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I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST…

The feast (solemnity, for us!) of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross sounds like a happy occasion.  The antiphon for the Office of Readings for Sunday of Week I of our Psalter is set for Psalm 1, and it says “See how the Cross of the Lord is revealed as the Tree of...

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WHY “LET’S BE CATHOLIC!”?

This past Thursday evening I began a series of presentations for Adult Religious Education titled “Let’s Be Catholic!”  Why?  Aren’t we already Catholic? I think that one of the big reasons for these sessions is to remind ourselves that our faith in Jesus Christ is...

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WE WILL DESTROY YOUR CHURCH!

Let’s take a tap-dance review of Church history, particularly with regard to the papacy.  It has sometimes been very inspiring; too often, it has been disgraceful.  But what can we learn about the present day, based on our knowledge of the past? In the 9th and 10th...

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A MODEST PROPOSAL, PART II

If this past week I suggested a new (a very old, actually) method of choosing and ordaining bishops, including eliminating the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops and (hopefully) ending the inner-ring cronyism that is at the bottom of much of the abuse, I want now to...

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BISHOPS: A MODEST PROPOSAL

Two potential results of the current scandals swirling around Abp McCarrick and those bishops involved in the dioceses of Pennsylvania might be greater serious lay involvement in Church governance, and a re-thinking of how bishops are named.  Here are a few thoughts,...

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“DON’T SHOOT—BIRDIE AND I HAVE CAUGHT THE WOLF…”

It’s the climax of Sergei Prokofiev’s famous Peter and the Wolf.  I just happen to be listening to a recording of it conducted by (and narrated by) Leonard Bernstein—it is part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lennie’s birth, later this month.  I also...

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WHY?

WHY?  Many questions come to me in the course of a week or a month.  Sometimes I actually have a good answer—not always, unfortunately (if a “good answer” is one that truly satisfies the questioner).  But at Our Savior church there is a perennial question—one I was...

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WHAT MORE, O LORD?

WHAT MORE, O LORD?  [Author’s note:  this Tuesday is the Memorial of St Ignatius Loyola...] This was the great question that St Ignatius Loyola constantly presented to himself (and so to his followers in what became the Society of Jesus).  The Latin word is magis—...

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH FEAR AND SADNESS?           The Gospel today reflects on Jesus’ withdrawal to a deserted place (NOT necessarily the Sahara desert; just where no one was living).  He pities the people who follow Him, and He teaches them.  It is a fine prelude...

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