“Over-the-Rhine” is an historic neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati that was home to the city’s many German Catholic immigrants in the 19th century.  It is also home to Old St. Mary Church, a center of Catholic orthodoxy and traditional liturgical practice in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The church’s steeple appears in the foreground of the photograph on the site’s masthead.  The Tiber River is the main watercourse in Rome, which was settled on its East bank.  Converts are said to “swim the Tiber” to cross into Catholic territory.

In his 2005 Christmas address to the Roman curia, Pope Benedict XVI proposed a “hermeneutic of continuity” to interpret the documents of Vatican II as an alternative to the all-too-common “hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture.”  The former hermeneutic, or way of interpreting information, sees the council and its documents in continuity with 2,000 years of Catholic history, while the latter sees them as revolutionary breaks with the past.  This site and its authors will examine various aspects of Catholic life within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the surrounding region through the lens of continuity.

15 Responses to “About”

  1. andersonbd1 Says:

    welcome back to the blogging, Rich.. and welcome to the others. Still hoping you bring your old site back online, Rich.

  2. Rich Says:

    Thanks, Ben. I may bring Ten Reasons back online for archival purposes.

  3. Welcome to the Catholic BLOG world. Feel free to check out our site http://www.purelycatholic.com where I discern daily Mass Readings and write poetry of Scripture discerned daily as well. Peace be with your Spirit!

    God Bless,

  4. Torkay Says:

    Rich – I don’t see a link to email you, and this may not be relevant to your new blog, but thought you might be interested in this blogger comment (“Hopeful”) on LifeSite news, in response to John-Henry Westen’s article on how the Pope corrects wayward bishops. It refers to your home diocese:

    “Does the Pope have any idea what has really been going on in Rochester NY? Does anyone have any evidence to offer that he is taking any action there? How can a Fr. Charles Curran not be allowed to teach any longer in Catholic universities but still address the faithful in the parish pew? How can priests in the Rochester Diocese still be raising the question of women’s ordination in their church bulletins (as recently as 3 days ago when the pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, Fr. Wm. Spilly, raised it after receiving an award recognition from Call to Action? How can the bishop have appointed so many women to act as pastoral administrators of parishes, with priests “reporting” to those women? How can dozens of priests be listed as contributors to Fortunate Families, which is “proud” of their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered children’s life styles? Where is the financial accountability for the assets of so many closed churches and schools? If there is any evidence that any of this is being addressed, it is certainly subtle. A clean-sweep new Bishop is desperately needed, as soon as possible!”

  5. Bona Says:

    Mr. Leonardi. Glad to see you are back. Hope you had a happy feast of St. Edmund Campion.

  6. Rosemary Says:

    So glad to see that you are back! We need your wisdom, honesty, dedication, and insight. I didn’t know whether you would reconsider, but I’m glad you did.

  7. Trad Tom Says:

    I know I’m a little late — just found out tonight! — but welcome back to the blogosphere! You, and those you have asked to join you, are true voices of true Catholicism. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. Steve DiCarlo Says:


    I have a very interesting comparison for you or a local compatriot to follow up on regarding the old Mercy hospital on Kipling vs the new facility on Mercy Way off North Bend. Steve DiCarlo (owner of Authentically Catholic Books) 859-431-7059

  9. mark malik Says:

    I enjoy your blog very much!

  10. susan m greve Says:

    The Morality of Human Rights: A Secular Ground
    Dohrman W. Byers You may want to find coy of this.

  11. Joe K Says:

    Rich, Haven’t heard from you in a while. Hope all is well. God bless. Joe Kraimer

  12. paul stratman Says:

    Page 10 in this weekend’s St Cecilia Bulletin outlines Fr. Weber’s instructions re Latin (and Greek). You’re right: Fr. Jamie is a bastion of orthodoxy on the East side.

  13. Cathy D Says:

    I have to pick up my daughter on Mother’s Day at Xavier. Where can we go for mass in Cincy that is more orthodox than the X campus? Did that twice. Not doing it again.

    1. Rich Says:

      On the near East side of town, try St. Cecilia in Oakley. Or head downtown and visit Old St. Mary.

      1. Cathy D Says:

        Rats. Time constraints left us stuck with mass on campus. All was well up until the Eucharistic prayer. I’m pretty sure it was mostly ad-libbed. And we were almost the only ones kneeling. But the homily was rock solid, they didn’t omit the Gloria this time and we chanted the Our Father.

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