Category Archives: Church History

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

Posted in Church History, Liturgy, Neil | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Church History, Neil | 19 Comments

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

Posted in Church History, Neil | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church History, Neil | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church History, Neil | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Church History, Neil | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church History, Neil | 12 Comments