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The Church Mediocre

Among converts and those thinking of converting and those who are thinking of converting but denying it, there is a lot of talk about how awful the Catholic Church is when you actually stop reading books of apologetics and visit the local branch. Here you thought it was the Church Militant and it seems like [Read More...]

The Real Mega Church

A friend pointed out recently that in terms of numbers, most good sized suburban Catholic parishes would qualify for ‘mega church’ status. With thousands of worshippers each week, they compare nicely with your run of the mill ‘mega church.’ But when you look at the Catholic Church globally and down through the ages it is [Read More...]

Just as I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,But that Thy blood was shed for me,And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, and waiting notTo rid my soul of one dark blot,To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,O Lamb of God, I come, I [Read More...]

Pomp or People

I am all for fine liturgy, reform of the reform, the hermeneutic of continuity, say the black do the red, save the liturgy save the world, Catholics should look Catholic and all that whole routine, but you know there is another side to the coin. The big divide in the liturgy wars is not so [Read More...]

What’s a Hymn For?

I’m having some problems with music in Catholic America. Part of it is my problem. I spent fifteen years in the Anglican Church with the New English Hymnal–which is probably the finest hymnbook ever published in the English language. Musically and liturgically it was the best that traditional Anglicanism had to offer. Catholic music in [Read More...]

Guitar Mass at St Patrick’s

Amy Welborn has some news about attempts to get some decent norms established for Catholic Church Music in the USA. The people pictured above will be serving on the advisory committee. Talk about opening Pandora’s Box??!! There are so many upside down ideas about music at Mass. I knew a bishop in England who legislated [Read More...]