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Units of liturgical measurement

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 26, 2011

Does your computer have one of those convenient functions that provides instant conversion of various units of measurement: length, weight, area, volume, temperature, etc? If so, maybe you could help out some reporters for Newsday, whose report on Christmas Mass at the Rockville Centre cathedral betrayed some serious confusion:

But the hourlong Mass, consisting as it always does of Missals, was a bit different this year.

So how many Missals are there in a Mass?


Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Travelling - Mar. 24, 2017 9:58 PM ET USA

    The last point is the salient one. As someone who has a close family member who was damaged by priestly sexual abuse i keep a close eye on this one. That relative still suffers psychologically 30 years later to the degree that his daily life cannot be lived. Our experience as a family is that the local church (bishop) brushed it under the carpet. The police were the ones who pursued conviction and justice, and they got it after two decades. The Church did not cooperate.