October 23, 2018

For October my parish is doing a short program on the Eucharist, and this has led me to listen a little more closely to the Eucharistic prayers.  This past Sunday, a couple words leapt out at me:  “oblation” and “sacrifice.”  Oblation is an obscure word in English, and my guess is that in the previous English translation, it was translated as “offering.”   And in fact the new translation uses both words for the same underlying Latin word (see below)…. Read more

October 4, 2018

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post by long time reader Joseph Georges. It is now clear to many that the scandal of clerical sexual abuse is the most serious crisis the church has faced since the Reformation. (Massimo Faggioli in Commonweal, 8/8/18). “This summer has been anything but a church picnic for us. It’s been a disaster, one crisis after another. And as I try my best to listen to people, I hear them express very eloquently… Read more

September 15, 2018

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a new blogger, Mark Gordon.  In fact, we are pleased to welcome back an old blogger:  Mark wrote for us in 2011-13 before moving on to work with some other blogs.  You can find his earlier work in our archives. For those who do not know him, here is a short biography: Mark Gordon is a businessman, nonprofit leader, and writer. In addition to managing his own web development firm, he is president of… Read more

September 14, 2018

Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Jesu Christi, in quo est salus, vita, et resurrectio nostra, per quem salvati et liberati sumus. We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. –Entrance antiphon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Pope Francis’ preferential option for the peripheries has been reflected, among other things, in his choice of cardinals,… Read more

September 1, 2018

Hearing the eulogies of Senator John McCain given by former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, my foremost thought was, “Oh yeah, this is what normal leaders sound like.” Naturally, I took exception to the exceptionalism in their speeches. When they each mentioned the dignity of all human beings, without exceptions and beyond borders [!], I heard the asterisks as clearly as their words. And still I thought, “Oh yeah, this is what it feels like to take exception… Read more

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