Category Archives: Commentary

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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Making Mistakes

I was reading about that veteran denied an advertised promotion because he was black. A facebook friend noted today the restaurant head was relieved of his job by national management. I’m skeptical this is a productive act. An attorney was quoted: Mr. … Continue reading

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Misinterpreting Welcome

Rhode Island’s bishop, Thomas Tobin, penned a commentary on Marty Haugen’s oft-vilified song, offering these conclusions about the quality being “misinterpreted and abused.” Let’s read: When we say “all are welcome” it does not mean that someone can join our faith … Continue reading

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Divine Retribution

I noticed the news item of a Dominican priest, Father Giovanni Cavalcoli, who has come under fire, including Vatican criticism, for linking Italian earthquakes with divine punishment for moral lapses such the legalization of same-sex unions. Edward Pentin at NCReg … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput At Notre Dame, Part 2

NCReg has a full text of Archbishop Chaput’s address at Notre Dame. The smaller Church, whether purer or lighter or whatever has been getting some blowback and cheers, depending on where one sits in the bleachers. Are we concerned about numbers? … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput At Notre Dame, Part 1

NCReg has a full text of Archbishop Chaput’s address at Notre Dame. This has been getting some notice in Catholic media online, aggregators, facebook, bloggers and such. One or another bit has been singled out, depending on where one surfs. … Continue reading

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