Daily Archives: 18 December 2013

Mediator Dei 79-80

Mediator Dei presents more teaching on lay participation in the Mass. First a preamble: 79. The august sacrifice of the altar is, as it were, the supreme instrument whereby the merits won by the divine Redeemer upon the cross are distributed … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Malachi 3:1-7a

Two days before Christmas, the Church assigns Malachi to proclaim the coming messenger of judgment to the people. In the chill of northern winter, we hear of enough heat to refine precious metal. In the Rite of Penance, this is … Continue reading

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On Parenting Daughters

I saw the dotCommonweal post the other day on parenting daughters and the thought that this somehow tilts liberal parents to Douthatism or something. Lots of commentators, especially conservative ones, overlook that morality and ideology are not bedfellows … or bedpersons. … Continue reading

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Putting The Curia To Work

… sacramentally speaking, of course. In this initiative, the pope has to know that the 44 curial officials frequently preside at the Eucharist. Most likely do so daily somewhere or the other. In fact, I’m sure there’s some attention to … Continue reading

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EG 25: Pastoral Activity and Conversion

Sections 25 through 33 of Evangelii Gaudium will review Pope Francis’s thoughts on “Pastoral Activity and Conversion.” 25. I am aware that nowadays documents do not arouse the same interest as in the past and that they are quickly forgotten. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading

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