Category Archives: bishops

Coherence And Dispensation

My wife and I were discussing the feeling of absence from Sunday Mass. I wouldn’t share my wife’s specific feelings of loss.  Because of her medical condition, she hasn’t always been able to get out for Mass. (Though I will … Continue reading

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The Wrong Person?

Every so often, I would encounter a person who dropped out of the Confirmation process in the parish. The reasons varied. Usually it meant the young woman or man was taking their commitment seriously to do reflection on what the … Continue reading

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Bishops Of Prudence

I was browsing Vatican News and found this interesting bit in an interview with the head of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. Marc Ouellet: What counts most in the pastoral profile of a bishop: natural gifts, spiritual virtues, or the … Continue reading

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Building Sold, Ministry Continues

I heard a whisper that the Rockville Centre diocese announced a final sale on its chancery. An office building not fully used, and besides, people working remotely. Bankruptcy aside, it seems like a good move. I remember 2012 when an … Continue reading

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On Bullying

A Catholic blogger dismantles the USCCB twitter case against Equality here. One of her five points touches on the issue of bullying, on which the bishops may have a point. But alas, I haven’t ever experienced Catholic institutions as being … Continue reading

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Let The One With No Coat …

Heraldists, need not apply. A new bishop in Switzerland states: The cross is the sign of the loving self-offering of Christ for the world. Thus, do not expect that I design and use an episcopal coat of arms, as is … Continue reading

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Cardinal Sarah Retired

His resignation was submitted on his 75th birthday last July. Popes can take their time accepting such things, and the Holy Father seems to have done so. These days I think liturgy people care little for who’s heading the Vatican … Continue reading

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How Smart Is This?

Some months after his passing, someone gets the better of Stephen Hawking in an “epic” tweet. This two-year-old summary appeared on one of my social media feeds today, and I had to wonder how smart or effective a tack this … Continue reading

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Blowback

It’s been whispered that there’s “blowback” from Archbishop Gomez’s statement on President Biden. Republican friends, relatives, and websites have been surfacing on my social media connections. Some comments are rightfully concerned. That’s okay. Many people don’t realize the history of … Continue reading

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Gomez On Biden

I noticed Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s statement on the new president, and this commentary: I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, … Continue reading

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Naming Persons

The USCCB doctrine committee is rightfully concerned with how the Trinity and the Persons of the Trinity are named in texts of liturgical music. On one hand, there is a very serious matter of theology. Who is God? How does … Continue reading

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East Of Houston, Is There A Problem?

I was having a lunch conversation with my new pastor this past week. We were talking about cult leaders, and when things begin to tip into a kind of worship for a church leader. It doesn’t just happen for presidents. … Continue reading

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Doctrine And Welcome

The USCCB doctrine committee has been dogged in its other public pronouncements by misunderstanding or misinterpreting what it considers. It has happened with theologians. It continues in the Catholic Hymnody document on this link. Before I get into the critique of … Continue reading

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Doctrine And Second Form

An awkward spot for the USCCB Doctrine committee is how it handles “cup.” I think what it says about wine is well-taken. Though I think context is always key. Altar wine is the subject of stringent regulations. Grapes and wine … Continue reading

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Doctrine vs Lord of the Dance

One of the more curious interpretations is how the USCCB Doctrine Committee handled the popular text, “Lord of the Dance.” Before I get to that, let me say that my first introduction to the tune in a liturgical setting was … Continue reading

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