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Archive for April, 2016

Malines Conversation Group discusses ordination rites and Amoris Laetitia

“I think it’s true to say we don’t use the language of ‘null and void’ any more” as that’s “clearly not what is spoken by the gestures, generosity, and warmth which we see time and time again.”

RCIA Retention Rates Not Just Good, They’re Excellent

We’ve all heard it. When the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) comes up in discussion as a good thing for the church or as one of the come-from-behind success stories of post-Vatican II liturgy, someone will always pipe up and say: “But I’ve read somewhere there’s a shocking rate of them leaving afterwards,” […]

A Place for Reconciliation

Should the Church be holding more open-air reconciliation events, out in the sunshine?

At the movies

I am wondering if readers have examples to offer of liturgies depicted in movies or in fictional / dramatic television productions.

Good Table Manners?

“The fact that by the end of Vatican II the church’s dogmatic teaching treated the Mass in terms not of propitiatory sacrifice but of table—the one table of Christ, both Word and Body—cannot be overestimated in relation to the reform of the Mass that followed. The popular, practical import over the ensuing half-century in the United States is evident in the way the vast majority of the Catholic laity have developed a highly open, forgiving, and inclusive view of who is welcomed not only to take part as members of the liturgical assembly but also to join in Holy Communion.”


Preparing for a reflection

I was asked to preach at a Vespers service at the Institute for Church Life here at Notre Dame last week, and they very kindly hosted the reflection on the Church Life website. The topic is the Easter season for those of us in academic life, who are extremely rushed right now. “Easter in the […]

Assembly a little sleepy mid-Easter Vigil? No problem.

So we all know how, by the middle of the Easter Vigil, our attention can begin to wane and our eyes to grow heavy. Here is one way to wake everyone up and bring in Easter with a bang.

Pope Warns Against Admitting Rigid, Fundamentalist Young Men into Seminary

“Father, have you ever asked yourself why there are policemen who are torturers?”

Non Solum: Baccalaureate Mass

Where does the Baccalaureate Mass come from? What Mass texts and readings are used?

Paul J. Philibert, OP, has died

A noted scholar and teacher, Fr. Philibert was a senior fellow at the Aquinas Institute in St. Louis at the time of his death.