Category Archives: Roman Catholicism

2 Paradigms and a 2K Wrinkle

Mark Massa

Maura Jane Farrelly thinks the difference between the way Roman Catholics and Protestants know God also explains support for political freedom: What is curious about this unwillingness of non-specialists in American Catholic history to entertain the possibility that nineteenth-century anti-Catholicism might have been rooted in something real is that historians who focus on the American… Read More→

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Even Romans Wasn’t That Long

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Boniface once again shows why he is a much more important read than Bryan and the Jasons. This time he explains why a papal letter has to be 187 pages (!!!!) long: Modern encyclicals are a curious thing. The encyclical developed from the papal bull. The bull was a primarily juridical instrument used as a… Read More→

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Window Shut?

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When asked about the need for the Second Vatican Council, John XXIII said, “I want to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in.” So how can it be that the new encyclical, Laudao Si, may be an indication that the Roman church is… Read More→

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Been There, Done That

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Pope Francis’ debt to Calvinism: Laudato Si’ will restate what previous popes have said on environmental destruction and its impact on the poor, but as an encyclical, the church’s highest teaching document, it will have magnified impact. The encyclical should remind us of American environmentalism’s own intensely religious and moral roots, which have mostly been… Read More→

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When Is Orthodoxy Dead?

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If someone believes in the virgin birth of Christ, what’s the chance she (see what I did there?) will promote same-sex marriage? Or if someone insists on singing psalms only in worship, will he support women’s ordination? Or what if a pastor believes the Bible to be the infallible word of God, do you think… Read More→

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More Doctrinal Evolution

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If it’s wrong for Protestants to think that Calvin and Luther were simply reiterating what Paul and Peter taught, isn’t it also wrong for Roman Catholics to think that Trent was a doctrinal glimmer in the eye of the early church fathers? Merely waving the wand of doctrinal development won’t help you think historically, or… Read More→

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Reality Wins

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Is it merely coincidental that the day that Nancy Pelosi tries to gain the upper Roman Catholic hand on Marco Rubio is also the day that Jason Stellman (of Bryan and the Jasons) announces he is throwing in the towel? Here‘s Nancy on the Roman Catholic mainstream: I thoroughly disagree (with Rubio’s opposition to gay… Read More→

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What A Call with Integrity Sounds Like

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If Bryan and the Jasons had truly been conservative Presbyterians, they would have carried suspicions of liberalism into the Roman Catholic Church with them. But that they continue to insist that Protestantism and Roman Catholicism represent two distinct paradigms while not recognizing the two paradigms that exist on both sides of the Tiber — one… Read More→

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