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December 2011

Weekly Bulletin Archive

Weekly Bulletin
November 29, 2011

Have you learned your lines?

If you were at Mass this weekend, you may have noticed a few changes. OK, well, maybe more than just a few. Readers of U.S. Catholic may have been prepared for the changes--after all, we've been covering them for the better part of the past two years--but for those who are just making their way back to church for Advent, the new wording of the Mass might be cause for mass confusion.

So we're sending you on assignment and asking you to report from the pews. Whether it's general grumpiness, excitement, relief, or defiance, we want to hear how the new texts are being received over the next few weeks. Email and we may include your report in our special section on the new translations. (Last week we asked you to file your reports by emailing Unfortunately, we discovered that inbox was broken after we sent the email. Our apologies!) 



This week on

Life: She said yes! Now what?    

Can I get married in the parish I grew up in even though my fiance is Jewish? I was raised Catholic, but have been away for some time, so what should I do if I want to get married in a Catholic church? John Switzer answers these and other questions on interfaith and interchurch weddings.   

Where did the new Mass translations come from?

The start of Advent marks a significant change in the Mass. Bryan Cones offers a short history lesson on how we arrived at the new texts.


Culture: Yule shall overcome  

Amid cries of economic catastrophe, let holiday cheer take the place of fear, writes Kevin Clarke. blogs


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Margin Notes: Oregon's decision to respect life  
After the execution of Troy Davis in September created a national controversy, many people wondered what impact his death would have on the debate over capital punishment in the United States. Last week, this question returned to the spotlight with Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's declaration that he will not allow any executions for the remainder of his term in office. 


Margin Notes: What's behind the Occupy Wall Street clampdown?

Writing in UK's Guardian last week, Naomi Wolf raised some troubling questions about the nature of the recent countrywide crackdown on various "Occupy Wall Street" encampments as they approached their second month anniversary. Like many other commentators Wolf marveled at the level of violence exhibited by some police, but what concerned her most of all was the possibility of an unacknowledged federal hand in the actions of local police agencies.


The Examined Life: Fighting back for female altar servers     
Just a few months after the cathedral of the Diocese of Phoenix caused an uproar over its decision to restrict altar service to boys only, parents in Virginia are taking a stand against another parish's decision to eliminate girls from the altar


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The week in Catholic news


Death penalty opponents praise Oregon governor for declaring moratorium

Pope urges international agreement on climate change

Pope says Asia offers vast opportunities for evangelization


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halloween Book: At the Supper of the Lamb: A Pastoral and Theological Commentary on the Mass        

By Paul Turner (Liturgy Training Publications, 2011)

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