Monthly Archives: May 2016

John Allen: the liturgy wars have gone quiet, but have not gone away.

The promulgation of the revised translation of the Mass in Roman Missal 3 in 2011 was the moment I knew that I was committed to reform in the Catholic Church.  I have never accepted the horrible “Latinglish” version of this … Continue reading

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Bishops don’t always have to agree with Francis to back him

If I could ask John Allen some questions, they would be the following:  Why does his fellow “Vaticanista”, the very conservative Sandro Magister, who has been at this since before John learned to smoke and therefore has much better insider … Continue reading

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Eye on Francis May 2016

I write a monthly column for the American Catholic Council web page called Eye on Franics.  I unpack something Francis has recently said, or in the column this month, something he has done and apply it for the “Average Lay … Continue reading

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Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, Pentecost, May 15, 2016

Here is a note from Fr. Jim in relation to the upcoming weeks: I will be away from my home and my desk.  So this is a brief heads-up about…. my Sunday homilies. There will be no homily….in my residence … Continue reading

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Don’t make Mary the feminine face of God

This rather long but well-written article by Sr. Elizabeth Johnson is from 1994 but recently re-run in US Catholic.  If you have never read any of  Elizabeth Johnson’s books, they are wonderful.  Recall that she is the theologian…she teaches at … Continue reading

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On “Deaconesses,” A Commission Doesn’t Equal The Result

There have been a lot of articles and commenting about this since the story broke yesterday.  I think this article is about the most balanced and best of the bunch.  Rocco Palma was the consummate “insider” during his Vatican years … Continue reading

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Vatican Needs New Approach to Teaching “Amoris Laetitia” in South Africa

I suspect the author’s theory would apply to other parts of the world.  He makes the point that it is 250 pages long, but does not mention that the page margins used by the Vatican are at least 3 inches … Continue reading

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Doctrine at the service of the pastoral mission of the Church

The “teaser” I have posted below may lead you to think this is going to be some sort of boring historical piece.  Read on.  It gets interesting….reyanna By Thomas P. Rausch, S.J.            May 9, 2016 … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Brussels Speaks Out for Married Priests

Unfortunately I could not find the entire interview mentioned in this brief article in English.  When I do find it, I will be sure to post it here.  This archbishop is a new appointee within the last year or so, … Continue reading

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The pontificate might be stuck in the mud

I am not too sure about Mickens’ hypothesis.  I recently asked someone with very, very insider status in the Vatican two questions: Do you feel that the processes he…meaning PF… has begun are beginning to have effects, especially in the institutional … Continue reading

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