Monthly Archives: September 2014

War Is … Fill In The Blank

Evangelical conservatives are feeling the woes. I don’t get it. You fight a war, under any circumstances, and there will be at least one loser. (Usually both sides lose, but that’s fodder for another post.) A person who wages real … Continue reading

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DPPL 68: The Family

You might imagine that if we’re talking about family after Vatican II, St John Paul is being cited: 68. Pope John Paul II has shown how the family can be a subject of popular piety. The exhortation Familiaris Consortio, having … Continue reading

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More Elder Siblings

If you think Jesus is preaching about economics in this past weekend’s Gospel reading, our associate pastor said during the homily, you have missed the point. Sunday’s cycle A reading for Ordinary #25 is delicious. The whole debate, discussion, foaming … Continue reading

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Aparecida 81 – Conflicts

The 1980s and 1990s witnessed the peaceful end of armed conflicts in parts of Latin America. The bishops note this in paragraph 81: While peace agreements have been achieved in some countries and longstanding conflicts have been resolved, in others … Continue reading

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DPPL 67: Spiritual Life

DPPL 67-69 is presented under a heading of “The Subject of Popular Piety.” These are additions to magisterial comments of the previous sections 61-66 and briefly treat three issues, including today’s, the spiritual life: 67. The Church’s Magisterium, mindful that … Continue reading

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English Football, Week 5

Getting two disappointments out of the way first, NBC LiveExtra didn’t offer the replay of Swans-Southampton. And the Swans were knocked down a few rungs with their 0-1 loss. What’s in the sails of that team from the south coast … Continue reading

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On Bishop Appointments

With all the fuss about the new Chicago archbishop, I was reflecting on how heated and political the reaction to it has become. Did anybody yawn when Joseph Bernardin was tapped for the Windy City? Supposedly, it was in the … Continue reading

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DPPL 65-66: Deviations in Popular Piety

After some praise from the Magisterium (DPPL 61-64) comes a few cautions. I’ve pulled out the particulars into bullet points–these are not formatted as such in the original text: 65. While the Magisterium highlights the undeniable qualities of popular piety, it … Continue reading

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Aparecida 79-80 – Situations of Injustice

In paragraphs 79 and 80, we find a very brief analysis of the political situation in terms of unjust laws and violations of human rights. In paragraph 79, the bishops show that are keenly aware of the difference between justice … Continue reading

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Cupich on Liturgy

New Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich was supposedly tapped to serve in Milwaukee a few years ago, but the move was blocked overseas, according to Rocco Palmo. That’s a fascinating little tidbit, as is the fact this is the first incoming … Continue reading

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If It Is Archbishop Cupich …

… the prelate identified with this statement: Very caustic language wears thin quickly. I think my approach works better in the long run. The man is definitely not a culturewarrior. Mark Shea is a skeptic. His commentariat comes down mostly … Continue reading

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On Goodell

Not a good week for the AWOL NFL commissioner. Even Michael Vick endorsed him. You have to give the man a chance, you have to him a chance, you have to give everybody a chance to get it right. I … Continue reading

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DPPL 64: An Antidote to “Sects”

John Paul II suggests that the Catholic distinctiveness is its culture of piety. Do you think it’s an adequate bulwark against “sects”–read evangelical Protestants? 64. The Magisterium also highlights the importance of popular piety for the faith-life of the People … Continue reading

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Donuts and Rings

The spin cycle is on full tilt in some quarters of the blogosphere. Fr Ray Blake fusses a bit about the Church going to the peripheries as he tries to convince himself it’s not all bad that Cardinal Burke’s career … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is not your usual science fiction author. Like others, she pops a big idea into her stories, then see where it leads the characters. In almost everything I’ve read from her, she looks deep within the person and explores … Continue reading

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