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Milestones in Papal Ecumenism: Part Nine

The significance of a joint service, with both the Pope and the president of the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Nikolas Schneider, jointly presiding and both giving the final blessing, in Erfurt should not be under estimated.

Milestones in Papal Ecumenism: Part Eight

“It is the Lord’s commandment, but also the imperative of the present hour, to carry on dialogue with conviction at all levels of the Church’s life.”

Reconciliation Born of the Cross and Forged in Fire

“Bless His Holiness Pope Francis who inspired by the Cross of Nails, bears witness to the grace and truth of your crucified and risen Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. . .” – Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Catholic worship has been transformed — over two centuries

A Benedictine monk describes how Catholic worship in Britain changed through 175 years

On Popes and Synod Majorities

And then the synod proposal went to Pope Benedict … who did nothing with it.

The Pope’s Painful Liturgies?

I guess I don’t see Pope Francis joyless in celebrating the liturgy. He seems to me to be serious and prayerful.

Damian Thompson on the Changing Catholic Blogosphere

Say a prayer for Pray Tell, woudja? And for everyone who blogs about church and liturgy, whatever label you might attach to them.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Sacred Music

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recently offered some intriguing reflections on sacred music, including on his own experiences.  Post-Vatican II developments come in for some predictable critiques.  But some of Benedict’s reflections also strike me as quite beautiful (such as his thoughts on music being born out three key experiences: the experience of love, of suffering […]

Whither Confirmation?

The “age of confirmation” in the dioceses of the United States at present is 7 to 16. This isn’t a coherent vision.

Communion Procession Blessings Revisited

There has been a recent highly-placed endorsement of the practice of blessing non-communicants at communion time.