Monthly Archives: December 2011

Usage notes from 2011

Over at FB, I’ve been posting an occasional series of friday usage tips. Here’s what we’ve looked at so far: Usage tip #1: That and Which. As a rule, use “that” for defining clauses, i.e. when what follows restricts what preceded (“the book that I wrote”); use “which” when what follows simply gives more information (“the book, […]

Teaching and governing

On the one hand, I think Hatcave prefect Marc Cardinal Ouellet is right that we need bishops not just apostolic administrators (to misappropriate the latter term)—shepherds who will be evangelists in the public square, theologians and apologists not merely canon lawyers hiding in (or, worse yet, behind) their chanceries. On the other hand, however, I found myself […]

The trade

“Rabbi Joshua Hammerman”‘s ostensibly vile Jewish World article My Tim Tebow Problem has riled up a number of folks (e.g. 1, 2, 3), but I think it’s neat that Jewish World has obviously started an article exchange program with The Onion, and I look forward to the latter’s publication of the article they took in […]

The Roman Missal of AD 2100

The core of this post is pure speculation. I have to say that up front, but it’s speculation based on what I think are fairly sound premises.  One thing that’s clear is that our current liturgical perch, with the Roman Rite divided between the “ordinary” form (the novus ordo or, in Gamber’s phrase, the ritus […]

Active participation

Fr. Zuhlsdorf has a post noting the distortions that follow from misunderstanding Vatican II’s call for “active participation” in the liturgy. Some people will claim that active participation provides some warrant for a vernacular liturgy, but that view is untenable. It’s vital to understand that the council didn’t invent “active participation”; in trying to convey […]

Green paper on RCIA curricula

I just submitted to the parish a green paper on proposed emendations to the RCIA curriculum. Comments are welcome. On December 7th, 2011, the Feast of St. Ambrose.


A visit to St. Martin of Tours, Louisville KY: I was just across the river at Mount St. Francis, and they had a conveniently-timed usus antiquior Mass.

Phil Mathias on the corrected translation

The corrected translation has attracted a lot of criticism, very little of it substantial. Phil Mathias’ National Post commentary does little to redress the balance. It’s hard to keep reading after Phil regurgitates the tired “hiearchy vs. the people” line that’s been so in vogue, but we shall soldier on. (1) Phil tackles consubstantial, and it […]