Category Archives: Commentary

About This Site

You have arrived at the main page of a mostly-inactive site. That said, there are no plans to dismantle, edit, or further organize the posts assembled under the header. Most people visit to find or get advice about Scripture readings … Continue reading

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On Clerical Culture

About that abuse report in Australia, commentators and experts take aim at clerical culture. Father Thomas Doyle: If you want to recommend one thing, it is that there has to be a primary concern on the care of the present … Continue reading

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What Another Month May Bring

I’m less inclined than I was at the dawn of this blog to share much personal stuff. The most interesting aspects of church ministry involve things that are either privileged and confidential information or just better unshared with the populace … Continue reading

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RIP Celebrities and Others

If you go by pop culture and one of its more visible facets, Facebook, 2016 was a bad year.  There is wonderment about the non-participation of Keith Richards (among others), and a wistful hope about the Kardashians (among others) joining the … Continue reading

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On Heresy, The New Kind

I don’t think you saw quite as much of this in the old days*, a discussion getting shut down outright instead of just banning all the liberals. Blogger Dave Armstrong asks in his title, “Is Pope Francis A Heretic?” My online … Continue reading

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These Days in the Culture of Complaint

In an eight-year-old thread, a new visitor, David Meyer, left a comment addressed to a one-time visitor here from long ago. Comboxes on blogs are public spaces. Like an old town square. If one is sure somebody lives within earshot, … Continue reading

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Some Aspects of Peace at Mass

Discussions on the Sign of Peace in the modern Roman Rite are not new to this site. We looked at it five years ago in our survey of the GIRM. We had a follow-up a few days afterward. Visitor Anthony … Continue reading

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