Some thoughts on remarks made by Francis in interviews while traveling to and from the Philippines in January
is an enormous concern for me, a big concern. Am I afraid? You know, I
have a shortcoming: a healthy dose of recklessness. I am not bothered by
these things. Every now and then I have asked myself: ‘Could it happen
to me?’ And I’ve said to the Lord” ‘Lord, I ask only for the grace that I
don’t feel pain’. Because I am ...
St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome.
On February 21, Pope Francis
announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the
Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people
are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of
the new honor bestowed upon him are. One key question that is arising is: was
St. Gregory a Catholic?
Eve Tushnet’s laudable goals in Gay and Catholic are undermined by a flawed understanding of theological anthropology.
It is not without reluctance that I
offer the following critique of Eve Tushnet’s Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My
Faith (Ave Maria Press). My reluctance stems mainly from the conviction
that her outreach to persons who experience same-sex attraction and to those
who wish to better understand and love them is unquestionab...
Austen Ivereigh’s The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope offers many insights into Francis, but does have a serious weakness
Ecclesia et Civitas
can figure this pope out?” was the question raised by friends at a
recent lunch. The nine of us spent a lot of time voicing fear, concern,
confusion, and speculating about what he is up to. (And as mothers to a
collective 62 children, we had to discuss the pope’s “rabbit” quote.) A
quick look around the blogosphere makes it clear we are not the on...
The thing most needed for independence from an all-pervasive this-worldly system based on career, consumption, and electronic distraction is a concrete transcendent focus of loyalty
all appearances, everyday life is becoming ever more at odds with the
Catholic vision of what it should be. It’s becoming less like life as
traditionally conceived, a network of relationships, loyalties, and
purposes, many of which are natural or transcendent and therefore
enduring. Instead, it’s becoming more like eBay, Facebook, a government
office, or an industrial...