Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mediator Dei 145-146

Pope Pius XII emphasizes interiority again. This time, in connection with the daily prayer of the Church: 145. To this lofty dignity of the Church’s prayer, there should correspond earnest devotion in our souls. For when in prayer the voice … Continue reading

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EG 62: A Pope’s Perspective, Standing with Africa and Asia

Is Pope Francis’ assessment accurate? 62. In the prevailing culture, priority is given to the outward, the immediate, the visible, the quick, the superficial and the provisional. What is real gives way to appearances. Does this ring true, an emphasis … Continue reading

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Pope To Canon Lawyers: You Are Pastors

Pope Francis addressing the Roman Rota: You are essentially pastors. As you carry out your judicial work, do not forget that you are pastors. Behind every file, every position, every case, there are persons who wait for justice.

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Chicago Commentary

Grant Gallicho is not letting up on bishops. He blogs today about two priests allowed to go free in Chicago despite recommendations otherwise from review boards. From the conclusion: The church has learned a lot since the 2002 wave of … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 142-144

More on the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office, as many of you know. A basic definition, which doesn’t include the laity: 142. The divine office is the prayer of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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That War On Aspiration

I thought about it, but at first I wasn’t going to blog on this. Peter Nixon (for more than a decade, one of the people who have mastered this thing called blogging) on Adam Shaw’s “War on Aspiration”: I generally don’t … Continue reading

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A Little Confusing

dotCommonweal, linked the NYT feature on turmoil at Seattle’s Eastside Catholic. It’s like a chain of dominos: a married gay teacher, a chairman of the board, and this week, the president. The same president who supposedly offered divorce as a … Continue reading

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EG 61: Some Cultural Challenges

In sections 61 through 67 in Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis discusses “Some cultural challenges.” Let’s get started today with the read: 61. We also evangelize when we attempt to confront the various challenges which can arise.[Cf. Propositio 13] On occasion these … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 140-141

Pope Pius XII offers a bit of background on the Liturgy of the Hours. I would think that bishops would be familiar with this. 140. Public and common prayer offered to God by all at the same time was customary … Continue reading

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EG 60: Consumption and Corruption

Pope Francis offers a searing assessment of the feedback loop in today’s world culture. The solution is not to make poor people more like the rich: more greedy, lustful, and eager to amass things and use people to achieve those … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 138-139

What is our aim in liturgy? No less than union with God. This is accomplished not only in the Eucharist, but also in the entire liturgical life of the Church: 138. The ideal of Christian life is that each one … Continue reading

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Fr Pavone Settles

After friction with a few bishops over the past several years, Fr Frank Pavone is back in good standing. David Gibson at RNS has a feature up today. Good for Fr Pavone. His situation strikes me as similar to John … Continue reading

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Aparecida 28-29: Joyful Missionary Disciples

Reading the Aparecida document, many times one can find themes which are central to Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, especially in this section of the Aparecida document, entitled “The Joy of Being Disciples and Missionaries of Jesus Christ.” The first … Continue reading

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EG 59: Leading To Violence

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium discusses “No to the inequality which spawns violence.” It’s a message that needs preaching. There is no escape from sin and violence inside gated compounds. For decades (at least) people have been willing to blame all … Continue reading

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Cardinal Watch

Honduras’s octocardinal, Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has been getting headlines for what I was reading as a “brotherly” pushback against CDF head and cardinal-to-be Gerhard Müller. I counted no less than nine headers at conservative outlet Pewsitter. John Allen picks up the original … Continue reading

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