Quote of the day

“It’s like breaking in a new pair of shoes. The old shoes are comfortable and broken in, and it takes awhile to break in a new pair, and I think that is where we still are at; the breaking in stage.”

– Rev. John Yonkovig, Lake Placid, NY, on the new Roman Missal.

Read how one parish has adapted to it.


  1. Midwestlady says:

    I hope this doesn’t mean, “Now we’ve learned it. Now it’s time to dumb it down and turn it into slop in our own image.”

  2. While it is your blog and your right to close comments, I disagree with your reasoning. It is the equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and ignoring the current state of affairs of the Catholic universe.

    This blog serves as an important touchstone for many Catholics. The back and forth you see here is a mirror held to the varied beliefs of the average Catholic. Most are quite shocked that their is a diversity of opinion and strike back with infantile insults which is okay. It’s like slowly getting into a scalding bath of diversity of opinion, … ouch, ouch, oww, ohhh, until one is acclimated. No one is actually hurt and some may actually grow from the experience.

    My main problem with this blog is that it studiously ignores real issues affecting the church with almost a determined cognitive dissonance which I feel is based on a political bias.

    Example: A complete lack of coverage of the planned civil disobedience by American Catholic church leadership with respect to Obamacare.

    “Catholic bishops of the United States are now preparing Catholics for what may be the most massive campaign of civil disobedience in this country since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and early 1960s.

    “Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified,” the bishops state in a document developed to be inserted into church bulletins in Catholic parishes around the country in June.

    “Every effort must be made to repeal them,” the bishops say in the document, which is already posted on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.”

    The bulletin insert reminds Catholic parishioners that the bishops have called for “A Fortnight of Freedom” — which they have described as “a special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action” — to take place from June 21 to July 4.”

    Perhaps I will open my own blog, but I will make sure that folks are afforded the opportunity to be heard. I may not like what they say, but I will have my big boy pants on.

  3. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Thanks, George.

    I encourage you to open your own blog, covering whatever you find of interest. You clearly have something to say and the time and energy to say it.

    Good luck.


  4. Oregon Catholic says:

    I commend you and The Anchoress for closing comments. I hope it becomes permanent. I like to read your blogs but too often I find myself sucked in to the nastiness. Now, if you could convince Mark Shea to close his comments too it would bring the nastiness meter on the Catholic channel down to reasonable levels. Mainly it would then come from the atheists and pagans who like to hang out on Bad Catholic.

  5. ron chandonia says:

    And Deacon Bill Ditewig follows suit by shutting down his blog altogether. UGH! The only online discussion site remotely comparable to this one was the old Amy Welborn blog. On every other Catholic site, both the initial posts and the comments are heavily agendized, either to the far left (dot.Commonweal and Vox Nova) or the far right (Father Z). Deacon Greg has exposed his readers to the full range of contemporary Catholicism in America, primarily in his posts but also in the wide span of comments those posts attract. I hope and pray he will make this no-comment break a brief one. If not, I may have to . . . get a life?

  6. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Thank you, Ron.

    You “get” this blog, and what I’m aiming to do. I appreciate your readership, and am grateful that you keep coming back. :-)


  7. Joe Cleary says:

    Deacon Greg-

    I always thought the name of your blog ( even with the pun) spoke more of conversation one has sitting on a bench with another person and less of a one sided dialogue from a pulpit.
    Obviously you were looking to moderate a polite discussion on a bench, not referee one of those MMA cage match free-for-alls on pay per view.

    It would be hard for anyone who read your post on your schedule last weekend to miss why you would choose to back off from the 24/7 referee role. Fortunately ,you will continue the blog, and I especially hope post your homilies, which are the main reason I have come and will continue to come to the site.

    Wishing you an extraordinary ‘Ordinary Time’ starting next weekend.

  8. richard kuebbing says:

    I get to be on the Internet only seldom so I have a method to my reading. It means I am always behind but in a logical method. I can find my way out.

    on this post:

    New shoes become old shoes not because the feet change but because the feet change the shoes. No matter how long it is used, the new translation is not going to change. And its warts will still be there.

    I have three parishes: During singing season, I sing at the Sunday morning choir Mass at a medium sized parish in the suburbs. It is adapting well to the new readings moderately well. But even the priests, particularly the oldest, the pastor, still stumble at times even during the ordinary prayers.

    The second is a very large parish where, during the summer, I attend the 5:30 Sunday evening Mass SRO. Excellent music ensemble led by the wife of the composer in residence who plays bass. Two things are noticeable. 1) the people are singing a lot less, especially the new Mass parts. 2) the people are seriously stumbling over the responses, especially the Creed, but also the Gloria. The demographic for that Mass skews young.

    There seems to have been a decision to put older music into that evening Mass of a style not previously used much. The young people don’t know the music and don’t appear to be learning it.

    The Mass has a tradition of singing all the verses of the final hymn. Hymns the people know are still sung with gusto to the end, usually with applause as a sign of joy at the end of a fruitful event. Others are not.

    Anecdotal evidence of the signs of the times.

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