Category Archives: Commentary

When Cozy Trumps Courage

At the risk of entering into a Wonderland of vocabulary twisting, a few thoughts on what I find constitutes conservatives, liberals, and progressives. Liam described his current pastor in this comment. My observation was, “Hmm. Your pastor actually sounds very … Continue reading

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Hands Off Hands Together

My facebook feed included a link to Deacon Greg’s mild takedown on holding hands at Mass. Another link was cited, with some limp-wristed reasoning: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The … Continue reading

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Persecution, Or Lack Thereof

I noticed Msgr Charles Pope’s commentary on religious persecution on his NCReg blog. I don’t know that his “stages” aren’t really more symptoms–they don’t seem to have a natural progression about them. When I first read them, it struck me … Continue reading

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Corporate Disrespect

Wells Fargo was about the third or fourth company that held my Kansas City mortgage. If I still lived there, I’d have to explore some way of selling the debt to someone else. Or raising such a ruckus they’d give … Continue reading

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A Day Of Opportunity

I was pleased to discover some weeks ago my parish is offering the same holy day schedule this coming Monday as it does for when such observances are obligatory. Compared to Sundays, the numbers will be small. I suppose that … Continue reading

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Five Questions, Plus

My friend Charles and I part company on the value we place on the Rorate Caeli site. I’ll end commentary on the source with that, but offer his five questions here: 1. Since the promulgation of the Pauline Missal (c.1970) … Continue reading

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Culture of Complaint Surfaces

Anonymity is the best policy. Edward Pentin at NCReg: Such is the climate in much of today’s Church, one of the appeal’s chief organizers told the Register that most of the signatories prefer to remain publicly anonymous because they “fear … Continue reading

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