September 10, 2001.

Twelve years ago today, Rudolph Guiliani was not “America’s Mayor” but a morose, embattled politician facing the end of his second term as Mayor with a public and messy divorce, troubled children, and living in a friend’s apartment leaving Gracie Mansion to his angry soon-to-be ex-second-wife as he battled prostate cancer. Twelve years ago today …

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Liturgy and Life

To anyone who lived through the Liturgical Reform/Revolution of the post-Vatican II era the title of this entry must ring a bell. There had to be dozens of articles, columns, seminars, “up-dating” courses that had the above as a title. However, I offer the following as a thought-provoking reflection on the current state of the …

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What will this child be?

July 25, 2013 About a hundred and fifty-five years ago, Walter Bagehot wrote in his The English Constitution that royalty was “the brilliant edition of a universal fact.” He wrote in the first half of the reign of Queen Victoria (r. 1837-1901) reflecting on what was then a relatively novel notion: “a FAMILY upon the Throne.” Hitherto British monarchs …

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Words..words…words….

April 16th, 2013 It is a well-known phenomenon that whenever revolutionaries take over a society or nation, they have to change the language, the very words, their new subjects use. In this way they can more easily eradicate tradition and change the memory of a whole people. When Lenin and the Bolsheviks imposed their rule …

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A new Pope..and the buzz.

Billowing white smoke on March 13th announced the surprising election of the new Holy Father, Pope Francis. By the time you read this he will have celebrated his Holy Week and Masses and undoubtedly will be making his impact upon the Church and the world as all Popes do. The media is already making much of the …

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Sede vacante

Sede Vacante That ancient phrase in Latin, meaning literally “The Chair is empty”, describes the present phase of the Church’s life. The Chair of Peter is empty and we await another man to step into the “Shoes of the Fisherman” as a movie of many years ago had it. The visual symbol of this can be found …

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“Jerry was always a goofball…”

The sentence above came from an article I recently read online. Originally published in The New Yorker it was about the sexual scandals at Penn State, specifically in its football program of which an assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was the protagonist. Accused and now convicted of repeated and often totally unimpeded acts of criminal and inappropriate sexual …

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