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Archive for June, 2013

Under Pressure, Swiss Catholic Priests Reject Ecumenical Eucharistic Celebration

Tomorrow the Catholic bishops of Basel, Chur, and St. Gall will meet in Rome with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Müller.

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No more “liberals” or “conservatives”?

Should US Catholics avoid the terms “liberal” and “conservative” and “moderate” to refer to each other?

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When Pope Francis adds to his prepared homily text

As is his style, Francis deviated from the prepared text when he delivered the homily. It is fascinating to see what changes he made.

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Music for the Church’s Worship 3: Liturgical Music by Dr. Lynn Trapp

In my experience it is quite rare to find a composer who can write idiomatically in both “classical” and “folk” styles, let alone one who has such a sense of what is appropriate for ritual, conducive to prayer, and within the capabilities of most parish musicians. I hope that Dr. Trapp will continue to bless us with his liturgical compositions for many years to come.

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New Secretary of State? New prefect of Divine Worship?

CNA reports that the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship would be Archbishop Piero Marini.

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Lutheran St. Thomas Choir from Leipzig to sing at Mass with Pope Saturday

The famous Lutheran choir has sung in the Vatican before, but not at a liturgy.

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Association of US Catholic Priests passes resolutions

Resolutions were rejected asking permission to use the 1974 Sacramentary and calling for discussion of women and married men in the priesthood.

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Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 51

Article 51 decrees that the Roman Rite liturgy is to be reviewed and reformed in such a way that more biblical material is made available to worshipers.


Pope Francis: “I am not a Renaissance prince…”

Whether it leads to any real changes in governance remains to be seen. Time will tell. No predictions from me. Just hopes and prayers.

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Music for the Church’s Worship 2: Luke Mayernick “Ever Ancient, Ever New”

The collection “Ever Ancient, Ever New” contains twelve compositions by Luke Mayernik (including seasonal variants) and two “Thanksgiving Psalms” by Henry Seymour.

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