Category Archives: Commentary

Interest

The young miss emailed me this link and commented, “I thought this was interesting.” Good for her. Like one commentator, I also wish I had written it, as I can agree with every line composed. I think fathers contribute a lion’s … Continue reading

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Spanking

The young miss alerted me to the pope’s remarks about spanking. She was not reading the full general audience address, but a boiled-down version of this: Certainly, he also knows how to correct with firmness: he is not a weak … Continue reading

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Shadows and Obfuscation in New York

Liam sent this link in another thread, but I thought the story of parish closings in a prominent archdiocese deserved its own thread for your commentary. On Tuesday night, for example, Charles Shaw, a parishioner at St. Joseph’s parish in … Continue reading

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What Happens When New Documents Are Poor?

One of the members of the team responsible for Fulfilled in Your Hearing (FIYH, see sidebar) weighs in at PrayTell with a brief review of the new CDWDS document on the homily. It has largely convinced me not to waste my … Continue reading

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Coming Soon

We still have many posts ahead on Mutuae Relationes and the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. The former will take us to mid-March, and the other, well into April. I’m making a push to get those written up … Continue reading

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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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