Category Archives: Hermeneutic of Subtraction

On Heresy, The New Kind

I don’t think you saw quite as much of this in the old days*, a discussion getting shut down outright instead of just banning all the liberals. Blogger Dave Armstrong asks in his title, “Is Pope Francis A Heretic?” My online … 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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The Morning After

I had trouble falling asleep last night. I think, or rather hope, it was more because of a lingering nasty flu than the political news I was following yesterday. I finally drifted off between coughs about 4am. But given the wild … Continue reading

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No Trump, Not Not Trump

I post less on politics these days. Certainly not because I lack interest. Not because I’ve moved on from a state with fairly deep political sensibilities. Really, it’s more because I believe more in local politics. And since few of my … Continue reading

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Punishment By Subtraction

A relative newcomer to my new parish suggested that pictures of two of our four former pastors be removed from a wall on the concourse between our nave, social hall, and faith formation wing. The offense? It’s a substantial one: appearance on this … 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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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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Complaint And Content

I see Sandro Magister leaked a document of complaint about synod15 procedures and focus. On the latter: (V)arious fathers have expressed concern that a synod designed to address a vital pastoral matter – reinforcing the dignity of marriage and family … Continue reading

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Of Zeitgeist

The Catholic blogosphere can be vexing, amusing, and amateurish–all in one swoop. Also earnest. In today’s Catholic Church there’s definitely an undercurrent of wishfulness. Wish it were three years ago, or a hundred and three? These guys (and it’s mostly … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Gossip

Gossip is one of the forms of the Culture of Complaint. Often it is also a form of the hermeneutic of subtraction, chipping away at the peace and unity of the Body. Pope Francis condemns gossip here. Every day that … Continue reading

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A New Pecking Order

I feel a bone weariness continuing to read stories (like this one) of people subjected to a revised hierarchy of employment (see above). Note how the tattletale (often moneyed, but not always) is boss of the bishop, bishop (or pastor) of administrator, … Continue reading

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Musical Critique

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to a brief opinion piece at The Tablet. For me, the text and commentariat both illustrate perfectly how the hermeneutic of subtraction has infiltrated both the realms of religion and music. Many remarks give … Continue reading

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Reality Check

“Reality check.” A buzz phrase that seems to be getting a lot of notice and traction in the Church this weekend. A bit more than a million people voted to expand rights, and possibly responsibilities, for LGBT people in their small … Continue reading

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Musical Misconceptions

Jeff Ostrowski at CCW blogged about the “problem” of not having approval for non-Gradual liturgical music or, I think, music composed and published by people adhering to an antiphonary yet to be really updated after Vatican II. In it he referred to … Continue reading

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What If They Didn’t Fire The Person?

I noticed at Kathy Schiffer’s site on Patheos a note about the Archdiocese of Miami advising employees not to show public support for same-sex unions in that state–something recently opened up by the courts. How far do you suppose the … Continue reading

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