Christian Identity and Communities of Memory: Renewing the Public Life at the Parish Level (Final)

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Challenges of Individualism Part 3: The Person, the Other, and the Community in communio Ecclesiology Part 4: Affinity and Lifestyle Enclaves Part 5: Communities of Memory Part 6: The Parish and the Mission of the Laity “Civic” Ministry Having considered the role of the parish and the mission and [Read More…]

Christian Identity and Communities of Memory: Renewing the Public Life at the Parish Level (Part 6)

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Challenges of Individualism Part 3: The Person, the Other, and the Community in communio Ecclesiology Part 4: Affinity and Lifestyle Enclaves Part 5: Communities of Memory The Parish and the Mission of the Laity The Second Vatican Council recognized the important role of the parish in the context of [Read More…]

Christian Identity and Communities of Memory: Renewing the Public Life at the Parish Level (Part 5)

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Challenges of Individualism Part 3: The Person, the Other, and the Community in communio Ecclesiology Part 4: Affinity and Lifestyle Enclaves Communities of Memory Bellah directly contrasts lifestyle enclaves with communities of memory, which he defines as those communities that do not forget their past. A community of memory [Read More…]

Christian Identity and Communities of Memory: Renewing the Public Life at the Parish Level (Part 4)

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Challenges of Individualism Part 3: The Person, the Other, and the Community in communio Ecclesiology Affinity and Lifestyle Enclaves Although American culture is highly individualistic and its emphasis can be quite overpowering, the human tendency toward relationships is still present. Americans across the country still gather in small groups [Read More…]

Christian Identity and Communities of Memory: Renewing the Public Life at the Parish Level (Part 3)

Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Challenges of Individualism The Person, the Other, and the Community in communio Ecclesiology In order to overcome the limitations individualism imposes on us as Catholics, we need to understand how the Church views the person (as opposed to the individual), the other (our neighbor), and the community in the [Read More…]

Christian Identity and Communities of Memory: Renewing the Public Life at the Parish Level (Part 2)

Part 1: Introduction The Challenge of Individualism We are Catholics, but we are Americans at the same time. It is an illusion to think that we can live our lives as “good” Catholics while being isolated from the larger American society. Inevitably, if we are to engage American culture, we have to confront and understand [Read More…]

Open Thread: What do you understand by the term “public life”?

I am writing a paper for my Faith and Dominant American Culture class and I need input from Catholics (or even Christians from other denominations) as to what they understand by the term “public life.” Why do I need the input? I need to get an idea of where Catholics stand with regard to the [Read More…]

Cardinal DiNardo’s take on the Notre Dame issue

I attended a talk on Paul last night by our own Cardinal DiNardo and one of my friends told me about an article he wrote regarding the Notre Dame issue that we are all very well aware of. He is the first American cardinal to denounce Notre Dame’s move. I personally have not expressed my [Read More…]