Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Reflections on the Eucharistic dialogue of John 6

Editor’s note: This semester, as last, I am taking a theology class, and to the extent that my written submissions are thought canonical, excerpts will appear here under the TH225 tag after submission and grading. For last semester, see the TH200 tag. In this assignment, we are asked to discuss the single story from the […]

Shifting the burden of proof on altar girls

One of the less attractive ideas that circulates in traditionalist circles is the notion that the vocations crisis has a lot to do with altar girls. The logic goes like this: Statistics show that thumping majorities of ordinands served at the altar, so if you increase the number of boys serving at the altar you […]

Ordinatio sacerdotalis and its limits

This year, many Catholics celebrated or lamented the twentieth anniversary of St. John Paul II’s apostolic letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis, in which the Holy Father settled the question of whether the Church is able to ordain women. Nunc sicut tunc, the spotlight falls onto the question because of moves in the Anglican communion: Now, because of the Church […]

Terminology note: Pope

Via Rorate coeli, Archbishop Jan Graubner reports recent remarks by Francis I, the incumbent of the See of Rome: When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, … [Francis] made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns […]

Episcopal authority and the abuse crisis

The bishop of Kansas City, his excellency Bp. Robert Finn, is a favorite and frequent target of dissenters; his conviction provides a focal point and a face for the abuse crisis, even though he’s something of a patsy, as I’ve noted before. See The Finn Indictment, 1 MPA 51 (2012). Elsewhere, it was suggested that Finn’s […]

Authoritative teaching, liturgy, and authority

Elsewhere, it was suggested to me that authority “seems to be a major element of Catholic belief” for me, as does liturgy. I gave a lengthy explanation of my views on authority in The Catholic proposition, 2 MPA 77 (2012), but some additional remarks will not hurt. I. Authority, in the sense of the sources […]

Terminology note: High/low church revisited

Last year, I adopted the Anglican taxonomy of “low church / high church” as an improvement on the prevailing “liberal / conservative” taxonomy. I conceded, however, that doing so would not solve every problem. It is certainly possible, for example, to have a very orthodox ecclesiology (high church) while preferring the most extremely modernist ars […]

Evangelization is a rescue mission

Some year ago, Yves Cardinal Congar, OP, supplied to us an image of the Church as a liferaft for a world that is destined to sink. The world is going to the bottom; we shall be rescued. And having been rescued, having clambered aboard the liferaft, what is the ordinary Christian life? To stay afloat, […]

The Catholic Proposition

Last week, I delivered a presentation to Catholic Adult Fellowship on authority, apostolicity, and the Church, entitled The Catholic Proposition. The written version underlying my remarks is now available here, and a podcast/MP3 version is available here.

Reform and the episcopate

I will admit that I took up Rodger van Allen’s article How to build a better bishop with some trepidation. The agenda of many left-leaning Catholics vis-à-vis reform of the episcopate is no secret, and so I expected nothing good. Nevertheless, there is good and bad in this. Citing (sub rosa) George Weigel’s book The […]