My parish, St. Dominic's in San Francisco, performed Bruckner's Requiem Mass in D Minor for All Souls Day last week. I wasn't at all familiar with the piece, but it was beautiful, and beautifully done by the outstanding choir.
Perhaps you are not familiar with the liturgical clothing item called an amice. If not, here is a definition, courtesy of Wikipedia: The amice consists of a white cloth connected to two long ribbon-like attachments, by which it is fastened around the shoulders of the priest. Before the liturgical reforms of 1972, its use was mandatory for all Roman Catholic Masses, but it is only required today if the alb does not cover the priest's ordinary clothing. Many priests choose to wear the amice for reasons of tradition or to prevent damage to their other vestments due to perspiration.
For the more visually inclined, here is an example:
I have never seen a Catholic priest wear an amice. I had assumed that it was basically a completely archaic item, joining such exotica as the fiddleback chausable.
Why am I bringing this up? Two Sundays ago, the rector at the Episcopal Church I attend began a sermon series on the liturgical vestments and their meaning. As part of that, he showed of…
Less than a month ago, I said I would stop talking about Roman Catholicism, and I had every intention of sticking to that. But I am going to break that promise to talk about the release of the report of the Royal Commission in Australia about clerical sexual abuse. The results are shocking--if the reports are correct, the scope of the problem in Australia was even worse than in the United States or in the UK/Ireland. To give an example, there was a reference to a Benedictine monastery in Western Australia in which 17.6% of the monks had an abuse allegation lodged against them at some point in the 1950s. Think about being in a room with a group of monks in which one out of every six of them had someone in the 1950s accuse them of committing a sexual violation on a minor. Think of how many complaints were not made in the culture of the 1950s. One in six. My God.
I had a twitter exchange last night with Maureen Clarke about the report, focusing on what is the obvious question--how…
"What I care about is the theory," said the English priest who confessed his hatred of Francis. "In my parish there are lots of divorced and remarried couples, but many of them, if they heard the first spouse had died, would rush to get a church wedding. I know lots of homosexuals who are doing all sorts of things that are wrong, but they know they should not be. We're all sinners. But we've got to maintain the intellectual integrity of the Catholic faith."
For those who are not deeply immersed in the world of conservative Catholicism, that quote surely comes across as word salad and …