewpoint. The Frequently Misspelled One broadcasts that the Vatican wanted him to come to Rome. Insisted: Without my even having to inquire, the nuncio in Washington phoned me a week or so ago … Continue reading

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Into Silence

In many previous Lents, I’ve left the car radio dial alone. cd player too. It’s an offshoot of my longtime practice of heading home from retreat in a silent car. This year, too, but with an addition. I’ve always been … Continue reading

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Where Is Virtue?

I have high hopes for this month’s conclave. I really do. March 11th, I see. Enough time for a few days of voting, then get the new pope fitted for Holy Week vestments. Against a baseline of the life of … Continue reading

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Addendum For Bishops

I was reading about Bishop Robert Vasa’s “addendum” he is presenting to teacher contracts in his diocese. This is the same diocese where the previous bishop allowed a known predator to go unreported long enough to flee the country. I wonder if … Continue reading

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Survivor Fatigue

I’m not surprised activists pounding on the Church’s lack of accountability have gotten tired over the past eleven years. It’s a thankless job. It’s as complex a tangle of issues as one can find. And there’s likely differences of opinion … Continue reading

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