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Archive for January, 2012

“The proper posture is standing”—of course, but from him?

“The following undated “Instructions on Receiving Communion Properly” by Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone have been posed on the website of the diocesan Office of Worship.”

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Cardinal Koch on liturgical renewal

In Koch’s view, the readmission of the celebration of Mass in the preconciliar form is “only the first step,” but “the time is not yet ripe” for further steps. Rome can take further actions only when there is readiness among Catholics to consider new forms of liturgy “in service of the Church.”

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The Organically Developing Requiem Mass

Masses for the dead seem to have developed a few distinctive features that, at least in the States, seem almost universal, without any diktats from on high.

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Being Sown: a reflection for Convivium at Saint John’s School of Theology on 1/26/2012

Out of the earthly church, with its glory of concrete and flesh, into a larger church whose glory is yet unknown. I am called to be a life-giving spirit, but what I know is death and failure.


J. Michael Joncas wins 2012 Sophia Award

The Sophia Award is one of the highest honors WTU grants to a scholar whose work defines national excellence in theological scholarship contributing to the ministry of the Catholic Church. There is a lecture and reception, open to the public, accompanying the award.

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Response to Magister–updated 1/26

Fr. Neil Xavier O’Donoghue has written a response to Sandro Magister’s portrayal of the liturgical practices of the Neocatechumenal Way.

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The Conversion of Saint Paul

A prayer from The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is aptly used on this day, when the Church celebrates the conversion of Saint Paul.

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Neo-Catechumenal Way: Has it all worked out?

Let a thousand liturgical flowers bloom?

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Chants of the Roman Missal: A Review

“I warmed to the practical, pastoral tone I read as early as the second page of text: ‘A fully sung liturgy is a praiseworthy ideal, but its implementation calls for prudence and pastoral sensitivity. The chants of the liturgy are sung when it is possible in a given pastoral situation, when the participants are blessed with the resources to do so well, and when it is judged that this will truly glorify God and sanctify the worshippers.’” – John Ainslie

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What’s It All About?

Making changes for the sake of making changes, not for the sake of improving anything, is a way to let everyone know who is in charge in the church these days.