Fr. Neuhaus dies

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a leading voice of Catholic conservatism in America, and one of those rare theologians and spiritual leaders whose influence vastly exceeded the boundaries of their religious community, has died at 72. Neuhaus slipped away Jan. 8, shortly before 10 o’clock Eastern time. He never recovered from the weakness that sent him [Read More...]

Protesting RC Church Closings

Sitting a some prime real estate, a church was chosen by the Boston diocese to be sold … but the locals said, “No!,” and they have now guarded the place for more than 1500 days. From NYT. SCITUATE, Mass. — There are sleeping bags in the sacristy at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church and reclining [Read More...]

Bible Readers: Puzzlers

A letter from a reader of this blog: I suppose my first question has to do with systematic theology.  Until recently, I would consider myself broadly reformed.  At the moment, I just don’t know.  Recently I’ve grown so tired of trying to figure things out.  It seems that I fall off the horse either one [Read More...]

Catholics and Women’s Ordination 2

What happens to women in ministry when the ground on which they are standing suddenly shifts? That is, what happens to women who are “ordained” when the word “ordain” suddenly changes? That is the impact of the first chp in Gary Macy’s The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West. Ordination [Read More...]

Gospel 49

Paul adds a “wrinkle” to the word “gospel” in Ephesians and it strikes me as very close to how Jesus used his favorite expression, “the gospel of the kingdom.” It is found first in Ephesians 2:17 and is also seen in 3:6, 8 and 6:15. The wrinkle is the concept of peace: the gospel is [Read More...]


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