Kevin Di Camillo

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The Month of the Most Saints in a Row

August is a month of vacations, stupefying heat, sparsely-attended Major League Baseball games — and, in the Church, the single longest streak of memorials, optional memorials, feasts and solemnities. In fact, for 13 straight days — more than...

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St. Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Short Homilies

I think many Catholics secretly wish for it—especially during the summer: a pastor who always gives a short homily. In the history of the Church there haven’t been a lot of Saints, let alone Doctors of the Church, who were famed for brief...

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Hidden Tabernacles and 8 More Liturgical Crotchets

Two years ago I wrote a piece in the Register (“9 of My Liturgical Crotchets—and Yours”) about things that distract me at Mass. While none of these are “diriment impediments,” I do find them disturbing. For example: 1. Uncentered tabernacles....

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The Rise of the Clerks Regular

I recently picked up a book called Theatine Spirituality for no other reason than that I wanted to know what it meant, exactly. Turns out one can’t understand what “Theatine” spirituality is without knowing a bit about Barnabite spirituality and...

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7 Norbertine Saints You Should Know

We recently celebrated the feast of St. Norbert, founder of the Canons Regular of Prémontré, also known as the Premonstratensians or Norbertines. I’ve written at length about St. Norbert here and I once lived in a Premonstratensian Abbey. But...

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9 Unique Suggestions for Summer Reading

A few years ago, I suggested that, instead of some mindless mass-market best-seller for your summer reading, to try reading something totally different — something that you would normally never, ever pick up. Herewith, some suggestions for summer...

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The Voice of St. Chromatius is Heard Once More

In 2004 I was working as a book editor. One of the pleasures of that job was coming up with ideas for new books. So at a “proposal meeting” (where an editor proposes a book idea to the entire team) I proposed a book of St. Chromatius’...

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Print is Dead—Or Is It? Another Catholic Publishing Quiz

In our last quiz on the subject of Catholic publishing, we noted that, despite lamentations that “print is dead,” more people than ever are reading—and that the publishing industry in general is enjoying a renaissance through audio books since...

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The Popes Who Are Still Blessed

I’ve written before in these pages about how for centuries there were no popes in the modern era who were canonized except Pope St. Celestine in 1315, and then Pope Pius V in 1712. However in the 20th century, we have four canonized popes (Sts....

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Print is Dead — Long Live Print! (A Quiz)

“Print is dead.” How many times have you heard this? Yet research from the Yale School of Management’s Publishing Course shows that people—especially young people are reading more (and more) than ever. True, most of what they are reading is...