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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

Membership Privileges Revoked

While no one objects that a bishop has the power to excommunicate, or even in some cases put a parish or community under interdict, the question a lot of people are asking is this: is it a prudent move? I … Continue reading

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GCSPD 9-11: Baptism, part 1

We continue our examination of Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, With paragraphs 9 through 14, the document looks at Baptism. We can read a basic definition (9) and an encouraging mention of the role … Continue reading

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Gather IV Review: Ascension and Pentecost

Last time in this series, we looked at music for Easter and its season. Continuing today with a look at the end of the season in GIA’s newest edition of the Gather hymnal. Let’s start with a survey of 24 … Continue reading

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Praedicate Evangelium 88-89: Purpose of the DDWDS

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. As of this writing, Praedicate Evangelium begins with a simple statement about purpose of the liturgy dicastery. The DDWDS exists for a … Continue reading

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GCSPD 4-8: General Principles, Part 2

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities proper begins with eight paragraphs laying out “General Principles.” While parish staffs are urged to reach out to everyone, including people outside of family living situations, (Cf. GCSPD 4) … Continue reading

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Praedicate Evangelium on Liturgy

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. As of this writing, I have yet to see this document in anything but Italian on the Vatican site. You can readily … Continue reading

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GCSPD 1-3: General Principles, Part 1

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities proper begins with eight paragraphs laying out “General Principles.” Anyone reading them would click off, “no-brainer,” and move on. They include the equal dignity of all persons and that … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Sixth or Seventh Sunday?

When the directive surfaced to observe Ascension on the nearest Sunday rather than the traditional Thursday, an option was offered in its wake. I don’t see it mentioned on the USCCB site today. I do remember that instead of losing … Continue reading

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GCSPD, Why?

The USCCB document, Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, what’s it for? Do US Catholics really need another document like this? Pastors and their staffs are pretty much the sole people determining how the sacraments … Continue reading

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On Vocations

I saw this piece skeptical of “vocational discernment” for the laity. I think Amy Welborn is picking at the peripherals on the topic. I think it needs more of a Vatican II attitude, if not spirit. But you readers would … Continue reading

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Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

The third iteration of this document, Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, was approved by the USCCB five years ago. It updated a publication from the mid-1970s that was later revised in the late 1980s. … Continue reading

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New Document on Liturgical Formation?

A Spanish language interview with CDWDS head Arthur Roche intrigued me for a few details. First, that a liturgy document on formation is in the works. (T)wo years ago, the Holy Father asked this Congregation to hold a plenary meeting … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Paschal Candle and Easter Adoration

On his blog, Father Paul Turner responds to a question about adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the Easter season: should the Paschal Candle be lit? Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. Is this Candle only for Mass? … Continue reading

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Spe Salvi 50: A Final Petition to the Blessed Virgin

A Scripture-laden request for intercession concludes this document, which you can find in full online here: 50. So we cry to her: Holy Mary, you belonged to the humble and great souls of Israel who, like Simeon, were “looking for … Continue reading

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Spe Salvi 49: Mary, Star of Hope

Modern people think of stars in many ways. The cult of celebrity is strong these days, and sometimes the prefix “super” is needed to distinguish those above our ordinary stars. The older meaning involves guidance, and accompaniment in a time … Continue reading

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