Daily Archives: 13 September 2021

Vatican Observatory In Silver

It’s not exactly a coin, as it has no denomination. (But how else could I categorize this piece, above?) I was struck by this medal from the wiki summary on the Vatican Observatory. Image credit: By Rc 13 – Own … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Accepting the Challenge, part 2

Previously, the document expressed the conciliar plan in Gaudium et Spes to engage the modern world through bridge building. Presumably, the image involves the evangelizer forming a construction to reach across a divide. Beauty may well be a good bridge, … Continue reading

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No Continuity In The Magnificat

It’s been my premise that the norm of organic development in Vatican II liturgical reform (Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 23) is overused as a principle with wide application. The reality is that so many saints, even those who lived objectively good … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface III

Shall we give “Praise to God for the creation and restoration of the human race”? I remember the mandatum in Mark 16:15, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Perhaps we think of a weirdness … Continue reading

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Latest Puzzle

Now the fun begins: flowers and shadows. My wife found one of Mount Rainier. That will be a good one too.

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Post-Conciliar Synods

The upcoming synod on synodality is getting attention from the Nervous Right in some places. Prep document here. My cursory glance saw nothing to indicate a doctrinal earthquake was planned for Rome in 2023. Just the coffee-n-donut post-liturgy gossip mill, … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 276: The Political Animal and the Family Among Families

Can the Church just mind its own business and stay out of human affairs? Well, no. Our people are part of human affairs, and lay people bring their own faith-formed expertise to bear. We can’t be separated from our values.  … Continue reading

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