Many Americans first saw a Catholic Mass when John F. Kennedy's funeral Mass was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The cathedral will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of that sad day with two upcoming events. First, this coming Sunday, November 3, there will be a concert of remembrance at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Cathedral's Scola Cantorum performing the Durufle Requiem, one of the most haunting musical compositions of the 20th century. Then, in the exact anniversary of JFK's death, November 22, there will be a choral Mass of remembrance at which Fr. J.
In my post this morning, I referred to the hymn "The Church of Christ in Every Age" which has been much in my heart since we sang it at the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral last week. I searched Youtube for a video of a choir singing it, but, apparently our Protestant brethren sing the hymn to a different tune. It is a pretty tune, but I prefer the tune "Dunedin" which accompanies the hymn text in the new Worship hymnal that we use at St. Matthew's. Either way, it is a beautiful hymn. Here it is being sung at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The "bling bishop" of Limburg is not the only one with some explaining to do. An evangelical pastor in North Carolina, Rev. Steven Furtick is defending his new 16,000 square foot home as a "gift from God." I wonder if the Holy Spirit underwrote the mortgage?
GloriaTV ran a segment yesterday in which it labeled me a "dissenting Catholic journalist." You can see the segment here. Of course, in the next segment, the shows host refers to "German abortion bishops" and "notorious German bishops" so I am in good company. I was not previously familiar with GloriaTV but the low-end production values are obviously matched by their low-end theological sophistication.
The other day I provided a link to the remarkable speech by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga at the University of Dallas. These have been busy days – and late nights watching the Sox! – but I have no re-read the text a couple of times and wish to highlight some key passages.
Of course, I was thrilled by the cardinal’s denunciation of clericalism. And this passage caught my eye:
In this morning's Bolletino from the Holy See, I spied this paragraph in the announcement of the Holy See' forthcoming delegation to the meeting of the World Council of Churches, which raises the question of how we Catholics can "cooperate" with those who deny there are seven sacraments, deny that the Eucharist is more than symbolic, who deny the apostolic succession, etc.
Over at Commonweal, Michael Peppard reports on a talk given in NYC by Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who knew Pope Francis before he was Pope Francis.
Theological College in Washington, D.C. will be unveiling four paintings by renowned artist Fr. Peter Wm Gray, S.S., this coming Sunday, November 3. In addition to the unveiling, Fr. David D. Thayer will be delivering a lecture and there will be a wine reception. All are welcome. The event will be held at the seminary from 2-5 p.m. Theological College is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 4th Street, NE, right across from the National Shrine and CUA campus. RSVP to Izabella Downs at 202.756.4905 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Yesterday, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released its 2013 American Values Survey report “In Search of Libertarians in America,” based on polling that aimed to situate libertarians within the broader political, social and, most importantly for this blog, religious landscape of American life. The report was released at an event at the Brookings Institution.
If you have not read Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga's talk at the University of Dallas this past weekend, Rocco has the full text here. I am dying to know what our friends at the Acton Institute think of the cardinal's comments about neo-liberal economics and globalization!