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Archive for November, 2015

Cardinal Sarah Corrects Pope Francis on Intercommunion

So there you have it.

Help, It’s Advent and Our Paraments Clash!

Despite our many gifts, I am stuck this Advent season on one small point for our parish. We are a purple-clashing disaster.

The Holy Year Begins… In the Peripheries

Another first for Pope Francis.

Viewpoint: The Pact of the Catacombs is Still Relevant Today

The Pact of the Catacombs can today inspire clergy to adopt its spirit in ways that are feasible.


Opening Rites at Mass with Pope in Kenya

Look what happens in the dance between the opening Collect and the First Reading.

Bishops of England and Wales Call for Change to New Good Friday Prayer for Jews

The new wording was written by Pope Benedict in 2008 for use in the Extraordinary Form on Good Friday.

The German Language Order of the Mass

The Roman document Liturgiam authenticam can be interpreted in a variety of ways, and bishops’ conferences are differing widely in their implementation of it.

More on the introductory rites of Mass

I firmly believe that what happens in those opening minutes is “make or break”, and that a decline in attendance may be largely attributable to getting it wrong at this early point in the rite.

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Pope Francis: Be Careful Who You Admit to Seminary

One must think twice when a young man “is too confident, rigid, and fundamentalist.”

Viewpoint: Some Items That Caught My Attention Recently

I cannot write in this column about everything that comes across my desk. Even if I could, not everything would fill a complete column, but some things deserve a mention.