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Archive for October, 2013

German lay leader on authority, falsely understood

When leadership comes under pressure, it falls into authoritarian models.

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Viewpoint: Lay and Ordained Ministries

The priest is more than a managerial functionary. He is called to the vocation of “ordering” the sacramental life of the parish

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CDF Prefect on the Priesthood Crisis

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller has lamented a Protestantization of the image of the Catholic priest

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Non Solum: When to Use the Sprinkling Rite

The Roman Missal allows for the substitution of the sprinkling rite for the Penitential Act on Sundays throughout the year, but especially at Easter, as a reminder of baptism.

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Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 62

Art. 62 makes the transition from the theoretical foundations found in arts. 59-61 to the subsequent practical decrees for the revision of the celebration of sacraments other than the Eucharist and of the sacramentals.

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Book Review: Praying and Believing in Early Christianity: The Interplay between Christian Worship and Doctrine by Maxwell E. Johnson

Classically the field of Liturgical Studies is divided into three subsets: history, theology, and praxis. This work is unique among historians of liturgy because it explicitly connects all three, and it does so in a concise and accessible way.

Non Solum: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

What are your practices to remember the dead?

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The Christmas Collection

Where does the money in the Christmas collection go?

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Viewpoint: A Spirituality of Ruins

Ruins remind us that every aspect of life does not have a happy ending. All we can do is recognize our ruins, accept them, lament over them—and then commend them to God in the firm faith that only he has the power to rebuild in the day of eternity.

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Yves Congar, My Journal of the Council, Part VII

I have just come back from the opening ceremony. … I see the weight, that has never been renounced, of the period when the Church behaved as a feudal lord, when it had temporal power, when popes and bishops were lords who had a court, gave patronage to artists and sought a pomp equal to that of the Caesars. That, the Church has never repudiated in Rome. To emerge from the Constantinian era has never been part of its program.

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