The Pact of the Catacombs can today inspire clergy to adopt its spirit in ways that are feasible.
Look what happens in the dance between the opening Collect and the First Reading.
The new wording was written by Pope Benedict in 2008 for use in the Extraordinary Form on Good Friday.
The Roman document Liturgiam authenticam can be interpreted in a variety of ways, and bishops’ conferences are differing widely in their implementation of it.
I firmly believe that what happens in those opening minutes is “make or break”, and that a decline in attendance may be largely attributable to getting it wrong at this early point in the rite.
This feast of Christ the King serves as a “parable of reversal.” Turning on its head the common understanding of king as authoritarian ruler, Jesus serves in a fundamentally new way that is consistent with his proclamation of the reign of God.
One must think twice when a young man “is too confident, rigid, and fundamentalist.”
I cannot write in this column about everything that comes across my desk. Even if I could, not everything would fill a complete column, but some things deserve a mention.
One on the benefits of being a deacon of the Premier See is that you occasionally have the opportunity to serve at one of the Masses celebrated by the bishops of the United States during their November Meeting. It was my turn this morning.
The Pope has halted the canonization process for Aloysius Stepinac, the Croation Catholic Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 until his death in 1960. Pope John Paul II had beatified the fiercely anti-communist archbishop, who spent many years in prison and under house arrest in Communist Yugoslavia, in 1998. The archbishop’s actions during World War II, […]