Tag Archives: Inside baseball

The place of the Curia

John Allen reports that the Vatican is being rocked by another bout of administrative turmoil. Calls for change in NCR’s comment section are less “dog bites man” than “man breathes air,” but in this case, as I’ve argued before, I think that the calls are well-taken, although I suspect that I and they have quite […]

The democratic fallacy

Periodically, someone will suggest that bishops ought to be elected, and they will place immense weight on the point that bishops were once elected; they are likely to offer a quote (without sourcing) that he who is to govern all should be chosen by all. While it’s true, after a fashion, that bishops were elected […]

Why “Roman” Catholic?

Some Catholics bridle at the modifier “Roman,” noting that it has derogatory origins, but I think that there’s much to be said for what then-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger had to say about the label fifty years ago: In that it says “Catholic” it is distinguished from a Christianity based on scripture alone, instead acknowledging faith in […]

Essay on Communion in the hand

This Easter, all else being equal, I will be confirmed in the Catholic Church. Because the prospect of first communion is now before me, I must make a decision on whether to receive communion in the hand or, as is traditional, on the tongue, both options being licit in the United States. In this essay, prepared […]

Active participation

Fr. Zuhlsdorf has a post noting the distortions that follow from misunderstanding Vatican II’s call for “active participation” in the liturgy. Some people will claim that active participation provides some warrant for a vernacular liturgy, but that view is untenable. It’s vital to understand that the council didn’t invent “active participation”; in trying to convey […]

Phil Mathias on the corrected translation

The corrected translation has attracted a lot of criticism, very little of it substantial. Phil Mathias’ National Post commentary does little to redress the balance. It’s hard to keep reading after Phil regurgitates the tired “hiearchy vs. the people” line that’s been so in vogue, but we shall soldier on. (1) Phil tackles consubstantial, and it […]

The hermeneutic for Vatican documents and Church law

Reading John Allen’s book All the Pope’s Men, which tries to explain Vatican culture to outsiders, I ran across an interesting nugget. Allen writes that in Italian culture, law is regarded as the expression of a human ideal, a descriptor pf a perfect state of affairs, and everyone realizes most people will fall short. This is […]

Chaput confirmed for Philly

Rumor confirmed: Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput will succeed Justin Card. Rigali at the helm of the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A boon all around, I think: the archdiocese gets a chance to draw a line under its difficulties, and an articulate voice for orthodoxy gains a more prominent platform.

Who was the first bishop of the Moon?

Father Z has a post noting that Archbp. William Borders had once staked his claim to have been the first bishop of the moon. The theory works like this: In 1969, Borders was the Bishop of Orlando, and because Apollo 11 had departed from Cape Kennedy, which lay within the Diocese of Orlando, Borders acquired jurisdiction […]