Monthly Archives: May 2013

More Documents

The Vatican II bishops issued four constitutions, nine decrees, and three declarations. The four constitutions are considered the foundation works of the Council. They are joined in the sidebar by three declarations now, the ones on relations with non-Christian religions, … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 98-99: Active Solidarity

We think of military alliances, traditionally. But the truth is that international cooperation in those listed categories is quite strong in places. 98. Since relationships between States must be regulated in accordance with the principles of truth and justice, States … Continue reading

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Narthex Panorama

This is from the last 7pm Mass of the semester, about fifteen minutes after Mass. It’s nice to be back from exile, mainly because people have more reason for the post-liturgical buzz. You get the baptismal font, the Story Wall, … Continue reading

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A Bishop Backs The Bus

David Gibson reports at RNS: The nuns are back on the bus, this time riding for immigration reform. My story is here, but just as interesting is that they seem to be drawing support from their erstwhile antagonists, the bishops. … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes Up

Six down, ten to go. Introducing the newlyt organized page for AdĀ Gentes. Over the years, Neil and I have contributed a handful of essays on many of the Vatican II documents. But not on Ad Gentes, at least none that … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 97: A Cautionary Note

Does this cautionary note ring true, do you think? Read it: 97. It is worth noting, however, that these minority groups, in reaction, perhaps, to the enforced hardships of their present situation, or to historical circumstances, frequently tend to magnify … Continue reading

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A Few Space Things

Another Carnival of Space, the 303rd, is up. They linked my post on planets from last week. I’ve been keeping up with the Astronomy Picture of the Day. I hope you have that site bookmarked for a daily read. I’ve … Continue reading

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The young miss had some stomach upset yesterday. This has been a long and demanding school year for her. From the low of losing one of her pets Monday to birthday Tuesday, it wasn’t a total surprise that on top … Continue reading

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A Tidy Right Column

The fifth Vatican II page is now up, Nostra Aetate. Individual posts cleaned up a bit and standardized with indented quotes. Some of the older Vatican II posts were on the original blogspot site. They didn’t always make it to … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 94-96: The Treatment of Minorities

If this was a problem in the previous two centuries, it certainly has not been alleviated in the world in this one: 94. A special instance of this clash of interests is furnished by that political trend (which since the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 1:14-15

I thought that to complement the Last Words of Jesus, that an interesting devotional or musical exercise would be to meditate on the First Words. In Mark’s Gospel, those words are simple, direct, and challenging: After John had been arrested, … Continue reading

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Another Vatican II Page Up

Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World is the last of the Big Four conciliar documents to have a fully linked page of edited posts. The page can be accessed through the header, … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 91-93: In Justice

Today in Pacem in Terris, justice is not just a matter for individuals: 91. Relations between States must furthermore be regulated by justice. This necessitates both the recognition of their mutual rights, and, at the same time, the fulfilment of … Continue reading

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17, Just

The young miss wanted to open birthday cards and presents at 6:15AM. I pulled this up from YouTube. And I was thinking back to this dance episode from many, many years ago: I didn’t ask her why she was wearing … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Great Ship, Long Lives, and Short Fiction

I’ve been a fan of Robert Reed’s Great Ship stories for many years. Granted, the novelsĀ are not the absolute best. Though they are very good, I thought they could have been better. More successful are Mr Reed’s short fiction pieces. … Continue reading

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