Monthly Archives: October 2021

Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 4

Let’s give our pope emeritus the last word: The Church of the third millennium seeks this beauty in the meeting with its Lord, and with Him, in the dialogue of love with the men and women of our times. At … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 13, Part 1, Tragedy

We begin a very thorough Part Two, headlined with the statement: The Love That Is Greater Than Sin. I find Pope John Paul II to be a careful teacher and presenter of the nature of love and sin. I might … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 4: Reform, Culture, and Inherent Problems

No serious commentator would suggest the double effort of reform and translation is easy. Problems abound, especially balancing the pastoral needs of worship in vernacular languages, particularly in cultures with non-Romance languages. 4. In reforming the liturgical books of the … Continue reading

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More Forms For Penance

Sometimes I think the reference to married couples and their families as the Domestic Church is lip service. In churches on the parish level, there is often a plethora of acts of worship and sacramental life. When the domestic form is cited, … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 3

Here’s part 3 of 4 of the Conclusion to this document on the Way of Beauty. The parceling out of this is just my pulling out the final thoughts of the Pontifical Council for Culture. Not really part of the document … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 12: Other Means of Reconciliation, Part 3, Witness

Let’s finish writing about Other Means of Reconciliation. Vatican II has something to offer: Finally there is the means of witness, which is almost always silent. This is born from a twofold awareness on the part of the church: that of … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 2-3: Liturgical Books

These two sections give us some background on the Roman Rite liturgical books. Many people are surprised to learn that the texts of the liturgy are under international copyright. The church earns royalties when a publisher assembles, prints, and sells … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 2

This quest leads back to the original times, as if (people) were desperately seeking the world of beauty out of (their) reach ever since the original fall. It crosses history under multiple forms and the profusion of a multitude of … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 12: Other Means of Reconciliation, Part 2, Preaching and Pastoral Action

There is yet another means: that of preaching. The church, since she is the disciple of the one teacher Jesus Christ, in her own turn as mother and teacher untiringly exhorts people to reconciliation. This reminds me of Pope Paul … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 1

Today starts the meat of the CDWDS’s Decree on Magnum Principium. We’ll spend some posts this week looking at their views on Norms and Procedures.  If you readers were my liturgy students, I would urge a complete reading of the … Continue reading

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Godparent Ban Again

I’ve heard of and seen news bits on the Catania archbishop, Salvatore Gristina, banning godparents in his diocese. Not the first time this has happened in Italy, as mentioned and commented upon here last year. I went to the NCReg … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 1

We arrive at a fitting Conclusion to this document on the Way of Beauty. We’ll let the thinking of the Pontifical Council for Culture parcel out bit by bit over the next few days. To propose the via pulchritudinis as a pathway of evangelization … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 12: Other Means of Reconciliation

Pope John Paul II rounds out the discussion on the Church’s role in God’s reconciliation with humankind. We’ll look briefly at Other Means of Reconciliation in this post and the two that follow. When we speak of the Church, we discuss people … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium Introduction

Before we get to the meat of the document, let’s spend a bit of time with the introduction. Some background: in 2017 Pope Francis changed canon law, specifically parts 2 and 3 of number 838. That means that liturgical documents … Continue reading

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Poke And Faint

I feel a certain sadness now and then as the years move along. Things once easily accessible to a younger body are beginning to slip out of reach. My phone’s health app assures me my biological age is seven years … Continue reading

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