Daily Archives: 2 December 2013

Aparecida 4-5: A Bit of History and Inculturation

The bishops at Aparecida looked at the coming of the Gospel to the Americas and the ongoing evangelization with what I think are somewhat rose-colored glasses. In paragraph 4, the bishops see the openness to the Gospel, rooted in the … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 48-49

The liturgy may be called upon to assist a theological argument: 48. For this reason, whenever there was question of defining a truth revealed by God, the Sovereign Pontiff and the Councils in their recourse to the “theological sources,” as … Continue reading

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The New Breed of Cafeteria Catholics

One of Ross Douthat’s friends is crowing: “NOW it’s your turn to be part of the loyal opposition,” a fellow Catholic journalist said to me earlier this year, as Pope Francis’s agenda was beginning to take shape. … Now, he … Continue reading

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Cardinal Mahony Featured

Check this devastating report on Cardinal Roger Mahony. The man has largely disappeared from public view since the conclave. But in retirement he still blogs, mainly in immigration policy advocacy. The report seems thorough and balanced–more than fair to a man … Continue reading

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EG 7: Real Joy

These introductory paragraphs are deceptively deep. Pope Francis is offering a lot of food for thought here. The citation given is from Pope Paul VI’s 1975 apostolic exhortation on Christian joy. The problem of empty pleasure in technology seems still … Continue reading

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