Daily Archives: 30 December 2013


I agree with practically a fraction of Ross Douthat’s opinions, but his review of his top-3 misreads of 2013 was an interesting voyeuristic experience of another person’s confession. On Pope Francis, his number two: I made two claims: first, that … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 101

I also thought MD 100 was a little foggy about the transition between preaching sin with the laity and the sanctification and cooperation of the clergy with the grace of Christ. Pope Pius XII here suggests the externals of the … Continue reading

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Top Ten 2013 Visits

One might think this is just your average liberal Catholic troublemaking blog, given the traffic we have, and that we used to have. The truth is that most of the people who visit these pages are, by far, planning weddings … Continue reading

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Placing Apostrophes and the Grill

The Hawaii Catholic Herald interviewed two composers three months ago on the eve of the big liturgy conference out there in the Pacific. CNS picked up a slice of the story today. These stories behind the music–I find them fascinating. … Continue reading

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Msgr Lynn In Limbo

After eighteen months in prison, Msgr William Lynn, national Catholic scapegoat, will endure another twist in his landmark case. If someone can guarantee a quarter of a million in dollars, he will be freed, pending a resolution of the mess … Continue reading

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EG 36: Hierarchy of Truths

The principle of the hierarchy of truths is not novel to Pope Francis. In¬†Evangelii Gaudium¬†today: 36. All revealed truths derive from the same divine source and are to be believed with the same faith, yet some of them are more … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 100

An interesting “pastoral” approach: emphasize other people’s sinfulness. The root of the sex abuse cover-up? Not attending to one’s own plank? You discern: 100. This we are also taught by those exhortations which the Bishop, in the Church’s name, addresses … Continue reading

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Church Attendance: Checking It Once

I saw a headliner at Pewsitter about the president not going to church on Christmas. The NYT backs that up. Conservative Catholics probably weren’t watching their Evangelical Christian allies so closely. Sometimes they don’t even hold services when Christmas falls … Continue reading

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