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Affirming Contemporary Liturgy

Affirming Contemporary Liturgy

Last week, Pope Francis met with members of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW). On May 8 this year, the Congregation for Divine Worship is 50 years old. After the centralising of liturgical power by Popes John-Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has returned to the vision of Vatican II where, for example, authority… Continue Reading

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The Pill, Periods, and the Pope

The Pill, Periods, and the Pope

Here and there in the news, there’s been (what many already knew) information that the week non-hormone pill in the cycle of the contraceptive pill, when the woman has her period, is unnecessary. Everything would work just the same if the woman continued on the same type of pill all the time and had no… Continue Reading

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World Youth Day 2019

World Youth Day 2019

Every 2-3 years, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates World Youth Day. It was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 after two successful international gatherings with young people in Rome in 1984 and 1985. The concept is around youth as a time of journey and pilgrimage, and the value of young people. The age… Continue Reading

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Prayer and Belief – It’s Complicated

Prayer and Belief – It’s Complicated

Lex orandi, lex credendi – the law of praying is the law of believing. Prayer shapes belief. Liturgy leads to theology. But we also know that the relationship works the other way around: beliefs affect the way we pray. Theology affects liturgy. Just this week (as just one example), I am watching a debate (yes… Continue Reading

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Changing Christian Teaching

Changing Christian Teaching

Pope Francis certainly stirred things up last week by changing the teaching in the Roman Catholic Catechism on the death penalty. It is now inadmissible in all situations. Some saw it as a great distraction from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bringing the RC Church into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. [Others had tried different… Continue Reading

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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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