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Archive for January, 2015

Worn Out Days

In the years that have followed the second council of the Vatican many aspects of our life have changed. And we might add, they needed to change in a radical manner.

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Viewpoint: Housework Can Be the Source of Profound Spirituality

The home is a place of refuge and protection from the chaotic world.


Non Solum: The Presentation of the Lord, aka. Candlemas

Every February 2nd the Church celebrates the Presentation of the Lord.


Pope Francis and the Pallium

News out of Rome this week is that there will be changes to the way in which the pallia are distributed to the new metropolitan archbishops.

My New Book: Burke-Sullivan, Lawler and Salzman; The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes Then and Now

“We hope that all Catholics (and anyone else) who want to be better informed about Vatican II and Gaudium et spes and their relevance for the 21st century will buy the book and become active participants in realizing the communion, participatory model of church that Vatican II envisioned.”

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Interviewing Liturgical Leaders: Margot Fassler

Knowing the liturgy and its sources and how to use them for building the church is the most important work we theologians have to do.


Liturgy in Collegeville: From the Archives – Part XXXVII

Should there be one acolyte or two? Who should be an acolyte? How should an acolyte be selected?


Pastoral Difficulties with Recently Ordained Priests

Training of priests must be “a work of art, not a police action. We must form their hearts. Otherwise we are creating little monsters.” – Pope Francis

Chauvet Newly Translated in German

Nearly thirty years since its original publication in France (June 1987) and twenty years after its English translation (December 1994), Louis-Marie Chauvet’s Symbole et Sacrement has just been released in German (Symbol und Sakrament, Pustet-Verlag, January 2015).

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On Mark, Papyrus and Mummies

A team of researchers has apparently found what is believed to be the oldest-known copy of a gospel, a section of the Gospel of Mark dating back to about 90 CE, much older than previously discovered texts.