Ordinary Time

What Ireland’s Abortion Referendum is Really About

This year Ireland will hold a referendum on the issue of abortion. The date has not yet been set but the vote will probably take place in May. Since 1983, enshrined in Article 8 of the Irish Constitution, there has been a constitutional ban on abortions taking place in the Irish Republic. This prohibition was [...]

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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