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Tag Archives: Pope Francis

Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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Ethics 101

Ethics 101

There are a number of ethical debates before our New Zealand parliament this term: abortion, euthanasia, medical marijuana,… There are a lot of polls, plenty of articles (in newspapers, magazines, and online), news reports, and social media posts… “I feel” (or “I think” which is essentially “I feel” without being as honest that it’s a… Continue Reading

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Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Lex Photographi, Lex Orandi

Photography composition rules drive worship practice For an ordination to the priesthood, our NZ Prayer Book instructs assisting priests to, with the bishop, lay hands on the candidate. Instead of this, at least three Anglican bishops in New Zealand have the assisting priests lay hands on the bishop instead. The only explanation I have heard… Continue Reading

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Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

On Saturday, there was an article about Pope Francis in our city’s secular press. Again. Nothing too unusual for this Christian leader who has managed to attract the attention even of non-Christians and the often-anti-christian media. But this time, the article was complete with complex Greek and Latin word analysis! And it’s not even a… Continue Reading

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New Missal Translation?

New Missal Translation?

I’m grateful to regular commenter here, Deacon Chris Sullivan, who pointed to the statement from the New Zealand [Roman Catholic] bishops welcoming Pope Francis’ edict on translations of liturgical texts. For those not (fully) up to speed on this, let’s just recap: Liturgiam authenticam was promulgated by the Vatican in 2001. It had a very… Continue Reading

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Teaching Versus Practice (Part Two)

Teaching Versus Practice (Part Two)

There is a strong tradition, especially within Anglicanism, that Lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of praying is the law of believing. Liturgical renewal is often inspired by the reversing of this adage – so that our beliefs change the way we pray. In the previous part to this post, which, if you haven’t… Continue Reading

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Pope Francis Reinforces Subsidiarity

Pope Francis Reinforces Subsidiarity

From 1 October 2017, there will be a change in Roman Catholic canon law that will mean that local Conferences of Bishops will be the final arbiters of the liturgical translation used in their region. Currently, Pope Francis’ motu proprio, Magnum Principium is only available in Latin and in Italian. There is an unofficial English… Continue Reading

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