Monthly Archives: November 2021

Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 2: Secularism

Yesterday, in leading off our discussion of section 18, we read of Pope Pius XII’s assessment that “the sin of the century is the loss of the sense of sin.” I think it’s the sin of every century, but y’all … Continue reading

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For the Communications Media

One of the great losses when MR2 was deep-sixed in 1998 were some interesting and useful texts in the section “Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions.” That’s not to say that leaders of prayer can’t concoct their own … Continue reading

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Litany for the Commendation of the Dying

At number 220 in the rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick, there is an option for a litany when a person is near the moment of death. The original blog on it is here. At the risk of … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 53: More Thoughts On Propers of Dioceses and Religious Families

53. After the iter envisaged for the revision or composition of the Particular Calendar and the Proper, the competent authority requests the recognitio from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. This sort of reads like directions … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 1

We come to a significant premise in the document in which Pope John Paul II wrote of The Loss of the Sense of Sin. First, a definition: 18. Over the course of generations, the Christian mind has gained from the Gospel … Continue reading

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Cause?

A priest friend on social media shared this meme. (Gosh, I hate that word!) So many memes are of questionable veracity. I poked around on the internet and didn’t find anything to discredit it; in fact many quote sites put … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 51-52: Propers of Dioceses and Religious Families

Let’s keep talking about Propers Of Dioceses and Religious Families. Additions to the liturgical calendar, even if for dioceses and religious orders, belong to the competency of the CDWDS to approve: 51. Proper celebrations are to be harmoniously integrated into … Continue reading

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When Death Comes

From LTP’s Sourcebook on Death, from Selma, Alabama, 1965: (I)f a man happens to be 36-years-old, as I happen to be, some great truth stands before the door of his life–some great opportunity to stand up for that which is … Continue reading

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What Splendor? What Truth?

In the department with the subtitle “Why are we not surprised?” another golden city on a hill goes off the deep end. But not before the springing up of a McMansion. One upset parent: We essentially bought them a ranch. … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 17: Mortal and Venial, Part 8: Fundamental Option

Let’s wrap up sins, Mortal and Venial with some final thoughts. In some ways, this lengthy 2000+ word section broke no new ground for the Church in the 80s. It reiterates 3000-year-old teaching, and I get the idea that some people assert … Continue reading

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Bishops Meet This Week

I see it’s all over Catholic news that the US bishops are meeting in Baltimore this week. That document–some document–on the Eucharist is due. Long gone are the days when the USCCB produced documents that mattered. Peace. The Economy. They … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 50: Propers of Dioceses and Religious Families

Let’s talk about Propers Of Dioceses and Religious Families. You readers are probably familiar that religious orders have their own liturgical celebrations. Dioceses too have observances–all parishes should know of these. How does translation and canon law affect these? Let’s … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 17: Mortal and Venial, Part 7:

Part 7 of 8 looking at sins, “Mortal and Venial.” For (humankind) also knows, through painful experience, that by a conscious and free act of … will (they) can change course and go in a direction opposed to God’s will, … Continue reading

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CDWDS Decree on Magnum Principium 48-49: More On The Confirmatio

Just a reminder: absolutely everything in the liturgical books gets a look, not just the black, the red, and the Scripture readings, but all the instructions, adaptations, explanations, foreword–the whole works. 48. In the case of lacunae in the translation … Continue reading

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Early Sunday, First Snow

From my church’s front window.

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