Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, #3: Catholics being Christians — glad-handing pro and con but mostly con

In response to #1 and #2 of this brief series, faithful readers chimed in, March of ought-six. Bob K., with a brighter view: Sometimes it is good for Christians to reach out . . . and communicate with each other. The MASS is as good a time as any and better than most to do … Continue reading Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, #3: Catholics being Christians — glad-handing pro and con but mostly con

Vernacular: the cause that won hands-down

More serious than glad-handing in the post-council reform (and more successful) was the all-church changeover from Latin to, in our part of the world, English. The centralized planning and execution here was enough to make a statist weep with envy. The world over, Catholics got used to mass in everyday language. It became part of … Continue reading Vernacular: the cause that won hands-down

Glad-handing in the middle of Mass: Father John tries to put not-so-glad-handers at ease

A “Catholic New World” reader put it to Question Corner priest Rev. John Dietzen, in December of ought-five: I’ve had my arthritic fingers crushed. I’ve had parishioners blow their nose and then offer their hand to me. . . . I’m tempted to isolate myself in back [of church]. . . . [T]his . . … Continue reading Glad-handing in the middle of Mass: Father John tries to put not-so-glad-handers at ease

Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, first of a series

Reader: “I am most put off by glad-handing. The other day I shook hands with the same woman twice. The ushers even shake hands of those with aisle seats during the Agnus Dei.” Sometimes feverishly. People wave all over the church, seeking waves back, like a Facebooker looking for likes. Great for ball games and … Continue reading Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, first of a series

That priest at the altar’s a nobody.

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
You go high enough on the academic ladder, you are properly “robed” at commencement ceremonies, observes Fr. Hunwicke, explaining: Doctoral garb distinguishes the achievement of, er, achievers. He contrasts it with what the priest wears at mass: ‘VESTMENTS’, on the other hand, negate the individuality and achievements of the wearer.…

Reasons for denial of entry to canonization lobby to G K Chesterton

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
No “local cult,” said the bishop. But it used to be the opposite argument that held sway, says the learned Fr. Hunwicke — if there were a local cult, the cause would be suspect. He finds this objection puzzling. “Nor do I find it easy to take seriously his second reason,”…

Why do so few Catholics believe in the real presence? A call to action.

Bishop Robert Barron explained, and Fr. Z. followed up with extended commentary, agreeing with a need for action, but issuing his own call. [The] Bishop doesn’t seem to mean action to change the way we celebrate the Eucharist, the way we see the Eucharist, the way we sing to and about the Eucharist, the way we literally handle the Eucharist.  That is: liturgical … Continue reading Why do so few Catholics believe in the real presence? A call to action.

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