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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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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Declaro me ministerio Episcopi Romae, Successoris Sancti Petri.renuntiare..,

February 11, 2013. There are certain dates that stand out in our mind as unforgettable. Depending on our age or historical sense dates like December 71941, November 22, 1963, and of course September 11, 2001 ring like bells in our memories. I say “of course” for the last named but one has to admit that …

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