Does Ecumenism Demand Open Communion?

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The optimistic ecumenist suggests that the Catholic practice of barring Protestants from receiving communion is an obstacle on the path to unity. A Lutheran pastor (who was a cradle Catholic) wrote to me the other day saying that he didn’t understand why anyone should be refused communion. The call to the Lord’s table, he opined, [Read More...]

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From Trendy Zendy Architecture…

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…good Lord deliver us. Have we not learned our lessons from the decaying, carpeted crashed flying saucer churches that litter our American suburbs? Here is an article that gushes lovingly over the designs for a new church in New Jersey by New York architect Carlo Enzo. Amenities include gallery and museum space to attract visitors [Read More...]

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Anglicans, Africans and Future Church

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My article this week for Aletia explores the impact the Anglican decision to suspend the Episcopalians has on the Catholic Church The center of gravity for worldwide Christianity is shifting away from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. This shift from North to South is cultural and demographic. Christians in the [Read More...]

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Exorcism and Superstition

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My latest blog post at National Catholic Register is here Exorcism movies are popular, but when you see one what is your reaction? Will you respond with superstition or supernaturalism? Superstition is any sort of belief or behavior which is magical. A magical understanding of religion is primitive, immature and dangerous. It involves sympathetic magic [Read More...]

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The Mystery of Marriage

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My homilies from Our Lady of the Rosary are now being recorded and are accessible on the website here. Here is my homily for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. It outlines the different levels of meaning packed into John’s account of the wedding at Cana in Galilee. There is a theological, ecclesiological and liturgical [Read More...]

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Twelve Reasons Why Progressive Christianity Will Die Out

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The recent furore in the Anglican Communion has highlighted yet again the real division in world Christianity. I have analyzed it here. The division is between Christian who, for want of a better term might be called “historic” Christians and those who are “progressive” Christians. The historic Christians believe their religion is revealed by God [Read More...]

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