Category Archives: Church History

The Eastern Orthodox Saints of North America

(This is Neil) Should we recognize sanctity in the different churches and ecclesial communities? It is difficult to imagine a negative answer being theologically intelligible – would we constantly have to adopt an arbitrary suspicion towards “what appears to be … Continue reading

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Haeres Petri – Leo the Great and Authority

(This is Neil) Today is the feast day of St Leo the Great, pope. Thus, it would seem to be a good idea to consider some of his writings. Here, I would like to do so very briefly with the … Continue reading

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Confirmation: A Problematic History?

(This is Neil) For some time, I’ve wanted to continue discussing the sacrament of confirmation. See here, one of the not uncommon posts where the comments are better than the original post. In this post, we’ll look more at the … Continue reading

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Which Western Civilization? Whose Modernity?

(This is Neil) As I promised our frequent and much appreciated commenter Liam, I’m posting here on narratives of Western Civilization. (Sorry about the title.) More specifically, I’d like to use a recent article (link is to abstract) by the … Continue reading

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The Church, Atheism, and Dialogue: A Brief History

(This is Neil) In Catholic theology, dialogue would seem to be an inevitable term. The church must obey Christ’s words, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:16). But, as a learned theologian writes, … Continue reading

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What is Tridentine Catholicism?

(This is Neil) The purpose of this post is to attract your attention to the learned Jesuit historian Robert Bireley’s recent Presidential Address to the Catholic Historical Association, published in the April, 2009, Catholic Historical Review. What, then, is “Tridentine … Continue reading

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English Catholicism, 1951-2008

(This is Neil.) I trust that most of our readers have been spending time with the Pope’s homilies, addresses, discourses, and greetings (they can easily be found on the Whispers in the Loggia blog here). Here, I would like to … Continue reading

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