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Author: Nick Punch Created: 1/18/2009 3:37 PM
This blog is a place where you will find some of my thoughts and hopefully a place that will give readers an insight into some of our teachings.

 The book is written by Fr Wilfrid Harrington O.P. 

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Something to do during Lent: A great resource from Boston College in USA. This is a free course, it will only take a couple of hours of your time, and since it is on the internet you come and go as you have time. It is also up to date and accurate. 

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Why is the church not addressing the real cause of declining congregations at Mass? The energy and money spent on the new translation could have provided benefical seminars for priests and liturgy teams. Our parish celebrations and homilies are more detrimental than the translation. Now another expert gives his views. St John's, Collegeville, USA has been a major source of liturgical renewal since Vatican II.  This is from America Magazine

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From the English Tablet

An expert looks at the continuing problems with the new translation. Raymond G. Helmick SJ is based in the Department of Theology, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.

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Now that the USA elections are over we can look at the move towards Tea Party ethics and Christianity

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There seems to be a contradiction between the Church leadership response and the opinion of Catholics with regard to the sexual abuse issue, and especially the need for more transparency. I believe this to be a major reason for the declining attendance at Church. The Pope has called a meeting of Cardinals to discuss the issue. I wish he had Bishop Robinson addressing them! This article from Brian Coyne.

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Over the past couple of months I have not only been celebrant at Mass but more often a silent participant, like the majority of you. It has caused me to rethink my whole approach to Liturgy, and its supposed freedom!

 

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I am back in St Thomas More’s for the month of August, always happy to be back with you. It is the one stronghold for me as I spend the year wandering from place to place!

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We recommend Fr Ron Rolheiser's website, www.ronrolheiser.com There is always something interesting, and he writes a new article each week. This is from the current week. I am a devotee of Fr Albert Nolan O.P. who teaches that there is no absoluteness in science, since Einstein we know we only work in relativities. Here Ron rolheiser is saying something similar.

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This article was in the book review section of the New York Times, on Easter Sunday 2010. It is not so much a review of the book as an apologia for Jon Meacham's own faith. I don't know that I will ever get to read  the book, at 1100 pages it will take some concentration, but it would make a great reference book to have in a library. A knowledgeable friend, Fr Eric Hodgens once told me that we could replace theology with a study of scripture and a history of the Church. It is a history rich in ideas, and we can see that each age has its own interests and biases. What will the 21st century of Christianity be renowned for?

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