Category Archives: Commentary

Against Some Rigor

A petition is up to persuade Pope Francis to hold the line on, among other things, the excommunication of Catholics who have remarried after a divorce. In part, it reads: Your Holiness, in light of the information published on the last … Continue reading

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Da Pacem, Wrong?

Charles asks a good question here. I and the rest of the world woke up to the news that the second Japanese hostage by ISIS had been beheaded. I thought “This is getting to be Groundhog Day” (no pun intended) … Continue reading

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Accompaniment and Dialogue: Good Liturgical Principles

The never-ending liturgy wars heat up a bit on PrayTell this week with the post announcing Pope Francis helping in the observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the use of the vernacular in Rome by Pope Paul. Of course, 1965 … Continue reading

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Jimmy Mac’s diocese is proposing new additions for teacher contracts in 2015-16. I find these attempts interesting, especially as the bungling of clergy sexual abuse has been the cause of much deeper disillusionment among churchfolk than what a teacher might … Continue reading

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Servers, Service, and Sex

One subset of priests I’ve known over the years have been musicians/never-pastors. In one parish I served, a semi-retired navy veteran who was a fine organist had regular liturgical duties. He preached once a month. He accompanied the choir every … Continue reading

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That Certain Dictatorship

I think many Catholics pride themselves of being absolved of relativism. But perhaps some deceive themselves. I was reading a few obits for Richard McBrien, whom I would consider to be the Carl Sagan or Neil DeGrasse Tyson of theology: … Continue reading

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Missing Men

It was a number of years ago I saw a University of Washington study referenced online. The researchers found that around the world women were more connected to religious practices than men. This was true across the board: more masculine-dominated … Continue reading

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