Category Archives: Ministry

Talking Past

While I no longer comment on other sites, I do follow the occasional thread of interest. dotCommonweal has close to forty comments following Grant Gallicho’s piece on Cardinal O’Brien. I was struck by this exchange today between Bernard Dauenhauer and … Continue reading

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Catechesis? Or Rather Discipleship

Msgr Francis Mannion makes a case for a better RCIA, but the commentariat jumps on him. Formation tools, be they a Catechism, a Lectionary, a Fr Robert Barron video, or a 12-Step manifesto can all be abused as well as … Continue reading

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The Slow Boat From Ghana

I scanned through the usual internet sources for furor, or even just comment, on Archbishop Palmer-Buckle’s interview touching on remarriage, Communion, gays, and polygamy. A bit of furor at Pewsitter, sure. I see Grant Gallicho picked up the story for … Continue reading

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Four Principles

In a thread on married priests and reform2 at dotCommonweal, commenter Jack Rakosky applied an outline from Evangelii Gaudium suggesting this is how to read Pope Francis. In Chapter IV (EG 217-237) four principles are presented in part III, The … 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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I Will Follow

A contact at Ascension Press sent me the link to this video. It’s as long as a typical homily, so I wonder if it would hold the attention of high school people–where I was told this production is targeted. I … Continue reading

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The Great Altar Server Debate Continues

At dotCommonweal, Peter Nixon’s post generates some thoughtful comment. Likely a bit more intelligent than chit-chat at the kitchen table of Star of the Sea rectory. I wonder what Father Illo or Cardinal Burke would say about my parish. No altar … Continue reading

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