Where do we get the Marian dogmas?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Although the Roman Catholic dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary are relatively new (1854 and 1950, respectively), the pious attitudes that generated these promulgations are ancient.

Where do we get the Marian dogmas?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Although the Roman Catholic dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary are relatively new (1854 and 1950, respectively), the pious attitudes that generated these promulgations are ancient.

It makes a difference whether you're Catholic

By Angela C. Batie| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology Spirituality Young Adults
Not even the deepest frustrations and disappointments can undo the sense that belonging to the Catholic Church makes a difference—for ourselves and for others. 

The great awakening: How lay people have shaken up the church

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
The Second Vatican Council unleashed a wave of lay participation in the church—and there’s no turning back.

Joan Higgins remembers when things began to change at her San Francisco parish. "It was 1968," she says. "We had a new young pastor who was very forward-looking. He turned around the altar, moved the tabernacle to one side, and instituted a moment of collective silence for reflection after communion." The young priest also introduced another innovation: a parish council.


Mass in the balance: An interview with Bishop Trautman

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Bishop Donald Trautman explains in this 2005 interview some of the changes in the liturgy that we're seeing now, along with the reasons behind them.

Let my people sing

By Father Alan Phillip, C.P. | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
It's time for the congregation to share the Sunday stage with the choir, argues a priest who wants the Mass to be sung by all. Here are a number of suggestions to help them earn their applause.

Is it OK to clap at Mass?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

There is no simple answer to whether applause is appropriate in the liturgy. It really depends on who the Catholics are and why they might be clapping!


How to build a better bishop

By Rodger Van Allen| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
With the diocesan chancery ground zero in the sex abuse crisis, now is a good time to ask whether a renovation might be in order.

"I want you to get up right now, go to your windows, open them, and stick your head out and yell, ‘I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'"


When did we start celebrating Mass in Latin?

By Victoria M. Tufano| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
The instinct of Christianity has always been that people should worship in a language they understand.

The first language of Christian liturgy was Aramaic, the common language of the first Christians, who were Palestinian Jews. While Hebrew was the language of scripture and formal worship, Christian worship occurred in the home where Aramaic was spoken. The words Abba and maranatha are Aramaic.


When did we start celebrating Mass in Latin?

By Victoria M. Tufano| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
The instinct of Christianity has always been that people should worship in a language they understand.

The first language of Christian liturgy was Aramaic, the common language of the first Christians, who were Palestinian Jews. While Hebrew was the language of scripture and formal worship, Christian worship occurred in the home where Aramaic was spoken. The words Abba and maranatha are Aramaic.


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