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  • Nostalgia for a “golden age” hurts the Church, both on left and right

    Nostalgia for a “golden age” hurts the Church, both on left and right

    There is a tendency for conservative Catholics to long for a pre-Conciliar Church of the Latin Mass and old devotions. Liberals often dream of a return to the Church of the ’70s with its “anything goes” attitude. While such nostalgia on both sides is understandable, it is also lamentable. 

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  • Albanian ban stirs debate: Do weddings belong on Sundays?

    Albanian ban stirs debate: Do weddings belong on Sundays?

    An Albanian archbishop has issued a ban, effective Jan. 1, on celebrating Catholic weddings on Sundays. The measure has stirred debate among the country’s small Catholic population, and also raises the question of whether, if you’re going to hold weddings on Sundays, they belong inside or outside the usual Sunday liturgy.

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  • Transcending Catholic tribalism

    Transcending Catholic tribalism

    The old phrase, “lex orandi lex credendi” (how you pray is how you believe) gives weight to the observation that the external differences are the manifestation of a deeper divide. In other words, Old Order Catholics and New Order Catholics behave differently because they believe differently. Can the chasm be bridged by liturgical rapprochement?

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  • Cardinal Sarah against the dictatorship of noise

    Cardinal Sarah against the dictatorship of noise

    In a new book, Cardinal Robert Sarah warns against equating silence with simply staying quiet: Silence is the manifestation of a presence, “the most intense of all presences.” The cardinal says modern man is capable of all sorts of noise, all sorts of wars, and so many solemn false statements, in an infernal chaos, because he has excluded God from his life.

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  • A Catholic reads the Bible for the first time

    A Catholic reads the Bible for the first time

    Many Catholics are never exposed to Scripture outside of Mass, and fewer have read the Bible from cover to cover, starting with Genesis. When you do, you find out you have been missing a lot of the story – but you also discover the genius of how the Bible is used by the Church in the liturgy.

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  • Catholic church music — banal and superficial?

    Catholic church music — banal and superficial?

    It is astounding how much the parishes and pastors who have embraced “the Spirit of Vatican II” have done exactly opposite of what the documents of the Second Vatican Council actually prescribe. The Council allows for four types of sacred music: “Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony in its various forms, both ancient and modern, sacred music for the organ and other approved instruments, and sacred popular music, be it liturgical or simply religious.”

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