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GUEST COLUMNIST | Sacred language can lift worshippers

Upon hearing about the Latin Mass, the first response often is a question: Isn't the use of Latin in Catholic worship outdated — something Vatican Council II wanted the modern Church to leave behind?

In fact, the Council's Constitution on the Liturgy decreed, "The use of the Latin language is to be preserved, ... but since the use of the vernacular ... may frequently be of great advantage to the people, a wider use may be made of it, especially in readings, directives, and in some prayers and chants" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 36).

As a first-time voter, Father Harrison calls voting a privelege

After living in the United States for nearly nine years, Australian-born Father Brian Harrison, OS, is finally eligible to put an "I'm Catholic and I vote" bumper sticker on the back of his car. Father Harrison, rector at St. Mary of Victories Church, was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at a ceremony Aug. 26. He was able to vote for the first time and cast his ballot at the Metropolitan Community Church polling station in St. Louis

When Father Brian Harrison, OS, came to his polling place in the Soulard neighborhood of south St. Louis, he was treated especially well.

It wasn't because he was wearing a Roman collar — though one man outside on the parking lot still in Halloween mode asked if he was in costume — but rather because supervisor Jim Senyard and the election judges learned that he was a first-time voter in the United States.

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