Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Redemptoris Missio 46bc: Continuing Conversion

More in the section on Conversion and Baptism: From the outset, conversion is expressed in faith which is total and radical, and which neither limits nor hinders God’s gift. At the same time, it gives rise to a dynamic and … Continue reading

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Church Authority

A few years after I was baptized, I was enrolled in Catholic high school. It was an experience in “real world” church authority. My school was run by two orders, one for each half of the school, for girls and … Continue reading

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A Blessed Thanksgiving

I’m not always sure what to make of the “happy” label on holidays. If we are having a “happy” thanksgiving, does it mean our parades, football, and turkey have lulled us into a collective and blissful ignorance of the impoverishment … Continue reading

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Papal Self-Citation

Frequent commenter FrMichael mentioned Pope Francis in a comment, referring to … … the endless self-citation he is apt to do … Apparently all recent popes do it. I checked the footnotes in three early papal documents, all apostolic exhortations: … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Doc on Family

In three days, the Vatican releases the Pope Francis post-synod document Amoris Laetitia–in the vernacular, the Joy of Love. Lots of ink and screen pixels have been spent on the topic of the family. Nothing really significant here, but a few … Continue reading

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Whirl The Seasons Round

A shape-note song for the first week of Advent. Text here: With inward pain my heart-strings sound, My soul dissolves away; Dear Sovereign, whirl the seasons round, And bring the promised day.

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Leaking

Jimmy Mac sent me a link to this article detailing the difference between Vatican finances and scandals in 2013 and now: The first Vatileaks case portrayed an elderly Benedict XVI seemingly unaware of the power struggles and institutionalized corruption around … Continue reading

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The Fruits of Trent, Plus Opinionology

AL suggested something of an anti-traditional crusade on my part. I don’t deny that I find many aspects of traditional Catholicism lacking: the promotion of uniformity, poorly performed chant, clericalism, opposition to key movements from Vatican II, an adversarial tack … Continue reading

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On Marital Law

Britain’s Catholic Herald dips deep into the body of American theologians to surface this commentary on the Church’s recent initiative on declarations of nullity. I like being informed on the loyal opposition, and I think the article sums up the … Continue reading

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Contact Change

My old email addresses are now dead. If you are operating automatically with your communication, please make a shift. Those with internet savvy will be able to find my parish email contact. If you are seeking a word about some ministry … Continue reading

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Open Thread on Credibility

(Hint: this is a new open thread for Max, and others who would like to engage him or be entertained by him.) I could ask a New York Yankee fan for info, input, and knowledge on the Boston Red Sox. … Continue reading

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Jesuit Philately

After nearly a month with mostly daily posts on Ignatian spirituality, here’s something different: Jesuits on stamps. Right, Belgium honors one of their own, Georges Lemaitre, “Father of the Big Bang Theory.” Not the tv show, but the actual theory. … Continue reading

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Checklist

When I’ve moved to a new place, I have a small checklist of things to do. By the end of next week, I’ll be starting mine. Assuming all the utilities are turned on, and all the essentials get done, here’s what … Continue reading

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$10

I heard the chatter about putting a woman on the $10 federal reserve note. US Treasurer Rosie Rios took some heat for suggesting a woman share the bill with Alexander Hamilton. That’s not a horrid idea. It works in Australia. … Continue reading

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Continuous Discernment

Our graduation and achievement driven culture might find this concept difficult and alien: continuous discernment. What does that mean? Elizabeth Reardon has a fine post at the Ignatian Spirituality site. Her conclusion resonated with me: I respond to God’s calling … Continue reading

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