Monthly Archives: September 2014

DPPL 76: A Basis For A Relationship

Chapter Three treats “Theological Principles for an Evaluation and Renewal of Popular Piety.” How can we interpret that title? That the institutional church wants to steer people to piety, but a piety that is based on official stuff, like liturgy. The subtitle reminds … Continue reading

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Investigation

I doubt the recent letter was the impetus for a visitation in the Kansas City-St Joseph diocese. It must have been in the works a bit longer than that. Still, it seems significant that an archbishop from another country was … Continue reading

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DPPL 75: General Principles for the Renewal of Pious Exercises

With today’s post, we finish up Chapter Two, which examined liturgy and popular piety as taught by the modern Magisterium. We’ll let the document summarize what has been written in the previous fifteen numbered sections: 75. The Apostolic See has … Continue reading

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A Few Surprises

On the drive from the airport last Wednesday, my brother detoured us through our old neighborhood. A few things surprised me. First, the trees are back. When we moved into our house in 1967, the street was shaded by several … Continue reading

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DPPL 73-74: Liturgy and Pious Exercises

A restatement of the exact relationship between liturgy and other public forms of piety: 73. The Church’s teaching on the relationship of Liturgy and pious exercises may be summarized as follows: the Sacred Liturgy, in virtue of its very nature, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: A Last Optional Word

At PrayTell, they are discussing an introduction to the Mass of the day. I’m not a fan of the practice. But as an alternative, what do you make of an introduction back into the world for worshipers? After the Mass announcements … Continue reading

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DPPL 72: Pious Exercises a Part of Worship

When pious exercises and liturgy combine: 72. Pious exercises are part of Christian worship. The Church has always been attentive to ensure that God is glorified worthily through them, and that (the believer) derives spiritual benefit from them and is … Continue reading

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