Monthly Archives: November 2021

Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 19: Mysterium Pietatis

After some long narratives on good and important topics, we arrive at a new Chapter, “Mysterium Pietatis” and a brief introduction to the next phase of our exploration with Pope John Paul II in numbered sections 19 through 22. I find … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops I

Beatitudes for Bishops are making the rounds in Catholic social media and some Catholic press outlets. These were composed by Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia, who delivered them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 7: The Church

By now, you’ve likely gotten the idea that I think The Loss of the Sense of Sin would be more accurately described as a lack of a sense of sin. It’s not that I disagree with Pope John Paul II. I … Continue reading

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St Cecilia Days Past

In my experience, observing the feast of the woman most cited as a patron saint of music has been an on and off thing over the years. In my last archdiocese, there were annual gatherings. I remember one on the … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 6: A Denial of God

Here and tomorrow, we’ll finish up John Paul II’s analysis of The Loss of the Sense of Sin. Here, we ponder a deeper question: what does it mean? The loss of the sense of sin is thus a form or consequence … Continue reading

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Texts for Christ the King

Fun with some texts at the last Sunday of the Roman liturgical year. I rather liked the opening prayer for this Sunday, cycle B, in MR2: It’s a simple form.  The first sentence offers a taste of today’s New Testament … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 5: Guilting The Young

It’s a small paragraph, but given the angst in the US over so-called white guilt, it seems an interesting point for Pope John Paul II to have made when he writes of The Loss of the Sense of Sin. Finally the … Continue reading

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War On Christmas: HOA Theater

The annual War on Christmas seems to be especially muted this year. Or that could be because the fam has switched off cable for good with our recent move, and we don’t even have a newsprint subscription any longer. I suppose … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Beatles 100

Since the pandemic, I’m getting most of my library books online–libby or kindle app. It’s not an optimal reading experience, but I’m finding I don’t always have time for that library trip. I’m also finding the shelves at the libraries … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 4: Relativism

The third reason for The Loss of the Sense of Sin is the oft-criticized relativism: The sense of sin also easily declines as a result of a system of ethics deriving from a certain historical relativism. This may take the form of … Continue reading

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That USCCB Document

You can find the 10,000-word document here. The only names named are saints and popes. The text is heavily footnoted, and after a quick scan I think some Catholics will be disappointed. The tone is largely positive, and the mention … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 3: Psychology and Sociology

He might be right. Pope John Paul II attributed part of The Loss of the Sense of Sin to modern efforts in psychology. That’s worth exploring, though with caution. In general, psychologists are tasked with healing the minds and emotions of … Continue reading

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What’s For Dinner

I haven’t been in a cooking mood in some time. That changed last week. Two nice batches of vegetable chili and now, dinner tonight. South Asian purists might wince, but no ghee or even butter (alas) to cater to the … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Antifa Sunday

I think I was once told this Sunday’s designation was mainly pro-monarchy, but if it really surfaced to combat fascism (spell check, that, Tweeter) then I’m down with this social media thought of the day. Or yesterday. Whatever. I’m on … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 54-55: Final Words

Let’s bring this document to the finish line. Here we have last thoughts on those particular texts for a diocesan saint, or a particular entry into the liturgical calendar of a religious order. While texts might be prepared in a … Continue reading

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