Friday, February 28, 2003
Environment and Art in Catholic Worship does not have the force of law in and of itself. It is not particular law for the dioceses of the United States of America, but a commentary on that law by the Committee for the Liturgy. However, it does quote several documents of the Apostolic See and in that sense it has the force of the documents it quotes in the areas where those documents legislate.
It's also helpful to note that the successor to EACW, Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship, doesn't mention dance at all. Check out the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments document, Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines (2001):
Among some peoples, song is instinctively linked with hand-clapping, rhythmic corporeal movements and even dance. Such are external forms of interior sentiment and are part of popular traditions, especially on occasions such as patronal feasts. Clearly, such should be genuine expressions of communal prayer and not merely theatrical spectacles. The fact of their prevalence in one area, however, should not be regarded as a reason for their promotion in other areas, especially where they would not be spontaneous.
Check out Adoremus's critique of EACW. Does anyone know of an online copy of EACW?
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Page 2 is always panting after Anna Kournikova so naturally they had to exclude her from this poll. The Arizona connection is that so far, former UA Wildcat softball player Jennie Finch is winning with 32% of the vote. Jennie's softball career at UA was.. well, astonishing. She finished the 2001 season with an NCAA record 32-0 pitching record.
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Saturday, February 22, 2003
Friday, February 21, 2003
Thursday, February 20, 2003
“We need more time for diplomacy,” said a key member of the Middle-Earth Security Council, Saruman the White. “I am not convinced by the evidence presented by my esteemed colleague, Gandalf the Grey, or that the Dark Lord Sauron presents an imminent danger to the peoples of the West.”
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Interestingly enough, the Diocese of St. Petersburg has an online Catholic life and death form.
"As a college professor, I often get an opportunity to speak with incoming freshmen who have decided to major in computer science. Virtually all these young people share a single attribute: they have no idea what a professional software developer does."
Monday, February 17, 2003
He also cites The Summa on just war. It's a good reference to have and ponder. Also the USCCB reiterated just war doctrine back in 1993.
Sunday, February 16, 2003
SSPP Latin Schola
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Prelude: I Have Longed For Thy Saving Health (Byrd)
Gathering Song: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Traditional)
Penitential Rite: Kyrie (Chant Mass)
Gloria: (Chant Mass)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 32 (Dominican tones)
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia (Chant Mass)
Preparation of the Gifts: O Sacrum Cor Jesu (Pius X Hymnal #13)
Attende Domine (Pius X Hymnal #202)
Holy,Holy: Sanctus (Chant Mass)
Memorial Acclamation: (Chant Mass)
Great Amen: (Chant Mass)
Our Father: (Traditional Chant)
Lamb of God: Agnus Dei (Chant Mass)
Communion: Pange Lingua (Pius X Hymnal #48)
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
Recessional: Send Us As Your Blessing, Lord (vs. 3) (Walker, OCP)
Friday, February 14, 2003
1900s -- 122
1910s -- 92
1920s -- 81
1930s -- 79
1940s -- 107
1950s -- 135
1960s -- 185
1970s -- 281
1980s -- 368
1990s -- 521
Perhaps more tellingly, for 2000 and 2001 the ranking was 644 and 715, respectively. So my name is fairly uncommon. I think that's not a bad thing :-).
I wrote a simple ear-training drill program for the Macintosh, way back in 1985, for my senior project at The University of Arizona(tm). This was on the original 128K Mac with two 400K floppy drives. What a pain in the neck! I wrote it in Basic as that was the only language we had available. It was really pretty neat, it would come up with some random sequences of notes and play them at you, and you would click on a staff to enter the values of the notes you'd heard. I still have the code around somewhere, with my report, but of course I don't have a Mac to read it on. There's a GNU project to teach solfege, called, oddly enough, GNU Solfege. I've not played with it but I should give it a try -- it runs on Linux and Windows. If you try it let me know what you think!
Thursday, February 13, 2003
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Novak also talks about those who claim that the war is about oil. He points out that the US only gets about 6% of its oil from Iraq, while Europe gets a much larger percentage. The conclusion can be drawn (though he doesn't say so) that this is the cause of Europe's reluctance to engage Iraq. I think there's a lot of truth in that.
