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Update on The French Bishops

Posted: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 @ 10:36 pm in Culture, Subcultures | Comments Off on Update on The French Bishops

Ten of them have made thier position clear.  Amy Welborn has a French article and translation here.  It seems they are flat out opposed to the Institute of the Good Shepherd (basically an indult community specifically for former SSPX priests) and the Traditional Mass motu proprio.  The grounds on which they object?  The theology of […]

Deus Caritas Est – Part II

Posted: Sunday, October 29th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm in Theology | 1 Comment »

This is the second post is a series of reflections on Pope Benedict’s first encyclical. Part 1 is here. Love of Neighbor Pope Benedict writes very eloquently on love of neighbor in Deus Caritas Est. For example he shows that since Jesus said that “as you did it to one of the least of these […]

Oh Those Tricky French Clergy

Posted: Friday, October 27th, 2006 @ 7:51 am in Liturgy | 1 Comment »

The French clergy have their knickers in a twist about the impending (or should I say rumored) Latin Mass motu proprio.  A bunch of French clerics wrote a letter to the Holy Father basically asking him not to issue the motu proprio.  They brandished the usual, lame reason why it shouldn’t happen.  It will plunge […]

Deus Caritas Est – Part I

Posted: Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 @ 9:50 pm in Culture, Philosophy | 2 Comments »

I recently had the chance to re-read Pope Benedict’s encyclical Deus Caritas Est. I read it when it first came out. I had been thinking a lot about my own role in helping the poor before it came out. When I read it, it seemed like a confirmation of my recent thoughts that I need […]

Two is better than one

Posted: Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Two is better than one

So, how far do you go to explain the outward symbols of our faith (e.g. medals, statuary, etc) to a four year old? The other day my wife noticed a Rosary hanging on the crucifix above my three year old son’s bed. “Did you hang that up there?” She asked him. My four year old […]

Happy (Belated) Feast of St. Luke

Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2006 @ 11:42 am in Culture, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

Uh-oh, I didn’t get my St. Luke post up yesterday. Since St. Luke is the patron of this blog, and my own chosen patron, I better get something up. Here are a few links followed by a few thoughts of my own. Here is a link to his page at the Patron Saint Index. Here […]

Learning About the History of the Roman Liturgy

Posted: Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm in Liturgy | Comments Off on Learning About the History of the Roman Liturgy

With all the discussion about liturgy these days it is worthwile for any Cahtolic who wants to discuss these issues to aquaint himself with liturgical history. To that end, here is link to a page with some good suggestions for learning more abou the history of the Latin Rite liturgy. Also this web site from […]

The New Indult

Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2006 @ 9:02 pm in Liturgy | Comments Off on The New Indult

Catholic blogs and mainstream media alike are abuzz with news about the rumored “liberalization” of the traditional Latin Mass. The consensus is that a document is pretty much complete and something is coming soon. The exact nature and the timing are purely speculation at this point. I am not going to speculate on what exactly […]

Contemplating the Pierced Side of Christ

Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm in Theology | Comments Off on Contemplating the Pierced Side of Christ

After my recent posts on Matrimony and the Eucharist, I am starting to understand why Pope Benedict is always talking about the pierced side of Christ. (If you haven’t noticed he regularly invites us to contemplate this, especially in Deus Caritas Est, but also in a variety of other addresses.) It seemed a little strange […]

Matrimony and Eucharist

Posted: Thursday, October 12th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm in Sacraments | Comments Off on Matrimony and Eucharist

My really old missal highlights some excellent symbolism in the sacrament of marriage. “It is better for husband and wife that they should receive the sacrament of marriage at Mass, for on the altar is always renewed and realized more and more the mystery of the union of Christ and His Church which was consummated […]


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