Ordinary Time

Eastern European Resistance to Islamization

If you’ve ever seen Casablanca, you won’t have forgotten the scene in Rick’s Cafe where the German officers who are singing “Die Wacht am Rhein” are drowned out by the French patrons who burst into a rousing rendition of the “Marseillaise.” Something similar happened last week at the National Opera in Cluj Napoca, Romania. A [...]

Abolish Ordinary Time

With Ascension and Pentecost looming, and with their passage an end to the Paschal season, it’s time to reconsider and abolish Ordinary Time. As dramatically drastic as this may sound, it would not be a move without precedent. For centuries, for most of Church history in fact, there was no Ordinary Time on the Catholic [...]

Ordinary Time

I am writing this on the Sunday still called Pentecost, on the very eve of "Ordinary Time." It is the great gift of post-Vatican II -- the desert that howls before us. I have been a Catholic now for six years, four months, and 23 days, and am still fumbling through what used to be [...]

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