Monthly Archives: October 2013

Redemptionis Sacramentum 174-175

A brief subchapter on “Other Abuses.” Not much being said here, except that RS isn’t comprehensive in the problems it lists, and that other problems not listed or not foreseen should be addressed. [174.] Furthermore, those actions that are brought … Continue reading

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GMD 116: Ecumenism

Let’s wrap up this chapter devoted to goal number two (GMD 104-116). In the last few posts in this series, we’ve looked at inactive believers, other Christians, and multicultural situations. The final listed task under the invitation to everyone in America … Continue reading

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Long Songs II: “Frozen Love”

Among rock guitarists, I’ve long admired the skills of Lindsey Buckingham above many other guitarists. He has some distinguishing traits, most notably playing with fingers rather than the flatpick. It was no accident that Fleetwood Mac took off after he … Continue reading

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Conflicts and Tensions in Church Music

One more thing about that Joseph Swain interview in CWR. He mentions three “conflicts” at the conclusion of the chat. I think I see them as more tensions. But yes, in some places, especially on the internet, conflict breaks out. … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 172-173

You can read up on what Cardinal William Levada, the last CDF head, had to say about graviora delicta (grave crimes). RS 172 treats with matters largely that only priests can do The footnotes are rather large, so I left them … Continue reading

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GMD 115: Cultural Diversity

Engaging cultures other than that of the dominant English-speaking, European-tinged majority: this is seen as worth its own objective. To foster cultural diversity within the unity of the Church The bishops give a series of possible strategies to accomplish cultural … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Mediator Dei

In one of the Chant Cafe threads this week, Kathy Pluth brought out Mediator Dei to explore the notion of participation and to delve deeper into what the council bishops of 1963 might have been thinking when they emphasized active participation in … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 169-171

Chapter VIII deals with “Remedies.” It is the final chapter of Redemptionis Sacramentum and will take us through numbered sections 169 through 184. The end is in sight. [169.] Whenever an abuse is committed in the celebration of the sacred … Continue reading

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Analyzing Folk Music

In medicine, diagnosis is essential. Doctors missed my mother’s heart disease because they were treating her as a female man. They looked at her symptoms in the 90′s, and saw anemia. So she was medicated for anemia and it caused … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 46:3-4

A brief passage here, taken out of context of a larger narrative in Isaiah 46 in which pagan gods are mocked for being empty and powerless statues, dependent on human beings to carry them from place to place. God, however, … Continue reading

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GMD 114: Unchurched People

What about people who don’t go to church, and possibly never have? This section also advocates “programs” to reach out to people who are nominally Christian, but the fire of the Gospel has never been set in their souls. The … Continue reading

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Seven-Planet System

Ever hear of the star KIC 11442793? Me either. It’s over 14 quadrillion miles away–a good bet that none of us have ever been there. It now hold the current record of seven planets in orbit. That we know of. … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Celebrates the Last Sunday in October

This weekend is “Priesthood Sunday.” Is your parish doing anything about it? Check Archbishop Gregory’s thoughts on it. I found a parish in which the pastor wrote up something big in the church bulletin last weekend. Is that kind of … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 43:1-3a

Two of the most loved songs in Catholic liturgy (“Be Not Afraid,” “You Are Mine”) are based on this same passage in Isaiah. The message of comfort clearly speaks to many in the modern age. The excerpt I’ve used at … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 168

Let’s wrap up the discussion on the situation of no resident pastor. Although the Church recognizes the eternal nature of ordination (usually) it restricts the employment of priests who are prohibited from exercising the ministries of their office. Hence this … Continue reading

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