Category Archives: Ministry

On My Bookshelf: Divine Renovation

A staff colleague had an extra copy of Divine Renovation, so I’ve been taking the book to bed the past week. Fr James Mallon has a web site, a study guide, and even a conference to back up another variation … Continue reading

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Non-Catholics In The Catholic Choir

Fr Anthony Ruff addresses a very pertinent issue on PrayTell today. His final questions and a citation from the USCCB’s Sing to the Lord: The issue is shot through with lots of complication, and application of any principles will require … Continue reading

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True Diagnosis

Terry Mattingly profiles the confession “problem” at Aggie Catholic, and its campus ministry director, Marcel LeJeune. What do you make of this assessment: But the statistic LeJeune stresses is that nearly 80 percent of Catholics who leave the church do … Continue reading

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A Classy Act

Jerry Galipeau blogged on unfortunate RCIA signage here. Perhaps the parish around the corner is really doing good work instead of classes (or just classes), and the “class” thing is just to nab people who might otherwise assume we Catholics … Continue reading

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Accompanying A Wedding

I had a nice conversation with Charles yesterday, welcoming me to the Pacific coast and all. I’m still trying to get a handle on the physical reality of being two and three time zones away from my family and old … Continue reading

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Clergy In Politics

FrMichael brought up the notion that it is bad for a bishop to forbid priests and seminarians a public voice in protest. Presumably it is good for their involvement in the secular sphere, persuading, lobbying, or even being confrontative. St John … Continue reading

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Lapsed and Falling Away To Inactivity

We don’t always think carefully about the language we use. And even when we don’t it can reveal quite a bit. When I worked in university fundraising, we had two six-letter designations on our file cards for alumni: LYBUNT and … Continue reading

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