Category Archives: Commentary

What Would Jesus Do?

Christians presume everything Jesus did was perfect, or at least really good. Except for Max, most of us are good with that. A friend posted a sincere musing on Facebook the other day. As we say “What Would Jesus Do?” … Continue reading

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Authority And Right, But Also Responsibility

New commenter Tony Phillips mentioned this: Paul VI had absolutely no right or authority to make massive changes to the liturgy. On the second point, wrong. Clearly, he had the authority and almost every Catholic bishop endorsed the full program … Continue reading

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The Passing of Heroes

Not just mine, but other people’s. And even people I don’t consider as heroes. My brother passed around on facebook a meme or two that expressed a certain wishfulness about David Bowie and Glenn Frey and a certain reality-tv clan, … Continue reading

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From Another Camp

It can be hard not to attribute human qualities to institutions. Corporations–some of them, anyway–strive to put a human face on their interactions from lofty perches. Others embrace the robocall. Those voices have inflections, but they don’t answer my questions. … Continue reading

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Aborted Assignment

Rocco whispered this news on his Twitter feed, and I’m perched between¬†disappointment and acceptance on reading it. (Archbishop John) Nienstedt quietly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement … Continue reading

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What Is The Pope’s Intention?

I saw a bit of fuss here and there in the Catholic blogosphere about Pope Francis’ January intention. His video message, translated, in part: Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, … Continue reading

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The Latin Ceiling

A Latin Mass loving priest wonders if the movement has hit a ceiling. Offer it and they will come: that meme has largely been discredited. There is no magic about Mass in Latin with a 1962 Missal, in the sense … Continue reading

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