Daily Archives: 6 May 2009

Gotta read this: the child of the “Fetal Hand Grasp” photo

From the blog And Sometimes Tea. My emphases: It has been ten years since photographer Michael Clancy, then pro-choice, took some pictures during a fetal surgery that changed his mind about abortion. And that famous picture is still changing minds … Continue reading

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A flash from the past…

While working on a WDTPRS article for the paper, I rediscovered something I wrote some years back.  I thought some of you might enjoy it…. With all the gorgeous prayers from various ancient Latin sacramentaries at our disposal, was it … Continue reading

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Have any positive news?

I think we need some happy news!

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Thomas Reese, SJ “Memo to Bishops: Most Catholics Aren’t Listening”

From The Washington Post we have this slithery piece from Thomas Reese, SJ: Memo to Bishops: Most Catholics Aren’t Listening THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. During the 2008 presidential campaign, there was a steady drumbeat of opposition … Continue reading

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Gollum… Gollum

Tolkien fan? Have you watched this yet?The Hunt For Gollum

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Exotic Communion practices of the past!

From a reader.  My emphases: I thought you would find the following interesting.  I was at a meeting at my NO parish last night and found this small book obviously being used by the youth ccd director.  I’m sure it … Continue reading

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Swiss Guard-ettes?

Grrr. Vatican Swiss Guards consider opening to women By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Writer   – Wed May 6, 7:16 am ET VATICAN CITY – The Vatican’s Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits Wednesday … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: territorial parishes

A reader sent a question.  I consulted a canonist for the answer: Can you discuss the role that parishes play for most Catholics in worship?  In particular, I wanted to know the duty that people had to join their territorial … Continue reading

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A Dubium answered: Celebrant’s Communion after the faithful

Have you ever seen a priest/celebrant during Mass receive Communion after everyone else? I have.  And the answer I was given was… I am not making this up… "It is rude not to serve your guests first." No kidding. The … Continue reading

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Emended Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia

The April Newsletter of the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship is out. There is an interesting article about the new printing of the Missale Romanum.  There are corrections of spelling, grammatical and typographical errors. Holy See Issues Emended Missale Romanum, … Continue reading

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Swine Flu Musings

The April Newsletter of the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship is out. Inter alia there is an article entitle, "Ten Questions on Influenza/Swine Flu and the Liturgy" After Q&A about how influenza is transmitted, in #8 we are told that … Continue reading

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I mentioned the other day that I had seen Mr. Indigo Bunting. This morning he showed up again on the farther feeder, but I had the camera with the zoom handy. He thinks he is an Oriole… In the meantime, … Continue reading

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Eastern Christian New Media Award

Among the various bloggy/webby awards out there, don’t forget the Eastern Christian New Media Awards.  

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