Archive | June, 2012

The Church’s First Theologian

Today is the feast of St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon (d. 202 AD),arguably the first systematic theologian in the Church.  In his youth, he learned from St. Polycarp who was a student of the Apostle John.  Irenaeus’ teaching is still very important in the Church more than 1800 years later; he is explicitly cited 24

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Cyril the Virile

Today’s saint, Cyril of Alexandria, is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. The titles are a grace, of course, but he worked hard to correspond to them. He was the nephew of his predecessor as Patriarch of Alexandria in Egypt. He likely spent his youth in a monastery before his uncle drafted

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Bishops Announce New Translation of the New Testament

In America the most widely used English version of the Bible by Catholics is the New American Bible. Its popularity is largely due to the fact that it is this version of Scripture that is read at Mass on Sunday. Last year a revised edition was released that re-worked the Old Testament. It has not

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Origen and His Influence on Christian Theology

With the big discovery of some of his lost homilies on the Psalms in the news, I decided to focus on Origen in this week’s episode of The Sacred Page Podcast. Below is a .pdf containing an outline and notes of this presentation, with references to primary sources cited. The-Sacred-Page-Podcast on Origen

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Feast of Faith

“Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival … with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8). Saint Paul wrote that line about the Christian Passover, the feast of the victory of the Lamb of God. But he would certainly forgive me for applying it to the feast day he shares with Saint Peter

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Lost Homilies of Origen Found!

I’ve written a bit on Origen in the past (e.g., here). He’s one of my favorite early Christian writers. He’s also one of Pope Benedict’s favorites. In his catechetical series on the fathers, Benedict XVI spent two lectures on Origen (many only got one). Well, now we have more of Origen than ever before. In

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