Monday, February 10, 2003
Saturday, February 08, 2003
Friday, February 07, 2003
The whole article reminded me -- we still have troops in Germany. We should pull them out and send 'em to Korea where they might be both needed and wanted. In Germany they aren't needed and aren't wanted anyway.
It's very tempting to say that war never solves anything, but certainly World War II seemed to have solved a lot.
Thursday, February 06, 2003
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, at the eleventh hour, has altered his presentation to the U.N. Security Council to try to satisfy the concerns of Congressional Democrats, as well as U.S. critics elsewhere in the world.
Previously, Mr. Powell planned to show images and documents demonstrating that the Iraqi government has weapons of mass destruction and is deliberately deceiving U.N. inspectors.
However, the White House has become convinced that even with such evidence, the U.N. and Democrats in Congress will still oppose action to disarm Saddam Hussein.
So, instead, Mr. Powell will present the following accusations against Iraq:
--Saddam Hussein personally owns guns, and uses them.
--Iraq produces oil, the combustion of which will doom the planet to a second ice age.
--Saddam supports the death penalty and uses it.
--Some Iraqis, including government officials, drive Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV).
--Saddam believes Iraq is better than other countries.
--Saddam is decisive, often seeing issues in black-or-white terms, rather than countless shades of grey.
--Many Iraqis are meat eaters.
--Many Iraqis are "pro-life," opposing abortion.
A few Democrats who have previewed the script for the presentation expressed outrage at Iraq, and wondered why President Bush has not previously gone public with this "damning evidence."
"We are ready to authorize the use of overwhelming force," said one unnamed Senate Democrat. "This crazed dictator must be stopped before his ideas spread throughout the region."
Wednesday, February 05, 2003
There was some discussion on Mark Shea's blog about how we now react to such things. Some people said that we react differently because of 9/11. Others say it's because of Challenger. I think it's really both. I have noticed that national tragedies seem to draw more reaction now because I think as Americans we are more aware of the service rendered to us, and the risks taken on our behalf, by police/firemen/servicemen/astronauts and others. That's just as well.
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
"About 60 percent of the largest U.S. meat plants failed to meet federal food safety regulations for preventing the E. coli bacteria in their products, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Tuesday. "
This is cause for concern, although it should be noted that E. coli and its cousins aren't a problem if food is cooked properly (160 degrees).
Monday, February 03, 2003
Introspection on the Muse
Is it that beautiful?
We get a feeling for it as it goes by
A brief moment of cognition
On a duet between lines, or a suspension
Or just a nice chord.
We aren't hardened or jaded, truly we aren't;
But we work so hard on
And a million other things --
That sometimes we just lose our vision of
It's only in retrospect,
In reflection on our sense-memory
And in the treasured recordings
That we recall,
And are so very grateful.
(Dedicated to the Lane Justus Chorale, Tucson, Arizona)
Sunday, February 02, 2003
Saturday, February 01, 2003
Shuttle Columbia Lost
I woke up very late this morning, about 11:30, and took a shower. After I got out of the shower I checked my email and found a "breaking news" email from ABC saying Columbia was apparently lost. Like most Americans, probably, I immediately ran to the TV and turned it on and the news was confirmed. 'Valiant' crew lost in shuttle disaster.
- Rick D. Husband, Commander
- William C. McCool, Pilot
- Michael P. Anderson, Payload Commander
- David M. Brown, Mission Specialist
- Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist
- Laurel Clark, Mission Specialist
- Ilan Ramon, Payload Specialist
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Apparently the orbiter was re-entering Earth's atmosphere after a successful mission. Some will, of course, claim that the loss is no accident, and point to the presence of the Israeli astronaut as making the shuttle a target for terrorism. Others will blame Columbia's age (it was the oldest shuttle, first flown in 1981). I hope in all the finger-pointing and investigation we don't forget to properly mourn those who have been lost today.
Here's President Bush's address to the nation, quoting Isaiah.