It’s Fourth of July Weekend: Will Your Parish Sing Patriotic Hymns?

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Will your parish include patriotic songs in the liturgy this weekend? I'm talking about the old "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful" sort of tunes.I read a discussion about this sticky issue over on Reddit:  Some very reasonable Catholics take exception to the practice of interrupting the sacred liturgy with a celebration of a secular holiday--in this case the Fourth of July. The Redditor who complained over on /r/Catholicism said, We have Christ -- … [Read more...]

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Shouldn’t We Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday on July 2?

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I'm a fan of Dan Lewis' book Now I Know and his daily email blog by the same name. He uncovers the "news behind the news"--the unusual facts which leave you scratching your head, and the trivia that will make you the hit at any party. Whatever happened to the flags on the moon? And when was the term "OMG" first used? (Hint: It involved Winston Churchill in 1917.)Today's entry deals with the fascinating origin of our nation's birthday celebration. Lewis contends that we really should be … [Read more...]

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The Stars and Bars–No Longer on Cars (Or Anywhere Else?)

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The Confederate flag has to go! That's a popular sentiment among some Americans in the aftermath of the Charleston church shootings on June 17, which left nine African-American Christians dead at the hands of a deranged  and racist young man named Dylann Roof. Investigators later found the Confederate flag among photos and racist imagery on Roof's website.Indeed, the Confederate flag has been associated with racism, slavery and white supremacism.But is the connection between "racist hate" … [Read more...]

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