Monthly Archives: July 2017

Aparecida 104-105: The Good News of Human Dignity

“Good news” abounds in the next several sections of the Aparecida document. Remember to catch an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference if you want the whole piece. Meanwhile, let’s look at a basic principle, human … Continue reading

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Aparecida 101-103: Missionary Discipleship

Part Two of the Aparecida Document is titled, “The Life of Jesus Christ In Missionary Disciples.” Numbered sections 101 through 346: the largest “Part” of the document is before us. For the next 28 numbered sections, we’ll examine “The Joy … Continue reading

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The Long Game

When word came out of a liturgical institute in San Francisco, I noticed the same Samuel Weber, OSB attached to it. I don’t know the man, but name-recognition is there: his work arranging plainchant accompaniments for the Hymnal For The … Continue reading

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VNO 5: For a Council or a Synod

The fifth listedĀ Mass For Various Needs And Occasions is “ForĀ a Council or a Synod.” Every now and the Church convenes a synod. It may be a collaboration of bishops, as described and legislated here. It may occur within a diocese, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 100h: Catholics Who Stray And Those Who Lead Them

It’s a reality: not everybody raised in the Church stays in the Church. That may convict the strays, but leaders do not escape scrutiny: h) We recognize that some Catholics have occasionally strayed from the Gospel, which requires a way … Continue reading

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Of Sharks And Spectacle

I noticed that the Discovery Channel doubles down on its Michael Phelps vs Great White Shark race. All the promotion, interviews and the program itself made clear that the challenge wasn’t a side-by-side race. In Phelps vs. Shark, we enlisted … Continue reading

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Aparecida 100fg: Losses Within Catholicism

Our experience with nones is not exclusively a North American lament: f) In recent decades we are concerned to see that on the one hand, many people are losing the transcendent sense of their lives and are giving up religious … Continue reading

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