In the light of twenty centuries of Christian life and ecclesiology … one point seems obvious, and is, in fact, found beneath most reform suggestions of Vatican II: what most encumbers the evolution of the Catholic Church is a deformation of pastoral authority. Especially over the last centuries, pastoral authority has tended to be isolated from
Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: A Reader’s Excellent Email Prompts a Question: Has the Church Erred in the Past or in the Present?
Blog Master’s Note: What follows is a wonderful email I got from a reader who is a convert to Catholicism from Protestantism. Other than that little detail I will say nothing further as to the reader’s idenity since he/she wishes to remain anonymous. But I have corresponded with this reader before and I always find
“Begin with the beautiful, which leads you to the good, which leads you to truth.” Bishop Robert Barron. A friend of mine on Facebook recently tagged on my page a short YouTube clip of Dr. Ralph Martin being interviewed by Matt Fradd on his podcast “Pints with Aquinas.” The topic was Bishop Robert Barron (again)
I am back from my short retreat/visit to the Abbey of the Genesee where we were able to visit at length with Fr. John Gribowich, now Fr. Philip Neri. But no matter the name or the title, he will always just be “Grib” to me. And I see no disrespect in that. Many of Pope
Tonight my wife and I will be making the three hour drive to the Trappist Abbey of the Genesee near Piffard, New York. We will be spending the weekend there on retreat and sharing a cottage with Cyrus Brewster, reader of this blog and the man who lent me the most empathy and support when the
What follows is a guest blog post by Dr. Philippa Martyr, who has posted on here before. This is a follow-up in a way to my last blog post on the crisis in the priesthood, but also is a follow-up to several past posts on related topics. This is a very personal accounting by Dr.
“What does the word bourgeois actually mean? … The word designates a spiritual state, a direction of the soul, a peculiar consciousness of being.” “The bourgeois, even when he is a ‘good Catholic’, believes only in this world, in the expedient and the useful; he is incapable of living by faith in another world and refuses to
Before I proceed I want to be clear about a few things. I do not think, as some radical traditionalists claim, that Pope Francis is a heretic. Nor do I think he is a false pope. I think Archbishop Vigano and his minions are full of it and I want nothing to do with him or his
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