Petition: Belgian priests and laity call for reforms (UPDATED)

8,235 signatories in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking half of Belgium), including politicians and intellectuals as well as about a tenth of all Flemish priests, deacons and lay Church workers, have called for reforms including ordination of women and married people. The head of the Belgian bishops’ conference accepted the petition along with the Flemish bishops and thanked the group.

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“Women’s Experiences” and Sacramental Theology

My current research investigates developments in sacramental theology and practice with an emphasis on the practices of women… obviously a daunting task. Roman Catholic women worldwide have as many different experiences and visions of sacramental life as there are individual women; 2 X chromosomes simply do not suffice to establish globally shared “women’s experiences.”

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Latin Pontifical High Mass (1962 form) by Archbishop Wenski, Miami

“This wonderful celebration is an opportunity to experience beautiful music in its intended spiritual setting, but also to be immersed in the rich symbolism of the Tridentine Mass…By becoming more familiar with and deeply rooted in the Mass of the 1962 Missale Romanum, we can better understand the Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI and its accompanying ars celebrandi.

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Two Models of the RCIA

It occurs to me that there are two dominant models according to which the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is understood and practiced. In one, the RCIA is primarily a process of catechesis ordered toward the intellectual and/or spiritual development of the participants; in the other, it is primarily a series of rites leading to Baptism.

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