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Fr. Raymond De Souza

Words of consecration will change to provide a truer translation

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 25, 2011

Many Catholics are reading the pope's most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week, as spiritual reading this Holy Week. Does many mean all?

Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI sheds light on a matter that English-speaking Catholics will encounter later this year. The new translation of the Roman Missal, which will take effect in Advent 2011, changes the words of institution, the words the priests says to consecrate the bread and wine, transubstantiating them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Week is a good time to examine that.

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Reconciliation creates a path of mercy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 11, 2011

Michael O'Brien, the leading Catholic novelist in the English language, has sent millions of words into print. He has painted numerous sacred images which tell their own stories, pictures being worth thousands of words.

Yet the words he spoke on March 28 at Saint Paul's University in Ottawa had an uncommon power, for they were a personal testimonial of grace.

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Pope melds theology with literary elements

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 28, 2011

Why does Pope Benedict bother to write books? Long before his election to the See of Peter he was established as a leading theologian of his generation. Being universal pastor of the Church is a crushing job, so why add to it by embarking on a massive scholarly project?

Evidently the pope enjoys writing theology. The deeper reason though is that Benedict knows, with all humility, that he is better at it than anyone else. Just as the soon-to-be-Blessed John Paul II knew that he had a special gift for leading massive, history-changing public manifestations of the faith, Benedict likely concludes that if the Lord wanted him as pope then he should do what God gave him the talent to do.

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Bethlehem University should drop politics

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 7, 2011

I look forward to visiting Bethlehem University when in the Holy Land and, if time permits, introducing pilgrims to the campus and the students. Run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University was the first university in the West Bank, founded in 1973. more . . .

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Quebec celebrates at arenas, not church

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 28, 2011

A culture expresses itself in what it chooses to build. Ancient Egypt gave us the pyramids, tombs of their god-kings. Medieval France gave us the Gothic cathedral. Twenty-first century Texas gives us a $1.2-billion football stadium. more . . .

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Once a priest, now an author and a bore

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 21, 2010

Alberto Cutié is back — not that he really ever went away. He has a small Episcopal parish here in Miami, and is flogging his new book, getting ready for his own TV show. more . . .

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Irish visitations avoid beer and blarney

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 14, 2011

What will the apostolic visitation of Ireland accomplish?

In response to the sexual abuse crisis there, Pope Benedict decided last spring to send five bishops to carry out a visitation - ecclesiastical parlance for an investigation — of the archdioceses and seminaries of Ireland. He chose quite a high-powered team: Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster (retired), Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. They have each been assigned one Irish archdiocese, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been assigned the Irish seminaries. more . . .

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Islamic militants undermine peace efforts

Fr. Raymond de Souza

Month Date, 2010

In the nearly 10 years since Sept. 11, the preoccupying question has remained: Was the jihadist violence of that day representative of Islam, or a perversion of it? more . . .

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University students light Holy Spirit’s flame

Fr. Raymond de Souza

January 17, 2011

An annual highlight arrives in the last days of the year. That's when Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) holds its annual conference for university students. They call it RiseUp, and it begins each year on Dec. 28 and runs through New Year's Day.more . . .

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It’s time to restore Midnight Mass

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 20, 2010

What time is Midnight Mass? It's the season for that question, and the answer is not predictable. Over more than a generation, we Catholics have fumbled away one of our most distinctive customs. Indeed, the Christmas Mass schedule has become something rather different than what the Church intends, and what our tradition refined over centuries.more . . .

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