Daily Archives: 24 July 2014

Interviewing Vatican Astronomers

America has a nice brief interview with two American Jesuits in Italy, at the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo. Astronomer Guy Consolmagno is the recent recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal. Paul Mueller is the head of the Jesuit community … Continue reading

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DPPL 2-3: Councils, Popes, and Bishops on Liturgy and Popular Piety

Let’s finish up the introduction to the introduction of the curia’s Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL), looking at the relationship between liturgy (the Mass, the sacraments, and the Divine Office) and ritual expressions of piety among the laity. … Continue reading

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Simulating Rosetta

Space simulation online has come a long way in two decades. I remember the very primitive sites in the late 90’s–attempts to render the real solar system as well as imagined ones. Fun to play with. Michael Sadlon emailed me … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, From The Heavens

The conclusion of Isaiah 55 was recently a first reading for an ordinary Sunday. Like the other sections of this chapter, it has inspired much sacred music. Let’s read, then discuss, and perhaps offer a conclusion or two. For just as from … Continue reading

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Journalist Madeleine Baran has a devastating four-part series that finished posting at MPR today. It’s not pretty, and it paints the last three Twin Cities archbishops in a very unflattering–but deserved–light. I’m sure it makes Minnesota Catholics wonder about their … Continue reading

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Aparecida 60 – Economics and Globalization

As part of their effort to “see” the reality of Latin America, before judging, and making proposals for action, the bishops examine the economy. The bishops see the economic situation of Latin America and the Caribbean in the light of … Continue reading

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

It takes a few years for Hindi language films to get to the public library in Iowa. I’m not yet one of the 50 million Netflixers–still watching movies the old fashioned way: putting discs into optical scanning bays on a … Continue reading

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EG 256: Challenges To Religion

In our second of three posts to look at religious freedom in Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis criticizes those who wrongly assume all people of faith, even all people of the same faith, are alike. 256. When considering the effect of religion … Continue reading

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