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Archive for October, 2010

The Report – leaked

I’m praying with the confident hope that good people will do the right thing. And that the full truth will come out, for the good of the Church.

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Priesthood of believers (à la Albert Vanhoye)

This is not meant to be a rejoinder to the previous post but just an invitation to those interested to read what I consider the best essay written on this subject from an RC point of view: Common and Ministerial Priesthood by Albert Vanhoye.

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Best practices for implementing the new missal translation?

As I speak in various dioceses around the country, I have been floating some ideas for implementing the new missal translation and have picked up a few ideas from the priests, deacons, and lay liturgical leaders in my audiences. Here are mine, with a bit of an explanation of what I mean.

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Priesthood of believers

Every Christian is someone else’s priest, and we are all priests to one another.

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All Saints — a Solemnity of Women?

It is no great secret that the official Calendar of Saints is marked by a numerical imbalance regarding the women and men who have come to be recognized as saints. Simply put, the Roman Catholic sanctoral cycle includes far more men than women and thus seems to privilege male versions of the holy life.

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Irish women respected by the church?

Almost three-quarters of Catholic women do not feel their church “regards women with a lot of respect” in contrast to 94 per cent of Protestant women who feel they are respected.

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The latest ‘final version’

Several sources confirm today that the Holy See is making changes to the 2010 Received Text of the new English missal. Seems they’re responding to the outcry about grammatical errors, mistranslations, poor English usage, and the like.

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Communal Prayer

What is most intriguing for me, as I listened to pastors and lay people tell their story, was the unique way in which these instances of communal prayer were not only rooted in the classic structure of the daily office but at the same time were radically open to receiving and integrating the cry from the street, the cry, the desire, the aspiration of many both believers and non-believers.

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Msgr. Moroney on the new translation

The Bishops’ Conference of the United States has indicated the possibility that the texts will begin to be used sometime around Advent of 2011.

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Update on Virginia Theological Seminary Chapel Fire

“It is clear that the fire was not caused by any deliberate or criminal act. Although the fire was caused by human agency, those involved took ‘steps that any responsible person would have taken’. However, these steps were not sufficient to stop the catastrophe that followed.” — Dean Ian Markham

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