Category Archives: Roman Catholicism

Americanists All


Folks in other faiths or branches of THE faith are either worried or desirous of America working its wonders on belief and practice. Richard Mouw, for instance, recognizes the problem of his former advocacy of a post-American Christianity in comparison to his hopes for Muslims to find a form of Islam that fits with American… Read More→

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Worried about the Gospel?


Ross Douthat identifies the three groups of Roman Catholic conservatives who are critical of Pope Francis (I don’t think Jason and the Callers made the list — no mention of logic or motives of credibility): 1. Traditionalists. These are Catholics defined by their preference/zeal for the Tridentine Rite Mass and their rejection of (or at… Read More→

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Lenten Attractions


After reading a few posts, the idea of Lent may have some appeal. First, it might be a time to catch up on films I’ve missed (though these are the sorts of films that the missus and I usually watch on the holy day): Almsgiving, prayer, fasting. “Into Great Silence” is German filmmaker Philip Gröning’s… Read More→

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Humble or Spectacular?


Pope Francis says that Christ’s way is simple and humble: The Pope noted that “one of the three temptations of Jesus in the desert” was to create a spectacle. Satan invites Him to cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple so that, seeing the miracle, the people might believe in Him. “The Lord,… Read More→

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Always is a Long Time


Over at Commonweal, the interpreters interpreting THE interpreter, assert something about the unchanging nature of Roman Catholic teaching: The Catholic Church has always taught that the right to private property is never absolute, and must always be subordinated to common use—making sure that the needs of all are met. And while collectivism can elevate common… Read More→

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Imagine If This Applied to Church Members


Jacob Wood continues the discussion that haunts conservative Roman Catholics about whether a pope can be a heretic. He draws on the works of Francisco Suarez and Robert Bellarmine: Bellarmine was more hesitant about the whole question. Unlike Suarez, he did not take it as a given that the pope could be a formal heretic.… Read More→

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Sola Scriptura?


Don’t listen to the polls but only to Jesus except when he teaches about what will become of Jerusalem: Q. Recent polls indicate that some 70 percent of Catholics in the United States (and 66 percent in Ireland) do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, but rather a symbolic presence.… Read More→

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Church Reformed


The archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone (gotta love that name), is kicking up a lot of dust in Roman Catholic and California circles for the policies he has initiated within his parochial schools. Here‘s an example of what Cordileone has in mind: We, the Archdiocesan High Schools, Acknowledge that some of our administrators, faculty… Read More→

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A Shot in the Arm for (some) Conservatives


Pope Francis may have aggravated those of his Mexican flock, but for Americans in the Southwest who are not wild about immigration, he may have given them leverage: On Monday Mexico’s foreign minister, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, complained–“with sadness and concern”–that comments recently made by Pope Francis had stigmatzed the Mexican people. The Holy See… Read More→

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Running Things


In Miller’s Crossing, after gaining the upper hand over, Leo, the Irish mafia boss, Johnny Caspar, the Italian boss, complains that “running things” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Administration takes a lot of time and leads to a lot of compromise and loss of focus. So, when the Renaissance popes built their capital… Read More→

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