Rationale for one Roman Missal revision

Re: “Curtain time for the revised Mass” (In Focus, Nov. 20). 

Your article on the new Roman Missal explains the response, “And with your spirit” in a way much the same as has been explained by other authoritative sources. It is that through the “Sacrament of Holy Orders, Christ has configured the priest’s soul to himself in a special way ...”  

That being the case, I have to wonder why is the same response made to a deacon when he introduces the Gospel reading? The deacon, though ordained, is not configured in the manner that is the priest.  

It makes one wonder whether the rationale for some of the changes was established after the wording was agreed upon rather than before. In the end, perhaps, all that matters is that it is faithful to the Latin, regardless of the meaning it has when we say it. 

Deacon Joseph Keenan, Netcong, N.J.

Monastery tour  

Re: “Ten things to do before you kick the bucket” (In Focus, Dec. 4) 

That’s a great list, but since I did my undergrad at Belmont Abbey College and am working on my master’s degree at St. Meinrad School of Theology, I think my bucket list is more simple and easily done. I would add “Do a monastery tour of the U.S.A. or E.U.” Travel from abbey to abbey, stay a few days and donate, if able. I’m a firm believer that all the best “Catholic culture” can be found in your friendly neighborhood monastic community: art, architecture, chant, theology, stewardship of creation and healthy social concern. 

Elizabeth Suaso, via comments

Held into account 

Re: “A call for reform” (Editorial, Nov. 6). 

If I understand the Vatican’s document, we have a serious concern in our country and global community today to make the greatest number of citizens productive and to grow our nation as well as promote investment abroad. First we may need to address the difference between an accountant and the bellwether economist.  

To provide for the world’s financial reform we must be accountable. The accountant, like Pope Benedict XVI, is the one who takes a look at the books. The servants in Matthew 25:14-30 were held accountable. The unfortunate one who buried his treasure was in serious trouble. 

One will ask an economist what are the odds for the occupier (on Wall Street) who buries his talents. Unable to make a move, he will likely lose out to the risk taker who knows the rules, studies his moves carefully and rolls the dice in order to buy holdings and the many options in a Monopoly game to come out a winner.  

What, we ask the economist, are the chances the “gravy train” comes along for those who line up for a free ticket and a ride to the future, who want no messy conditions or rules to follow, will take his chances alongside the helpless, homeless and infirm.  

The accountant is obliged by the Good Book to tell the befuddled occupier that without skin in the game, you don’t pass Go. 

Sheridan J. Arnold, Denver, Colo.

Presumed innocent 

Re: “Beyond Penn State” (Spectator, Nov. 27). 

It’s really a shame that Greg Erlandson chooses to treat the assertions in a grand jury report as Gospel truth and to join the rush to judgment about what Penn State authorities were told about Jerry Sandusky and what they did and didn’t do. 

In the process, his journalistic boots have joined in the trampling into the mud of a basic principle of our justice system: innocent until proven guilty, and of the reputations of decent men. As Erlandson no doubt knows, there have been many people released from prison and totally exonerated in recent years, even though they had been sent to trial on grand jury reports every bit as damning as the one concerning Penn State.  

One would think a Catholic journalist might be more concerned about the moral gravity of repeating assertions that cast the character of men like Mike McQueary and Joe Paterno in the darkest of tones. And he might want to ponder the fact that the accusation against Paterno amounts to the same one made about John Paul II regarding Father Marcial Maciel, that his administration received reports about Father Maciel molesting boys and did nothing. 

Mark Gronceski, Warren, Ohio

Refreshing role model

Re: “Blitzing Tebow” (Catholic Journal, Dec. 4). 

Until bigotry is eliminated, we will always have situations like the ones Robert P. Lockwood addresses in his column.  

It is so refreshing to have a Christian role model for the young people to emulate. I think we all should thank God for Tim Tebow and his public witness to his faith in Jesus Christ. We all can learn from him that it’s an awesome thing to be a Christian in today’s world, and that we must stand firm in the faith. 

Peggy Doyle, via comments

Source of guidance 

Re: “St. Steve of Apple?” (Faith, Dec. 4). 

While I admire Steve Jobs for being a tech/business visionary, that’s the only thing I find admirable about him. His biography shows very little to admire in his personal and family lives. This article puts a grounding perspective on who Steve Jobs is. This shows the difference between a visionary guided by money and a visionary guided by the Spirit. 

Ricardo Boncan, via comments