Archive | 2011

The Supper of the Lamb

You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic. Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus

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Pope Benedict Calls for a Year of Faith

Ever since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict has spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith, to respond to the profound crisis of faith that has affected many people.  With his new Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, he has announced a Year of Faith when the Church as a whole will reflect

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Scott Hahn Addresses the New Evangelization

VANCOUVER—Catholics have been given the task of spreading the message, says Dr. Scott Hahn. They must be trained to evangelize and catechize, and they must be sacramentalized (partake in the sacraments), Hahn said during a recent lecture on mystagogy at Regent College. Mystagogy, a Greek term meaning “to be guided into the mysteries,” leads believers

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St. Paul Center to Government Regulators:

As you may be aware, the federal government’s Department of Health and human Services (HHS) has proposed a morally bankrupt new regulation that, if implemented, will go into effect in 2012.  It would require that all insurance programs nationwide cover all forms of contraception – including abortifacient drugs such as Plan B and Ella –

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Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible, Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts about Papal infallibility and its relationship to the interpretation of Scripture. See part 1, part 2, and part 2a. In the first and second parts of this series of posts, we discussed the infallibility of the Church as a whole, and then the infallibility of an

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Exegesis as Theology, Theology as Exegesis

One of the most jaw-dropping sections in Pope Benedict’s recent letter, Verbum Domini, states the following: “where exegesis is not theology, Scripture cannot be the soul of theology, and conversely, where theology is not essentially the interpretation of the Church’s Scripture, such a theology no longer has a foundation” (Verbum Domini, no. 35). In a

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Why the Pope has to be Infallible, Part 2a

The semester is in full swing for many of us, and the time to blog is scarce.  In preparation for my next post on papal infallibility, I’d like to call attention to this well-known essay by Protestant theologian Stephen Long from Garret-Nelson Seminary, who made some excellent and succinct remarks on the necessity of the

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In the School of Pope Benedict

The new semester’s starting up. We’re heading back to school. I’m readying my lesson plans. My students are shopping for the best buys on their textbooks. Maybe your school days are long over. But isn’t it good that we have these seasonal nudges—perennial reminders that we should never be finished with our learning? Maybe the

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Why the Pope has to be Infallible, Part 2

In my last post,  I tried to show that there were two basic positions about who is the final arbiter of the interpretation of Scripture, either (A) the Church or (B) the individual Christian, and if (A) is true, then the Church has to be infallible; otherwise one returns to the default position (B). I

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Blessed the Barron

The long-awaited book Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is out and buyable! When Father Barron is talking, I can’t stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can’t put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word

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