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Reading Council Documents Well

Choosing either Vatican I or Vatican II does not clarify the truth of the church’s nature and mission.

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“Your Hearts Will Rejoice”

Paging through this volume is like taking a tour of the whole Easter lectionary, beginning with the Paschal Vigil and running all the way through Pentecost. It invites us to slow down and appreciate what the church recalls at this time each year.

Review of Celebrating Divine Mystery by Catherine Vincie

Catherine Vincie’s Celebrating Divine Mystery: A Primer in Liturgical Theology, should be included on the reading list of any pastoral minister, particularly in the Roman Catholic tradition.

How many hands does it take…?

This year’s Easter Vigil was a real logistical ordeal for presiders.

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Review of A Handbook for Catholic Preaching

Foley, Edward, gen. ed., with Catherine Vincie and Richard Fragomeni, ass. eds. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016. Cosponsored by The Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics and The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, A Handbook for Catholic Preaching is an extraordinary resource. It provides in concise yet comprehensive format […]

Viewpoint: Prayer of Acceptance is Neglected Mode of Address to God

God does not always intervene to resolve terrible experiences; rather he gives the strength to live through them with profound faith in the indestructible glory of the kingdom of heaven.


Book Review: Hermeneutics of Hymnody: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Understanding Hymns

This book arises from the tension between the need for an interdisciplinary study of hymnody and the difficulty language has in expressing a polyphonic valence.

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Book Review: There is No Rose of Such Virtue (Aidan Nichols, OP)

My “gap” in Marian knowledge reflects perhaps a wider trend for Catholics whose subconsciouses were formed not during the heyday of Marian piety in the 1950s, but in the post-Conciliar decades of the 1970s and 1980s.

Book Review: The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders

For readers whose assumptions and understandings of the development of the papacy are largely formed by the long-lived residue of Whig historiography – in my experience, that includes the vast majority of American (very much including American Catholic) people – Peter Heather’s work represents a relatively accessible and interesting door to perspectives opened by newer generations of scholarship.

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My New Book: Donna M. Eschenauer; First Communion Liturgies: Preparing First-Class First Celebrations

The chapters of the book are an attempt to “stir up” a deeper consciousness regarding how we prepare and celebrate First Communion. Many “out of place” practices or so-called “adaptations,” have taught over two generations that these “adaptations” are acceptable and these are what make the day a special event.

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