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What & Where Is the Holy Grail?

AN ARTHURIAN LEGEND FIT FOR MODERN CATHOLICS

Charles A. Coulombe

December 2018

Its contents were what made the Grail holy. In that sense, just as every confessional is Chapel Perilous, so too is every adoration chapel a Grail Chapel.

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Off with His Head!
July-August 2018

A writer wants Cardinal Sarah fired from his post as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship because he "does not speak for the mainstream of the church."

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The Most Important Things in Life Are Obligatory

GUEST COLUMN

James F. O'Callaghan

March 2018

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Invasion of the Empty Universals

TECHNOLOGY IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

Paul Malocha

December 2015

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The Beginning of the End?
May 2015

A recently installed pastor's decision to allow only boys to serve at the altar has made headlines throughout the San Francisco area and across the nation. Salvatore Cordileone is his archbishop.

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Hidden Treasures from the Middle Ages

Rosemary Lunardini

April 2014

A review of A Sense of the Sacred: Roman Catholic Worship in the Middle Ages

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Deeper in History, Deeper in Prayer

TWO PERSPECTIVES ON THE THIRD MISSAL (Part II)

Rosemary Lunardini

November 2013

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The Revolution That Wasn't
March 2013

There is a group in the Church that has noticed your smooth transition to the new missal — and is still peeved about the whole thing.

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Understanding the Biblical Basis of the Mass

Rosemary Lunardini

November 2012

A review of A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy

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Undone by the "Permanent Workshop"

Philip Blosser

June 2012

A review of A Bitter Trial: Evelyn Waugh and John Carmel Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes

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Prayer Postures: What They Mean & Why They Matter

ISLAMIC SALAT & CATHOLIC ADORATION

Heather M. Erb

April 2012

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Altar Boys: The Problem or the Solution?

THE COST OF ECCLESIAL EQUALITY

Ken Skuba

November 2011

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The Three Natural Laws of Catholic Church Architecture

DOMUS DEI ET PORTA CAELI

Michael S. Rose

September 2009

If a Catholic church building doesn't reflect Catholic theology, the worshiper risks accepting a faith that is foreign to Catholicism.

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The Charismatic Appetite

THE CULT OF EXPERIENCE

Heather M. Erb

November 2008

The charismatic quest for paranormal experiences of God is also a contrived pseudo-communion of ecstatic emotional dissolution.

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An Interview With a Carmelite
July-August 2008

A Carmelite monastery in Wyoming is an exciting new element in the Church in America, and has proven to be fecund ground for vocations to the consecrated life.

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Beware the Sajdah

KNEEL: NO BUTTS ABOUT IT

Shannon M. Jones

May 2008

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Church, Women & Pants

BEAUTY & THE BEST

Gerrie Goguen

January 2008

Difficulties arise when women wear tight or revealing pants to Church: Men start seeing them as a collection of titillating body parts.

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The Love of God Is Like...
June 2007

Heaven is often compared to a lavish banquet. But somehow we can't imagine that it involves toilet paper and balloons.

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Outrage Over Liturgical Dance

SPIRITUAL & LITURGICAL TERRORISM

Alvaro Delgado

May 2007

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Heaven Help Us With the Homily

BOBBING HEADS

Richard & Elizabeth Gerbracht

April 2007

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Black Is the Color

GUEST COLUMN

Joseph Klee

December 2006

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Please Don't Bless My Children

GUEST COLUMN

Larry A. Carstens

February 2006

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"On This Rock I Will Build My Celebration Center"

GUEST COLUMN

F. Douglas Kneibert

November 2005

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I, Liturgist

GUEST COLUMN

Jim Macri

February 2005

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The Disappearing Sanctus Bells

LAME EXCUSES

Donald D. Hook

July/August 2004

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Putting Catholic Men on Ritalin

SIT DOWN & SHUT UP

Dale Price

June 2004

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A Schola Cantorum for Today's Liturgy

RETROSPECT & RATIONALE

Ted Ley

December 2003

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Ev'ry Knee Shall Lock

GUEST COLUMN

Lucy E. Carroll

September 2003

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An Outsider's Impressions of The Modern Mass

UH, MAY I SAY SOMETHING ?

Todd Powell

March 2002

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Bow Down & Worship Me!
February 2001

It's all the rage now among liberal Catholics to say that Jesus is present in the congregation.

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A Baptist Meets a Mutant Mass

GUEST COLUMN

Jeremy Lott

February 2001

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The Stage-Managed Emotionalism of Today's "Worship Experience"

OPTING FOR MAGIC OVER GRACE

Eric J. Scheske

January 2001

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On Bending the Knee to Receive Holy Communion

TO KNEEL BEFORE THE HOLY IS NOT HOLIER-THAN-THOU

Regis Scanlon

September 2000

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The Liturgical Pogrom

PURGING HEBRAIC ELEMENTS FROM CATHOLIC WORSHIP

W. Patrick Cunningham

July/August 2000

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The Liturgy as Catechism

LAUDABLE LATIN -- OR UNSPECTACULAR VERNACULAR?

Jude A. Huntz

May 2000

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On the Power, Misuse & Neglect of Liturgical Symbolism

"THIS IS MY BODY" OR "HAVE A NICE DAY"?

Noel J. Augustyn

May 2000

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A Real Folk Mass

GUEST COLUMN

Paul C. Fox

January 2000

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Emotionalism or Ritualism - Or the Best of Both?

GUEST COLUMN

David Mills

December 1999

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The Dubious Pedigree of Touchie-Feelie Catholicism

GUEST COLUMN

Joanne Sadler Butler

November 1999

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Turning Catholics Into A Stiff-Kneed People

THE VIEW FROM WAY DOWN IN THE PEW

J. A. Gray

July/August 1999

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Making the Holy Mass a Generic Worship Service In a Generic Worship Space?

WHY THE "DETAILS" OF THE LITURGY MATTER

Donald Dwight Hook

June 1999

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God Be in My Hand -- or on My Tongue?

SACRED SPECIES VS. CASUAL COMMUNION

David Watt

June 1999

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The Language of the Body & the Mass

AT THE NAME OF JESUS, LET EVERY KNEE REMAIN UNBENT?

W. Patrick Cunningham

February 1999

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Rebuilding Our Liturgy & Civilization

LEARNING FROM ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

Peter M. J. Stravinskas

June 1998

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The Suppression of Popular Devotions In Today's Catholic Church

MUCH LOST, NOTHING GAINED

Noel J. Augustyn

May 1998

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Lessons to Be Learned From the Ecclesiastical Battle Over "Inclusive Language"

THE CAMEL'S NOSE

Peter M.J. Stravinskas

February 1998

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On Altar Servers & Serverettes

SAUL ALINSKY IN THE SACRISTY

Basil Cole

January 1998

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Discovering the Catholic Church's Eastern Rite

A BIG BLAST OF 'SMELLS & BELLS'

Patrick Madrid

October 1997

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The Ministry of the Laity

WHAT IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT

Mary F. Rousseau

June 1995

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“Do This In Memory of Me”

Elaine Hallett

June 1995

Review of Meditations Before Mass and The Eucharist: Our Sanctification

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Beauty for Worship's Sake

GUEST COLUMN

Christopher W. Decker

January/February 1995

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