Monthly Archives: July 2017

Aparecida 99defg: Highlights In Missionaries, Pastoral Renewal, Social Doctrine, Ecclesial Organization

The Aparecida bishops listed seven positive efforts in Latin American ministry. We looked at the first three some days ago. Here are the other four: d) The selfless commitment of so many men and women missionaries is striking. To this … Continue reading

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VNO 2: For The Pope

The second Mass listed for Various Needs and Occasions is “For the Pope,” and this liturgy is designated “Especially on the Anniversary of Election.” Currently, the anniversary is March 13th, which will always be Lent. There is an important rubric that precedes the given antiphons and prayers: This Mass is … Continue reading

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The Cardinal Müller Tempest

Bad weather continues in a corner of the Catholic blogosphere over a supposed conversation between Pope Francis and Cardinal Gerhard Müller that supposedly resulted in an immediate dismissal of the latter from his position at the top of the CDF. … Continue reading

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A Fourth Way

… to sainthood. Because the other three aren’t always adequate to find the right fit. NCRep news bit here. The secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci wrote: (T)he new norms arise from the sainthood congregation … Continue reading

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NPM Cincinnati

According to social media platforms, many of my friends are in the Queen City this week for NPM’s convention. Thirty-two years ago was my first experience. Same city. I was part of a music ministry that led Liturgy of the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 99abc: Highlighting Bible, Liturgy, Clergy

The Aparecida bishops list seven positive efforts in Latin American ministry. We’ll take these in two posts–spreading out the discussion a bit. 99. Pastoral efforts aimed at the encounter with the living Jesus Christ have produced and are still producing … Continue reading

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Circular Letter on Bread and Wine

An English translation of the “Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist” is now circulating publicly. (Full English translation here.) This is a document published by the Congregation for Diovine Worship and the Discipline of … Continue reading

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VNO 1: For The Church

Some years ago, we blogged on Masses And Prayers For Various Needs And Occasions. In the GIRM, sections 368-378 cover the universal regulations on their use. You can check our brief comments here and here and here. The USCCB’s unannotated text … Continue reading

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Aparecida 98: Summing the Situation

Part One, “The Life Of Our People Today” (19-100) comes to a conclusion with this numbered section and the two that follow. Describing the “Situation Of Our Church At This Historic Time Of Challenges.” A short post today: 98. The … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s …

Enjoying this classic film with the fam this morning. The young miss hadn’t seen it. Seems like a good choice for the holiday. The “Get Permanently Lost” scene and Spencer Tracy’s final monologue get a lot of attention. These are … Continue reading

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Aparecida 88-97: Indigenous and Afro-American Peoples

Numbered sections 88 through 97 address the Presence of indigenous and Afro-American peoples in the Church. In resurrecting this series, rather than reproduce things word for word, I’d rather take a wider view on some topics, and go into depth only … Continue reading

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Cardinal Müller, Just Out Of Date?

My online friends inclined to anti-Amoris seemed to have latched onto Cardinal Müller’s public musings on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion as a supposed reason for non-renewal of his position. Another reason surfaced in this weekend’s discussions. A former … Continue reading

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Aparecida Resurfacing

Thinking a lot about mission and evangelization these days. I thought it would be a good time to regenerate the series on the Aparecida document my friend John Donaghy contributed some years ago. I can’t promise daily reflections. I also won’t … Continue reading

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