Category Archives: Commentary

Vatican City @ Olympics, Not Yet

I see Pope Francis recognized the paralympic games began: Yesterday, the Paralympics kicked off in Tokyo. I send my greetings to the athletes and I thank them because they offer everyone a testimony of hope and courage. They, in fact, … Continue reading

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Pandemic Quote of the Day: Sirach 38:6-8

Sirach 38 leads off with praise for the doctor and his craft/service/art. Perhaps modern science was still centuries off, but the healing profession was certainly valued in ancient times. The appeal to God from anti-vaxxers rings very very false to … Continue reading

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Pandemic Quote of the Day: Philippians 2:3-4

Let Saint Paul tell it: Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for (their) own interests, but also everyone for those of others. (NABRE) So, … Continue reading

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Enrichment

An interesting take on Traditionis Custodes at NCRep. Professor Weiss suggests the communities are the problem, not the Latin. Some of her suggestions wouldn’t go down well in mainstream parishes, and a few do impact a liturgy whose advocates say … Continue reading

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Profile In Courage

I read JFK’s Profiles in Courage in middle school. I don’t remember much; I found it a bit dry. But then again, what do adolescents know? The premise is excellent, though, and if it were ever expanded to modern folk, including people … Continue reading

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Not Wanting To Believe

In nearly all corners of the US, there’s a personal suspension of belief. What I mean is that often we’re confronted with difficult obstacles, like an endless war overseas or a pandemic. We want to think a Hollywood ending is … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Pray For Them?

Another public figure with a public stance against pandemic precautions has picked up the virus. I was watching a social media discussion about Cardinal Burke, and praying for him. Someone groused that the sentiment of praying for him seemed to … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke + Ventilator

An American cardinal progresses from pandemic denial to ventilator care. Not a happy thing, even in taking notice of it.  I suppose we are at the stage where some good may come of it, aside from his hopeful recovery. Some … Continue reading

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Cardinal Sarah on Traditionis Custodes

The NCReg has a translation of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s essay on credibility, liturgy, and rupture. The good cardinal, and former head of the Roman dicastery for liturgy is earnest, well-meaning, but perhaps fumbles his argument a bit on a few … Continue reading

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One Gun, Gold Gun, Red Guns, Blue Guns

So, another school shooting. Middle schoolers playing gangsta. Wouldn’t surprise if the shooter held the gun sideways. Personally, I have no problem with guns as objects. My dad taught me to shoot when I was a kid. We kids bugged … Continue reading

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Education and Testing

I see my social media friend Dale has picked up on the conservative hype about Oregon and education. The usual complaints on the internet of the Right about those nutty liberals abandoning testing high school kids. Or really, testing them … Continue reading

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Are We Gloating Yet?

I noticed the governor of Louisiana is fasting and praying at lunch time this week “for our health care workers & all those affected by COVID-19.” Is that priority right? I doubt that sincere believers would stop at the first one … Continue reading

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Strange Family

Living things are arranged into families. We know that today mostly based on genome sequencing. But a lot of the earlier groupings were spot-on because of obvious characteristics–a group of animals being clearly cat-like or flowers being like the rose.  … Continue reading

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Blogging Unfolding Ahead

On one hand, I probably have no business still doing this. My original thought was to write, well, original stuff more or less daily, mostly commenting on liturgy as a counterweight to what I believed was an outsized online component … Continue reading

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Miracles

Yesterday’s Mass was one many Catholics know to avoid. The AC out at church? Music director on vaca? Nope. One of the four narratives of the multiplication of the loaves. Look out: here comes another edition of the Miracle of … Continue reading

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