Words and Ideas in This Blog: Obscure and Otherwise

Some of the words in this blog, like Magisterium, aren't the sort of thing you hear in everyday conversation. Others, like Tradition (capital "T"), don't mean quite what they do in most contexts.

To save me a bit of trouble, and maybe provide a handy look-up page: here's a few definitions, and links to posts (not all in this blog) where I've discussed some odd words and phrases, and some ordinary ones that Catholics use in different ways.

"Anglo," "the establishment:" how I use some terms

This may not be quite what you find in a dictionary:
Someone whose ancestors are primarily English. (I look Anglo, but I'm not.1)
The establishment
People whose position in society give them disproportionate influence, and who who share a somewhat consistent set of assumptions about what's real (September 15, 2011)

"Secret" Doesn't Always Mean "Secret"

"The Catholic Church: Authoritarian, Which Isn't Necessarily a Bad Thing" (October 2, 2008)
Dark night of the soul
"Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Born August 26, 1910" (August 26, 2009)
Home Schooling
"Home Schooling: It May Not be What You Think" (May 20, 2010)
Information Gatekeeper
"What is an Information Gatekeeper?" Another War-on-Terror Blog (August 14, 2009)
"Sacred Relic Stolen: Prayer Requested" (July 12, 2010)
"The Catholic Church: Authoritarian, Which Isn't Necessarily a Bad Thing" (October 2, 2008)
Particular judgment
"Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell, and Warm Fuzzies" (August 8, 2010)
Secret (As in "Vatican Secret Archives")
"When "Secret" Doesn't Mean "Secret:" The Vatican Secret Archives" (November 12, 2010)
"The Catholic Church: Authoritarian, Which Isn't Necessarily a Bad Thing" (October 2, 2008)
"Tolerance: Yes, it's a Good Idea" (August 3, 2009)
"Veneration, Worship, and All That (April 16, 2011)

"EF," "NO," "OF," and "TLM:" Unofficial Definitions

Tentative definitions for other 'Catholic' terms (from April 21, 2011):
Extraordinary Form
Sometimes called TLM
Holy Mother Church
The Roman Catholic Church
Holy See
The Vatican
Novus Ordo (Latin, "New Order")
Ordinary Form
Mass, celebrated in the local language
Mass, celebrated in Latin, following current instructions from the Holy See
Traditional Latin Mass
I learned that the acronyms "EF" and "OF" are (apparently) often used by folks who don't like the Second Vatican Council. That explained why I couldn't find the terms in resources that follow the Holy See.

I've discussed why I researched "EF" and "OF," and what I think of jargon, in this post:

Abasement to Venerate: Words in the Roman Missal

1 I'm Norwegian, Irish, and Scots: and heartily glad that the days of "Irish need not apply" are over.

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From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.