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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Byzantine Liturgy: Taxis, Historia, Theoria

(This is Neil.) I had hoped to put up this post a few days ago, so you will have to forgive the unexpected delay. The last lecture collected in the Jesuit liturgist Robert Taft’s Through Their Own Eyes: Liturgy as … Continue reading

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The Eucharist in the West

(This is Neil.) An article in the March 2007 New Blackfriars, written by the Jesuit theologian Michael McGuckian, is ambitiously titled “The Eucharist in the West.” Fortunately, Fr McGuckian tells us that he wants to “concentrate on one particular issue, … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer and Common European Values

(This is Neil.) I’d like to post once more about Christianity during the Second World War, particularly how the thought of the Kreisau Circle might help us meditate on common European values – a subject of interest, I’m sure, for … Continue reading

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The Inquisition, Torture, and Modernity

(This is Neil.) In the most recent issue of Faith & International Affairs, the theologian William T. Cavanaugh tells us that his lectures on torture in the modern world are often met with a semi-accusation, “How can you criticize the … Continue reading

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The Catholic Context in Bonhoeffer’s Lifetime

(This is Neil.) In light of my previous post, I thought that I would share some of the major points of a very interesting paper delivered during a panel discussion at a conference entitled “Dietrich Bonhoeffer for our Times: Jewish … Continue reading

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For Martin Luther King Day

(This is Neil). Perhaps Martin Luther King Day is most valuable when it forces us to question ourselves. Last week in the New Republic, Rick Perlstein suggested that Dr King “represented something truly terrifying … that seekers of justice may … Continue reading

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Aquinas on Torture

(This is Neil) As we consider the issue of torture, we might find ourselves hesitating when we recall the not insignificant place of torture in the history of the Catholic Church. After Mark Shea composed an article for Crisis arguing … Continue reading

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Congar as Aquinas Writing to Rahner

Since I posted on Yves Congar, OP, on Saturday, I thought that I might point out that Congar once wrote a letter to Karl Rahner, SJ, posing as Thomas Aquinas. Perhaps you are already aware that it can be found … Continue reading

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