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Archive for November, 2013

Cappa Magna and Medici Chant at Latin Mass in Vienna

Simplicity doesn’t refer to liturgical style but to way of life: what do you think?

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Viewpoint: Mary’s Immaculate Conception Celebrates the Dignity of the Church and of Christians

The writings of Hugo Rahner and of then-Cardinal Ratzinger (in his beautiful little book, “Daughter Zion”) point out that early Christian theology and preaching developed the image of the “immaculate Church” in a very extensive way.

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Yves Congar, My Journal of the Council, Part XV

“These bishops told me that one of the benefits of the Council is that one sees the Curia close up and can see how small-minded it is.”

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Francis’s Joy-Filled Exhortation

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”

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Non Solum: Praying with Liturgical Ministers

Do liturgical ministers in your community pray together before liturgy? How?


Sarum Blue: The Great Untruth

“Some of the newer ideas—include the use of blue for Advent—appear to derive from erroneous assumptions or scholarship about the past that is more creative than comprehensive.” – J. Barrington Bates

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Yves Congar, My Journal of the Council, Part XIV

“One of the results of the Council will be the emergence of a new kind of bishop. Just as after Trent a new type of bishop emerged, more pastoral than feudal, so now, in the middle of the twentieth century. This new kind of bishop will be characterized by the presence of the Church to the world.”

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Viewpoint: Pope Francis Inspires Questions about Clergy Lifestyles

“There is a great deal in Pope Francis’ style of life and ministry that inspires questions about the ways clergy live and minister.” — M. Francis Mannion


Music at John F. Kennedy’s Funeral

A grief-stricken nation watched the President’s [John F. Kennedy’s] funeral on television, and many non-Catholic viewers wondered what type of ceremony this would be. Here was a great religion with an impressive legacy of religious music; here was the funeral of the first Roman Catholic president of the United States, and heads of state from all over the world would be in the congregation. The music had to be nothing but the best.

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Non Solum: Worship Leaflets or Number Boards

In looking at a recent congregational worship leaflet, I came to the realization that much of what is printed there is unnecessary for people’s active and intelligent participation.