Monthly Archives: May 2013

ArchNY Providing, But Under Protest

So the Archdiocese of New York, since late last century, has bought into a health insurance system that provides for contraception and “voluntary” pregnancy termination. Post and discussion at dotCommonweal here. Archbishop Dolan has tempered his rhetoric as of late. … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 90: Propaganda

Moral standards in speaking of another person apply as well to nations: 90. Truth further demands an attitude of unruffled impartiality in the use of the many aids to the promotion and spread of mutual understanding between nations which modern … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell Testifies

CathNews has a list of Australian links connected with Cardinal Pell’s legal testimony this week: Cardinal George Pell admits Church covered up cases of child sex abuse (ABC) Cardinal blames inaction, loose entry standards (SMH) Catholic Church covered up child sex … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 86-89: In Truth

What serve the human race as basic principles for interpersonal conduct, applies as well to nations: 86. The first point to be settled is that mutual ties between States must be governed by truth. Truth calls for the elimination of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

I will tell you upfront: I have a skeptic’s eye when it comes to science fiction and fantasy being adapted for the big screen. I’m usually prepared not to like what I see as excesses of flash over substance, and … Continue reading

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Another One Under The Bus

Archbishop John Myers has ended his public silence on the Michael Fugee affair. He makes reference to another job lost, this time in his chancery: So, effective immediately, the vicar general, Monsignor John E. Doran, has resigned his post and … Continue reading

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Favorite Bible Verse

The favorite Bible verse, as chosen by a four-round, three-way elimination format is Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. How scientific is this result? Not very. 1 Corinthians … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 85: An lmperative of the Common Good

How much more can be said about the common good? Is it just a matter of maximizing happiness of the most citizens most of the time? Pope Pius XII suggests something deeper: 85. But one of the principal imperatives of … Continue reading

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Transits and Other Close Encounters

Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter align low in the Western sky this weekend. If your skies and horizon are clear, you can check a solar system triangle that shifts evening to evening. This conjunction got me thinking … how close do … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Three

Dei Verbum now joins the constitutions on the Church and liturgy as documents with open pages on this site. Check the header above and the side bar to the right. Every post of those three documents has been cleaned up, … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 80-84: Relations Between States

Today in Pacem in Terris, we begin Part III. Let’s leap into international relations: 80. With respect to States themselves, Our predecessors have constantly taught, and We wish to lend the weight of Our own authority to their teaching, that … Continue reading

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Third Glorious Mystery

A few days late, but enjoy Sonata XIII from Heinrich von Biber’s Rosenkranz Sonaten. A student recently introduced me to these works, and I was surprised and deeply moved by this music. I would love to see all fifteen works … Continue reading

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(Watch)Dogging the Atheists

It’s a battle of prayers in the Arizona House. Atheist Rep Juan Mendez on Tuesday: Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads.  I would like to ask you not to bow your heads. I … Continue reading

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Warming the Pro Multis Discussion

After a spate of Pope-Francis-is-really-arch-conservative stories spouting up the past week or two, we get this bombshell from daily Mass yesterday: In a passage that may prompt a theological debate about the nature of salvation, the pontiff also declared that … Continue reading

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Fugee Goes To Jail

I see Michael Fugee, the priest who was once barred from contact with minors, then “supervised” in doing so, then barred again, has landed in jail for violating the agreement that appears to have been binding and unconditional after all. … Continue reading

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