Daily Archives: 19 December 2005

OT 11: Developing Personal Qualities of the Seminarians

Optatam Totius 11 suggests a balance between foundational education and “the newer findings of sound psychology and pedagogy.” For the bad rap psychology gets as the episcopal and neo-con scapegoat of choice, there is much to be said for the … Continue reading

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OT 19: Pastoral Training

Optatam Totius 19 begins the sixth chapter which deals with “The Promotion Of Strictly Pastoral Training.“ That pastoral concern which ought to permeate thoroughly the entire training of the students also demands that they be diligently instructed in those matters … Continue reading

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To Hell Or Not

Overheard on This American Life yesterday: this segment entitled “Heretics.” In sum: The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson (pictured), an evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His church, Higher Dimensions, was once one of the biggest in the city, drawing crowds … Continue reading

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Benedict on Joseph

Zenit reports today on the Pope’s reflections on Joseph, adoptive father of Jesus: “(Joseph) does not demonstrate an empty interior, but rather the fullness of faith that he carries in his heart.” “Let’s allow ourselves to be ‘infected’ by the … Continue reading

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Somebody Save Us From These JP2 Bishops!

Please. Indy archbishop Daniel Buechlein “speaks up,” but we in the sainted bloggerhead don’t seem to think much of his comments. Amy takes him to task for not hammering harder on Dan Brown. (no surprise.) Rock is similarly unimpressed. I … Continue reading

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OT 10: Celibacy and Marriage

Optatam Totius 10 begins: Students who follow the venerable tradition of celibacy according to the holy and fixed laws of their own rite are to be educated to this state with great care. They said and taught it forty years … Continue reading

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OT 9: Priests “Not Destined for Domination”

That’s a quote. Can you dig it? Optatam Totius 9 speaks of seminarians possessing a “(saturation) with the mystery of the Church, especially as described by this sacred synod, that, bound to the Vicar of Christ in a humble and … Continue reading

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