Category Archives: bishops

Loss Of A Sense

Preparing Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on reconciliation and penance for this site, I’ve noted his assessment of a “loss of a sense of sin,” this, as of 1984. I’m more convinced than ever this is a misdiagnosis of … Continue reading

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Cardinal Cupich On Participation

One side of a continuing discussion on the US Bishops and whatever they might end up writing. With some interspersed commentary, here’s Cardinal Cupich on participation: The Eucharist as Summons to Participation The heart of the Eucharistic prayers we hear … Continue reading

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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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Humanity, Gender, and Language

The NCReg urged study and sharing of Bishop Burbidge’s pastoral letter, which yesterday struck me for some shaky science. Today, I’d like to look at a two-paragraph section on language. Those asserting a transgender identity and/or seeking to “transition” often … Continue reading

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Some Biology

A friend in social media alerted me to a Catechesis on the Human Person penned by Bishop Michael Burbidge. I suspect other people may be better qualified to discuss this document from a different perspective, but let me offer mine, plus … Continue reading

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Eucharist Document Opinions

So the USCCB is still writing a document on the Eucharist? I thought that had been tabled. Fr Thomas Reese has some suggestions here. I agree with a few, including deep-sixing Aristotelian philosophy. I believe that the bread and wine … Continue reading

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Legislating a Pope Emeritus

The NCReg is musing with its sources about what a pope emeritus is. Until now, Pope Francis has never wanted to define the figure of Pope Emeritus from a juridical point of view. However, he had maintained a cordial relationship … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke + Ventilator

An American cardinal progresses from pandemic denial to ventilator care. Not a happy thing, even in taking notice of it.  I suppose we are at the stage where some good may come of it, aside from his hopeful recovery. Some … Continue reading

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Cardinal Sarah on Traditionis Custodes

The NCReg has a translation of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s essay on credibility, liturgy, and rupture. The good cardinal, and former head of the Roman dicastery for liturgy is earnest, well-meaning, but perhaps fumbles his argument a bit on a few … Continue reading

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TC Letter 13: Prayer

Pope Francis concludes his letter to Catholic bishops with prayer: Upon you I invoke the Spirit of the risen Lord, that he may make you strong and firm in your service to the People of God entrusted to you by … Continue reading

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TC Letter 12: How To Proceed

After telling the bishops they are in charge in their own dioceses, not Rome, and not individual clergy, some advice: Indications about how to proceed in your dioceses are chiefly dictated by two principles: on the one hand, to provide … Continue reading

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TC Letter 11: Episcopal Authority and Responsibility

Here, a reiteration of Church teaching on the role of the pope: Vatican Council II, when it described the catholicity of the People of God, recalled that “within the ecclesial communion” there exist the particular Churches which enjoy their proper … Continue reading

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TC Letter 10: Abrogation

Whether it was 100%, 50, 15 (the various figures I’ve seen) the bishops of the world apparently gave Pope Francis ample input, and this is how he presents it: Responding to your requests, I take the firm decision to abrogate … Continue reading

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TC Letter 9: The Sacrament of Unity

In his explanatory letter accompanying Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis did not number his document. I’m identifying each post for easier reference and to sequence this effort. In this post, a brief ninth paragraph: Dear brothers in the Episcopate, Sacrosanctum Concilium … Continue reading

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TC Letter 8: A Final Reason, Unity

Heading into this final concern of Pope Francis, it’s important to sort out a distinction between unity and uniformity. The latter involves people doing virtually the same thing while heading in the same direction. Unity involves taking different paths and … Continue reading

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