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Changes in NPM Leadership

The process is now underway to find a full-time president and CEO.

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Conclusions Regarding the Female Diaconate

By Peter Hünermann. From Women Deacons? Essays with Answers, ed. Phyllis Zagano

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Pope Francis on Formation of Seminarians

“We need to truly understand this: in life not all is black on white or white on black. No! The shades of gray prevail in life.”

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ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards

Many of the winning books will be of interest to Pray Tell readers.

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Women and the Diaconate: Threading the Historical Needle

Reading Cipriano Vagaggini’s essay “The Ordination of Deaconesses in the Greek and Byzantine Traditions” has prompted me to reflect on the difficulties posed in mounting historical arguments of either side in the debate, and what might count as sufficient historical precedent in changing Church practice.

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Gathering and Eschatology

How often do we and our assemblies view gathering as a mere sociological happening? Or perhaps as a mere prelude to worship? How often do we reflect on our gathering as playing a role in a / the eschatological drama?

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Society for Catholic Liturgy in LA, Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016

It is interesting that SCL is meeting in an architecturally contemporary setting, and that Saturday features a Spanish-language track.

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“Re-Launching the Project of the Council”

Bishop Long of Parramatta in Australia sees in the Second Vatican Council a new paradigm. Re-launching the Council means that “it is time not of fearful retreat, disengagement and self-referential pomp, but of accompaniment and engagement.”

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Ritual Words in an Age of Drivel

I wonder how our instinctual distrust of the words spoken by so many people public figures colors the way most people hear the words spoken in and by the Church.

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Ad Orientem Worship from the Deaf Perspective – Part II

I propose that ad Christum replace the terms versus populum and ad orientem as it describes the doctrinal and liturgical principle that the Church has retained throughout history more accurately.

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