Odd and ends from the past week

What a week to miss most of the news: Pope Benedict’s XVI’s visit to Fatima with corollary prayers and homilies, comments on clerical sex abuse, the mainstream media’s continued lop-sided  – and sometimes inaccurate – coverage, the annual discussion about Ascension Thursday moved to Sunday.   Then there is the ongoing concern about friendly fire among orthodox Catholics.

No links today and not even many thoughts to share.  My attention and energy are mostly with my mother, who is not well.  I am reminded again how her lack of catechesis pre-dates Vatican II and that indeed, there was a need for reform of some aspects of the pre-conciliar Church. 

The past two months have taught me that it’s not possible to have a reasoned discussion with some.  Lack of transparency, forceful arguments, and hardball tactics not don’t change some of the local dynamics but do reinforce the status quo.  That’s probably a bit ambiguous, but there isn’t the listening for clarification.

But as always, I trust that God works through all circumstances.

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