Is There a Way to Get Beyond Making the Best of a Bad Liturgy?

The following is an exchange I facilitated between Villanova theologian Kevin Hughes and Notre Dame liturgist Timothy O'Malley (I'll resist the urge to say "Go Zags!").Their exchange grew out of a discussion I started with the statement, "Bad liturgy is a form of penance."Kevin Hughes: You’ve written so beautifully about the relationship between liturgy and life, and I have learned so much. You’re following in a great tradition of writers like Romano Guardini, Alexander Schmemann, Joseph … [Read more...]

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Extraterrestrials Aren’t a Threat to Theology, Because They Aren’t New to the Ancient Church

I'm completely enthralled with the question, "Is there anybody out there?" --Fr. Brian Reedy SJ The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration captured the attention and imagination of a global audience late last month when NASA scientists announced the discovery of seven planets orbiting a star dubbed TRAPPIST-1 (an acronym for Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope). These planets are a mere 40 light-years away from Earth, all of which are Earth-sized, and three of wh … [Read more...]

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The Young Pope: The Second Coming of Brideshead Revisited?

In many ways, The Young Pope is the second coming of Brideshead Revisited.In the place of a millionaire with a teddy bear, we have a Pope with a pet kangaroo. Charles Ryder drinks champagne every afternoon; Lenny Belardo downs a Cherry Coke Zero every morning. The stately spires of Oxford have given way to the sumptuous splendor of Rome. And Papa Belardo can be as savagely witty as Waugh himself.[NOTA BENE: many of the links in this post lead to YouTube videos to give you an … [Read more...]

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Executive Director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Responds to “Catholic Spring” Wikileaks Allegations

When I woke up this morning, I never thought I would get caught up in WikiLeaks drama.Prominent commentators have used a stolen e-mail thread from political operatives in 2011 (while I was a 21-year-old college student) about my organization, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, in an attempt to impugn both my integrity and my organization's work.So let's set the record straight: every day, my colleagues and I work tirelessly to promote the social mission of Pope Francis and the … [Read more...]

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Will Priests For Life Pull Its $445,000 Out of the Trumpster Fire?

$445,000.00 is nearly half a million dollars. Is Priests for Life budgeting almost half a million dollars for their 2016 election campaign? It would seem so.When you submit the terms “Priests for Life”, “Election”, and “Plan” for a Google search, the first result is Priests for Life’s “Election 2016 Plan of Action, End Abortion and Save America“. Oddly enough, the plan is described as “confidential” – but is neatly set up to be found by anyone interested in what Priests for Life is up to this … [Read more...]

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Reflections of a Priest from India on the Consequences of White Privilege in America

As I've remarked on occasion, I have social media "friends" of all kinds of political and religious backgrounds, though the majority are politically conservative and Roman Catholic. In some circles, it seems, talking about the reality of what is called "white privilege" in American society is treated with anger, derision, or worse. I find this truly puzzling, because, to me, the phenomenon is self-evident, or at least borne out by experience.Acknowledging the subtle and pervasive ways in … [Read more...]

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Humility Turns Away the Liturgy Police

Last week, I wrote a reflection on the role of discipline in the Christian life. I concluded with the following:Likewise, each person on the path to the "narrow gate" must follow certain guidelines so as to not get caught in the underbrush or ambushed by wild animals. But how one travels the path is between you and God.I was quite pleased with the piece; it got many social media interactions. But pride goeth before the fall, as they say, and God didn’t wait very long to see how se … [Read more...]

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How Does Stanley Hauerwas Perform the Faith?

This is a personal reflection on the work of Stanley Hauerwas in celebration of his 76th birthday.I have had the honor of working with Stanley Hauerwas for over a decade. Before I began he expressed his one concern, "Carole, I'm just worried you're going to be bored." At the time I had just finished my masters degree, I had a three year old and another baby on the way. "Stanley," I answered, "I'd welcome a little boredom in my life." Although there are days when certain aspects of work life … [Read more...]

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The Structural Sin of Racism Rends the Body of Christ

Anyone with the slightest sensitivity…cannot fail to recognize the nature of National Socialism: naturalistic, antagonistic to the things of the spirit, and based on a materialism of blood….The deeds of the National Socialists truly correspond to the spirit of the Antichrist.--Dietrich Von Hildebrand, My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich As anyone who knows me well enough will be able to tell you when asked, I am indeed very passionate (pe … [Read more...]

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Analyzing Steve Skojec’s Poop Slinging at the Pope: A Running Commentary

I exhort you — be zealous to do all things in harmony with God, with the bishop presiding in the place of God, and the presbyters in the place of the Council of the Apostles, and the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the service of Jesus Christ, who was from eternity with the Father and was made manifest at the end of time. Be all in conformity with God, and respect one another, and let no man judge his neighbour according to the flesh, but in everything love one another in Jesus C … [Read more...]

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