Listen up!

Dear friends, A recent Baptism for a couple’s new born daughter got me thinking. The form of the Rite they wanted was the old or “extraordinary form” or the former ( Latin)  Rite of Baptism   ( now allowable again). At one point after the baby was baptized, the Ritual directed me to touch the mouth …

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1789.. and all that.

Soon after the new Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789, transforming a loose collection of independent and mutually suspicious newly independent States into a stronger Federal Union of mutually suspicious States , it was pointed out there was ( and is) no reference to God in this basic charter of American existence …

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The beat goes on….

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/293141/miserable-women-kathryn-jean-lopez?pg=1 A recent article ( linked above) makes a good and plain case for what is the real issue concerning the recent HHS mandates proposed by the Obama Administration. What should have been seen as a question of religious entities being able to set their own guidelines and policies has now been turned ( with …

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The next step….just saying…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9117804/Abortion-article-author-receives-death-threats.html   The above article is a follow up to a story in the London Daily Telegraph newspaper concerning an “academic proposal” made in The Journal of Medical Ethics (!) just recently. You will notice the backtracking of one of the original authors of the “proposal”. You will also notice it was not even defended as a …

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A mockery…

This morning I was reading a part of the daily Liturgy of the Hours, or Breviary. It is an obligation of all priests, transitional deacons, and most vowed religious and permanent deacons to pray this daily liturgical prayer divided into “hours” according to the time of day. In the “Little Hour” of Terce ( “third hour” or Midmorning Prayer) there …

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“The Issue”

One of the strangest developments of this year’s presidential primary campaign in the Republican Party has been the repeated and public use of the word “contraception”. Major political candidates for the highest public office are being asked in the secular media their “stand on contraception”.  This does not betoken a renewed interest in what has …

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Oh, is that good?

Oh? Is that good? Just the other day I saw an article that came over the “internets” (as George W. Bush used to say) concerning a priest in another diocese. He is 72 years old, the pastor of a small parish, whose letter of resignation was just accepted by his Bishop. The reason for his …

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Happy New Year….

Today we celebrate the beginning of the New Year 2012 with a liturgical day that has had several names over the years: Octave Day of Christmas; Circumcision of the Lord; World Day of Peace; and its more usual designation: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This latter name can be a bit misleading to the average …

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